Posted Oct 13, 2009 16:33 UTC (Tue) by pboddie
In reply to: Learning experiences
Parent article: Free N900 (KDE.News)
What you say is largely the sad truth. However, I take issue with this:
It is not really Nokia's choice to open some of it.
When projects like Openmoko (and their successors) try and get access to documentation, their bargaining power is very limited: the vendor is likely to give them the brush-off over such "intrusive" demands concerning a mere five-digit number of units. Still, the Openmoko follow-up efforts try their hardest to use open hardware where they can, and they've surely seen the pitfalls of using stuff which people thought was "open enough".
Meanwhile, Nokia ships millions of units every year and is in a much better negotiating position. If they can't bring pressure to bear on their vendors, they're either not trying, or they should be concerned about the strategic implications of their vendors getting to call all the shots.
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