Posted Mar 22, 2007 20:01 UTC (Thu) by mrfredsmoothie
Parent article: Playing with the N800
Jon, I'm disappointed: this article doesn't live up to your usual standards of journalism or free software advocacy, IMO.
The truth is, this is a _somewhat_ open device, as there are a bunch of undocumented and/or proprietary hardware and software components without which the device doesn't function to its full capabilities (in areas as basic as power management) and which the wider developer community is not _easily_ empowered to fix (to be fair, some Nokia employees such as Igor Stoppa have helpfully tried to drop unofficial hints on the maemo-dev mailing lists to try to make that easier, but it's nothing compared to having full source and documentation).
Furthermore, one of your pet bugbears, abandoned hardware, has happened already on the N800's progenitor! Nokia has abandoned the Nokia 770 as far as official OS images goes (again, to be fair, they have released a compatibility version of the latest Internet Tablet OS for _developers_, primarily so those who don't have N800s can use their N770s to develop N800-compatible apps).
I wish you had used LWN's high profile (and my subscription $) to raise these issues in your article.
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