> Jolla may indeed fail, and a lesson from Nokia is already available: don't expect to be showered with champagne, medals or whatever after releasing one or two handsets when you are not Apple (or even Palm) and your other competitors are releasing tens of them.
Apple have only ever released six handsets since mid-2007, while there's a strong argument to be made that a huge amount of Nokia's difficulties stemmed from their desire to release hundreds of handsets. They tried 'the more the merrier', and it just didn't work out for them.
Getting away from patents and on to real work would be really, really, really nice, but the cold hard reality is that you cannot even consider doing a mobile phone without either an extensive patent portfolio to cross-license, extremely deep pockets, or both. I think people are forgetting that despite OpenMoko being a fully open-source community-driven phone (which it wasn't), it was backed fully by FIC, which could afford to license it into existence.