Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Oct 2010 12:23 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Catfight! Get out your mobile phones and start filming, because two important personalities in the mobile world just got into a catfight. After the presentation of Apple's (once again) stellar quarterly results (what's with the low iPad sales, though?), Apple's CEO Steve Jobs went on a bit of a tangent regarding Android (among other things). Google's Andy Rubin, the father of Android, responded in a pretty fun way via Twitter.
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RE[2]: Open
by Morgan on Wed 20th Oct 2010 00:50 UTC in reply to "RE: Open"
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And by the way, The first thing we think of when we hear open is Windows: W. T. F. ?! Knowing that Jobs is far from stupid, and looking at the context seeing it's not a joke, I can't really make anything of this.

I think, as Apple continues to move further and further from the open standards that helped make them what they are today, Jobs has started trying to redefine the word "open" to keep Apple looking positive.

By equating open software with Windows, he pushes the idea that open no longer means Free access to the source code and Freedom to modify and redistribute; rather, in his eyes "open software" should refer to how widespread and available it is -- and therefore how consistent the UI is. As anyone with half a clue knows, Windows is the dominant PC operating system therefore by Jobs' definition it is the most "open". Since the Mac OS is the second most popular PC OS, it must also fall under this "open" umbrella. Linux, with its ~1% market share -- again, on desktop PCs -- and its virtually unlimited potential for customization both at the low level and the UI, must therefore be "closed".

All that so he can imply that Linux on a phone must also be closed, because even though it has the highest market share among smartphones* it has the ability to host various manufacturer-branded UIs on top of the standard Android experience. Notice I said "ability", not "liability" as he would imply. I personally see the customization options as a feature, not a bug. Of course, his "open" iOS is obviously superior because it offers virtually no customization and a completely vertical app store.

As I've been saying a lot lately, I've decided I really don't like the direction Jobs and Apple are going. I still respect him for his genius and his past accomplishments, and OS X remains one of my all time favorite OSes to work in, but these days I'd almost rather use Windows.

(Cue Southern drawl) I just plain don't like Apple no more.

* I'm not including Symbian as I don't think Jobs has it on his radar, even though it is quite the popular smartphone OS.

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RE[3]: Open
by l3v1 on Wed 20th Oct 2010 08:32 in reply to "RE[2]: Open"
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Windows is the dominant PC operating system therefore by Jobs' definition it is the most "open".

Of course I get that [what this defintion might imply], but that doesn't make it any more true. We've seen many trials of redefining open&free&co over the years from various companies, by keeping to use it in contexts it doesn't [shouldn't] fit, but calling something open just because it's being used by most, doesn't fit with anything I would call open. It's just simple availability, in that it is available to be used and to develop for it by anyone, which is nice in itself, still doesn't make it open.

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