Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Dec 2013 00:05 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

We just discovered an issue in both 1.0.0.5 and 1.0.1.10 today which causes update of the store token required for accessing store repositories to fail. A fix for that has been pushed a few minutes ago: The update to version 1.0.1.12 you might be seeing on your device soon contains exactly this one fix to keep store access working.

My Jolla arrived this morning, and I've been playing with it all day. It is by far the most exciting device and operating system I've used in a long, long time. When it arrived, the first update to the operating system was already waiting for me to be installed - and only a few hours later, another update is hitting the device. They have promised another large bugfix and stability update before the end of the year, with updates with new features arriving early next year.

These men and women know what they're doing. They're not overselling, and they keep their promises. A very promising start.

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RE[6]: Other open platforms
by Lennie on Tue 17th Dec 2013 23:38 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Other open platforms"
Lennie
Member since:
2007-09-22

HTML5 has it's advantages, but it is hard to predict what will happen.

Usually the open platform eventually wins, but it takes a lot of time and hard work, because the proprietary, probably closed and possibly native solutions are always first in a market. It takes time to create standards.

Have a look at for example what things Mozilla had to implement (a lot did not have a web standard yet):

https://wiki.mozilla.org/WebAPI

You have to think of a solution, create it in a way which is portable and still flexible, supporting many different implementations or devices and screensizes. And propose that to the different W3C working groups for development as a standard.

Then other companies can join the effort to write a specification. They might have different ideas or priorities. So you'll have to collaborate.

Before you get to that stage you might be able to start to develop parts of the code, but you can't release your code as-is to the public yet. As the API isn't stable yet.

At the moment Firefox OS has a small following, but there are millions of webdevelopers and only 100's of thousands of iOS/Android developers.

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RE[7]: Other open platforms
by moondevil on Wed 18th Dec 2013 08:21 in reply to "RE[6]: Other open platforms"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

I write portable native code. That is what C++ is for.

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RE[8]: Other open platforms
by Lennie on Wed 18th Dec 2013 11:13 in reply to "RE[7]: Other open platforms"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Good. Very good, there is nothing wrong with that.

Programming is a very useful skill. I think more people should have these skills, after all: "Software is eating the world". As an example, Amazon is not a books company, or a hosting provider, but a software development company.

I'm just saying: webtechnologies are open standards with widespread adoption. Because the webtechnologies are faster to develop for it is quicker to get a result. And you can deliver to more, diverse platforms with mostly the same code. And it has a built-in update system.

Which makes it cheaper to develop, because the time needed to do so is shorter and the people needed to do so can be less skilled.

There is some overhead, but on one hand the overhead is getting smaller and on the other the performance of the systems running the code is improving.

This means a lot of applications could be build with webtechnologies.

It also means the applications build with webtechnologies will most of the time not be the fist in a market. So native a lot of the time has the first-mover advantage.

It's a battle. A platform battle.

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