Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jul 2012 22:05 UTC, submitted by Mbg
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Sorry for the delay in writing a story about this, but here we finally are: Nokia's MeeGo (or Maemo or whatever it's called this hour) is getting its successor. Yes, MeeGo, the short-lived but beloved platform running on the unicorn phone, the Nokia N9, will continue onwards in a slightly different form. Its new home? Jolla - a company formed by former Nokia chief operating officer Marc Dillon, who was the principal engineer for MeeGo/Maemo at Nokia since 2006.
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Comment by zima
by zima on Mon 16th Jul 2012 23:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Iôm not very hopeful"
zima
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2005-07-06

Honestly I don't get why these proprietary networks like Watsapp and etc. pop out like mushrooms here and there, when there is standard XMPP and tons of servers for it.

You honestly don't get something like that?

All right, let me explain... see, it's hardly about the technology - more what network effects (the people, societal kind) tend to largely promote.
People care what their buddies use (which gives kinda random dynamics), not about openness.

Nearby you point out email, how XMPP works similarly to it - thing it, it's perhaps too much like email, which auntie can really barely do - there is a notable (and frustrating...) shift of many people to communicating via FB or other social networks, and they don't see a problem with it. They don't even really seem have a concept of email as a network of separate mail servers.
(oh, and choosing exactly the same format as emails was not the best choice, it confuses people, they're used to @ meaning email)
Existence of many XMPP servers is irrelevant to them - especially with small servers which constantly disappear, people don't want to bother with such crap.

But you should care ( http://www.osnews.com/permalink?526550 ) even about "closed" XMPP - if Whatsapp essentially uses XMPP, they can as well open one day (three IM networks local to my country did that; not the by far dominant one which is a proprietary in every way monstrosity, and those three are largely abandoned, but still...)

Edited 2012-07-17 00:19 UTC

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