Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Sep 2005 12:54 UTC, submitted by Eugenia
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Okay, I've had an opinion change I'd like to announce. I'm betting that the future of mobility will be Linux, and not Symbian, Windows or anything else. This is quite a change from my previous pro-Symbian stances, but I've been sort of leaning this way for a while - or rather, leaning away from Symbian as it fails to live up to its potential - and now I've finally come to a religious change of faith when it comes to mobile OSes."
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I completely disagree
by Haicube on Tue 6th Sep 2005 16:34 UTC
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2005-08-06

There are certainly a few points in this article, but there is also quite a few left out. This whole crap about "Linux being free" is hardly what SonyEricsson nor Nokia is concerned about. If they're wise they're concerned about delivering quality and profit from it. Surely Symbian is not the best choice (Me personally prefer PalmOS anyday).

Being a bit realistic though, if free is what it's all about, I think Nokia rather go the MS way. there they can find huge support, a whole bunch of useful application and better integration with the desktop.

I think Symbian will live on for quite some time still, and later on I guess we'll see more diversity (Which I'm also hoping on). Many small players might pop up doing the Linux thing, just like some has gone with Windows... some develop their own stuff (HipTop anyone?) and some go for Palm. Geee I bet even some might head for an act like Haiku or QNX.

What bothers me is that this is vague speculation where someone is trying to guess what Nokia is thinking, and I for one hardly think this technician guy has a clue what happens up in the board of Nokia.

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RE: I completely disagree
by on Tue 6th Sep 2005 17:26 in reply to "I completely disagree"
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There are certainly a few points in this article, but there is also quite a few left out. This whole crap about "Linux being free" is hardly what SonyEricsson nor Nokia is concerned about. If they're wise they're concerned about delivering quality and profit from it. Surely Symbian is not the best choice (Me personally prefer PalmOS anyday).

These are hardware manufacturers. They care about 2 things;

* Per unit costs.

* Compelling features.

This is because they want margins as high as possible.

This is the same group that is worried about being able to sell sub $10 cell phones in some parts of the world. You can bet that software licence and development costs matter.

Both Motorola and Nokia, btw, have Linux phones now. The target isn't just on costs, but features; these devices have storage to do video, have MP3 support, and have PDA-style features built in.

Will Linux win every time? Nope. The ipod phones that are comming out are one example of features winning over licence fees. Expect Linux to be used frequently, though not to the exclusion of all others. That just won't happen.

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