Sorry, but no...
Posted Mar 30, 2011 8:11 UTC (Wed) by khim
In reply to: It's kida a moot point...
Parent article: How Amazon could loosen Google's iron grip on Android (ars technica)
What is underwhelming about Maemo? It was only killed by Cathedral politics.
Right. But the fact remains: "Cathedral politics" was able to kill it. It means few people cared. Ask yourself: why Nokia threw it away and went with Windows Phone 7? Because only geeks wanted "normal unix workstation in your pocket". The same happened with Zaurus years before: few geeks bought it (of course they were disappointed when they found out it's chock-full of binary blobs), but "normal people" were not interested so eventually it stopped being Linux-based and switched to Windows.
The next thing we'll hear from MeeGo apologists is that Hurd, too, is a resounding success.
BTW, Linux kernel is a product of the bazaar, so your negative assertion is disproved by example.
Linux kernel only become open bazaar after years of development. Initially it was developed by quite small number of people - and they coordinated development quite precisely among themselves (kinda like OHA just without all these secrecy - it was mostly replaced by obscurity because few people were interested in Linux back then). BTW new features are still developed privately in cathedral manner and often are shipped in real products before they are presented to upstream.
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