Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 13th Apr 2013 20:14 UTC
In the News Martin Hedberg has interviewed Jean-Louis Gassee - founder of Be, Inc. and former Apple executive. We're looking at 45 minutes (part 1, 2, 3, and 4) of talk about operating systems an their future, so sit down, relaxe, and enjoy.
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Martin Hedberg
by mhcreativeforum on Sun 14th Apr 2013 03:08 UTC
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Hello there

I see there is some upset comments here about my interview so I thought I would pop in to clarify my view a bit. First of all, yes the open vs close question was handled a bit sloppy of me. Mainly because my first language isn't English. Quick definition-questions have a smoke screen effect on me.

I disagree however with garyd's statement that my doubt about Apples strategy have it's foundation in a GNU-cult mentality. What is really bothering me about Apple is that they are dictating what people shall use their platform to. If Microsoft would have done this everyone would have been upset, but not when Apple does it. The examples I mentioned is not the only examples of their destructive closed strategy. Remember when you couldn't replace the battery in the iPod? It took a lawsuit to get them change their minds. What happened to their "Think Different" motto?

If a vendor treated me like that I would feel humiliated and angry.

When it comes to strategy and execution that Mr Gassée mentioned, I would like to say that there are times when they can't be separated from each other.

"Closed Platform" + "Success" + "Company Politics" = "Abuse of locked in customers". Just the same way as a government can't go unchecked. This applies even if the company is reasonably ethical. Read the history of IBM, DEC and Microsoft.

This nearly unavoidable cycle of abuse in closed platforms is something people in general and companies remember. As Mr Gassée himself said: You can't fool everyone in the long run.

Maybe you don't agree with me on this but let's have a less tempered discussion about this topic.

Best regards

Martin Hedberg

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