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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Regarding S60 2nd and 3rd Edition incompatibility this was a consious decision to break compatibility, just in order to fix the broken security model of Symbian 7.1. If Nokia could, they wouldn't break it.

The only thing "broken" with Symbian 7 security that Symbian 9 "fixes" is the ability of operators to lock down whose native applications get access to what OS capabilities/APIs.

Based on the track record of telcos in innovative software provision, I'm willing to bet real money that this is the beginning of Symbian's end.

Some parallels with Unix vendors' antics in the late 80s/early 90s, while Microsoft was working on/pushing/debugging Windows on the desktop, cannot be escaped.

BTW for real open Linux phones, look for something like this:

delivered on a cheap Chinese-built hardware platform.

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