Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Oct 2012 21:41 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It's a long read - but totally and utterly worth it. After interviewing ten former and current Nokia employees, and combining their insider information with publicly available information, Sampsa Kurri has written a long and detailed article about the history of Maemo and MeeGo within Nokia, and everything that went wrong - which is a lot. It's sad tale, one that reads almost like a manual on how to not run a large company. Still, between the bad decisions and frustrations, there's a red thread of hope that leads to Jolla.
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RE[4]: Remember...
by jared_wilkes on Mon 15th Oct 2012 16:39 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Remember..."
jared_wilkes
Member since:
2011-04-25

What I'm impressed with is that Nokia managed to save the original project...



What did Nokia save exactly?

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RE[5]: Remember...
by Neolander on Tue 16th Oct 2012 14:18 in reply to "RE[4]: Remember..."
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

What did Nokia save exactly?

Before : Meego developers struggling in endless development hell, rewriting stuff as soon as it starts to get relatively stable.

After : An actual device is released, and is pretty successful in sales and reviews compared to other products which have went through similar development issues (Windows Vista, Mac OS 10.0...)

Sure, Elop ended up blowing everything up because like all new executives arriving in power somewhere, he knew better than anyone else what should be done. But the Meego team can hardly be blamed for that.

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RE[6]: Remember...
by jared_wilkes on Tue 16th Oct 2012 15:44 in reply to "RE[5]: Remember..."
jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

So they saved nothing and were not successful. Thanks.

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RE[6]: Remember...
by henderson101 on Tue 16th Oct 2012 16:34 in reply to "RE[5]: Remember..."
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Isn't that more to do with Elop blowing everything up and Meego becoming a stale project? I honestly believe that the only reason things calmed down was that Elop "cancelled" the project, so hardly anyone was working on it.

Historically, since I've been associated with Nokia Internet Tablet OS (aka Maemo/Meego) there have been at least 5 versions. NITOS2007, NITOS2008 (which saw two releases, second one being "Diablo"), whatever the N900 ran and this N9 Harmatten release. Every one broke the ABI (though the two 2008 versions only slightly broke it) and along the way lost older apps and made development in total flux.

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