Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Oct 2012 21:41 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It's a long read - but totally and utterly worth it. After interviewing ten former and current Nokia employees, and combining their insider information with publicly available information, Sampsa Kurri has written a long and detailed article about the history of Maemo and MeeGo within Nokia, and everything that went wrong - which is a lot. It's sad tale, one that reads almost like a manual on how to not run a large company. Still, between the bad decisions and frustrations, there's a red thread of hope that leads to Jolla.
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I wish this would end
by arsa on Fri 12th Oct 2012 09:07 UTC
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When it comes to computing, I seem to have some strange attraction to tech visionaries who went bankrupt for non-tech reasons.
I always choose the electronics I love, not just use, and then have it in plural. When I started to deal with computers seriously, it was Amiga several of them throughout years. My first job was to work with several AlphaServers. Then I started using mobile phones, and they were and still are Nokia only. During all that time I specifically picked Hi-FI and A/V almost solely made by Sony. At my current employeer, I deal with the leftovers of the Sun microsystems.
This long article about Maemo describes in details what I felt over and over again. All those companies had unbelievably great engineers and equally great organizational mistakes. I have always bought their products because of technical value and I was always let down by their managerial decisions. It's like some mental disease spread over mankind long and deep enough so neither engineers nor managers can see it and heal it. Or maybe I think like this just because I was born and live in a former communist country and can recognize the pattern? :-)
I just wish this would end. The way I see it, free and open software (and hopefully hardware, too) is the only way out.

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