There are only two sensible choice
Posted Oct 7, 2012 7:00 UTC (Sun) by khim
In reply to: There are only two sensible choice
Parent article: MeeGo to return next month with Jolla phone launch (The H)
You forget that UNIX/linux + X11 based solutions also survived as a desktop OS, have a growing marketshare nowadays, and actually own certain important niche markets...
Nope. Linux (and to some degree UNIX) survived as server OS, not as a desktop one. Sure it constantly tries to attack desktop but it fails consistently. The important fact is not that it fails (this is to be expected), the important part is that remaining tiny desktop niche does not support it. If you have years and billions of dollars to pour to such adventure then you can eventually succeed (you just need to last long enough till winner will do a major mistake), but the fact is: you can not receive enough money for such adventure from some market niche, they must come from some totally different (hopefully adjacent) market. XBox is a great example: yes, it's quite successful and now even [slightly] profitable, but how many years and how many billions thrown to this hole it took?
Similarly, Jolla can survive if it manages to carve out some niche markets with their phones (and/or other devices) & OS.
Again: Nokia had a chance, Jolla does not. Nokia had other departments which generated revenue, Jolla is trying to sell it's creation to the tiny niche which is just not big enough to support full-blown operation.
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