Linked by David Adams on Tue 13th Dec 2011 03:12 UTC
Editorial I was reading today about how Linux Mint developers altered the Banshee music player source code to redirect affiliate revenue from Amazon music orders to them instead of Banshee. They've reportedly made less than $4, which has caused a kerfluffle among those paying attention to that corner of the world. But it raises a larger point that has been swirling around for a couple of decades: an OS vendor has a lot of power to influence, and even monetize their user base. Where should they draw the line?
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The main reason why mobile computing was hobbled for years after we had sufficiently advanced technology to make it possible was because of the stranglehold the carriers held over the OSes on their phones.

David, could you please stick to the topic or, failing that, at least the facts rather than insert drivel like this in an otherwise interesting post?

Maybe you are referring to how things used to be in the U.S.A. (assuming this was actually the case) but I can assure you that this wasn't the situation in Europe, not to mention that I've never had any crapware pre-installed on the Nokia Communicators I owned over the years-- but for sure I wrote and installed quite a few craplets myself (and I didn't have to resort to jailbreaking/rooting either).

But, even assuming Apple were the hero you and many other make it out to be, how is Apple's stranglehold any better than the carriers'?


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