Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 29th Jun 2006 01:33 UTC
Linux Linux has one, last, chance to become the No1 OS in a particular consumer-oriented market (not counting servers): the mobile phone market. The open nature and yes, the hype around Linux has made lots of mobile-oriented companies to consider using Linux for their next-generation cellphones. But there is a major problem on the way to success, a problem which is created not by Linux itself, but by the greed and close-mindness of these same companies that endorse Linux.
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Compatibility was always one of my biggest problems with linux, my friends that use linux always had problems with programs running on diferent distros, they would only be able to put them work if they could find a port, if not, sometimes the source code wasn't good enought :S

If this happens in the current cellphones with linux, well i will stick to Simbian, i have a N70 and i simply love it. Undreads and counting of aplications that run perfectly, Turbo MSN, SmartMovie, Virtual Radio, all of them work perfectly and they are platform compatible.

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dylansmrjones Member since:

It is easy to create distro-independent binaries. Why it is done so seldom is unknown to me, but you can find binary distro-independent packages. You will however have to handle dependencies manually in most cases.

Compatibility for linux distributions are a non-issue if the distributions ship with the correct libraries. Of course, in order to hold down the size of the system, some distributions tend to take shortcuts, ruining this compatibility. That of course is extremely annoying. But so far I've encountered no compatibility problems with LFS, Gentoo, Fedora, Debian and Ubuntu. I wonder how the situation is for Suse and Mandriva. They should work equally well.

When complaining about lack of compatibility among mobile phones, one has to remember that the platforms are different, and problems in porting software from one platform to another is bound to exist. Expecting otherwise would be na´ve, at best.

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Eric Martin Member since:


This was a great article that exposes the propoganda of linux evangelists.

Linus is just a KERNEL. That's not an operating system.

Maybe these phone companies should try REACT OS or BSD.

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netpython Member since:

This was a great article that exposes the propoganda of linux evangelists.

Or shows how much passion someone can have towards gadgets.

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