It seems so.
Posted Mar 31, 2011 6:38 UTC (Thu) by tajyrink
In reply to: Is it so hard to understand?
Parent article: How Amazon could loosen Google's iron grip on Android (ars technica)
It's almost the same thing. See Rockbox, OPIE, GPE, etc. Projects may survive but they'll be renegated to historical curiosity...
As you pick up one of those smaller projects... if a project is not widely regarded as a market share success, it's a historical curiosity and not a useful piece of software? I believe there are a lot of happy Rockbox users around, and all of them are a reason for Rockbox to be a huge success. I'm still not talking about conquering the world (while that's nice as well), I'm still talking about using free software.
Volunteer free software community can do many things but polished desktop was not among them. To achieve that you need money.
I disagree on the first point, and regarding the second point there is a lot of money to be made by both smaller and bigger players. Commercial partners are always welcome.
It depends of Google and OHA.
No it does not. It's not suddenly like they would be the only manufacturers in the world, or the only ones doing Linux phones. They are also not the most interesting ones either because of their relative closedness, but they might become more interesting in the future (there are many good things about them as well).
Yes and no. You don't really need open OS, but you need open hardware.
Yes, and that's what we have today (of course even more open hw is always welcome than just "all host CPU driver sw is free") and I don't think it's going away.
But really, I mostly just want to say that I disagree with you on most points, and that we are also talking about somewhat different topics. I do not have the time to actually write an essay about in which ways I think you are wrong, I just do think so. (of course, it's up to anyone to form their own opinions, this is just mine)
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