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Jolla Review: Some Rough Edges, But This Linux Smartphone Shows Promise (Forbes)

Jolla Review: Some Rough Edges, But This Linux Smartphone Shows Promise (Forbes)

Posted Jan 16, 2014 22:20 UTC (Thu) by dilinger (subscriber, #2867)
In reply to: Jolla Review: Some Rough Edges, But This Linux Smartphone Shows Promise (Forbes) by Corkscrew
Parent article: Jolla Review: Some Rough Edges, But This Linux Smartphone Shows Promise (Forbes)

This is not a useful incremental improvement. We already have hardware with closed kernel components. We already have UIs with various closed bits. We already have forks that are completely free (comparing Replicant with Nemo, here) but not fully functional. Replacing the free middleware OS with one that's more "upstream-friendly" is not an improvement. Android's userspace *is* open, btw. It's busybox (if that's what you're referring to). Busybox has an upstream.

Promises of "we'll be more open in the future", especially coming from a for-profit corporation, are not to be trusted until the code is actually released. I don't care how nice and well-meaning the employees or the board members are, it ultimately comes down to money. People get fired, there are restructurings, people on top oust each other and make power plays.. It happens all the time.

I do wish Jolla all the best. I like the concepts in their UI, and I hope that they do eventually open up their code. But as it stands, they will not get much further attention from me unless they distinguish themselves in some way from the other semi-free offerings we already have.


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