The possibility is already lost...
Posted Mar 30, 2011 16:03 UTC (Wed) by tajyrink
In reply to: The possibility is already lost...
Parent article: How Amazon could loosen Google's iron grip on Android (ars technica)
It's still pretty interesting, but it's not something to really brag about.
To summarize, I was not bragging about consumer device market shares, I was talking about using free software on mobile phones, and to more minor effect possibilities of getting pre-installed free software phones in the future. With "Ubuntu of mobile phones" I meant really smooth out-of-the-box experience for an average mobile phone user, similar to what Ubuntu offers to average desktop user at the moment (and these accomplishments have usually not much to do with market shares).
I think your comment was relatively limited to the past market shares in desktop systems, while the market shares did not prevent free software being used on the desktop. Now they don't prevent it anymore in mobile phones, and I disagree the trend would be going away.
The market shares are interesting from one view point and of course it's nice that Linux kernel soon has >50% market share in smartphones, but that or the market share of Linux in eg. televisions (all Sonys etc) are not really that interesting from the point of view of being interested in running self selected free software on those devices. In case of phones and the current Android model, it does help to some extent to get hardware drivers upstream, which helps bringing free software distributions to a bigger variety of mobile phones in addition to "freedom friendly by default" products.
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