[ILUG] Re: open source phone
typedef at eircom.net
Mon Aug 8 09:25:39 IST 2005
kae verens wrote:
> Bryan O'Donoghue wrote:
>> I note Nokia has a new totally Open Source phone based on Linux coming
>> out soon... for the end user though, I'm not sure what that really gets
>> them, either your phone works or it doesn't... it shouldn't matter if
>> the phone runs Montavista Linux or not... Granted you might keep your
>> developers happy running your phone on Linux, but, it's a non sequitur
>> in terms of actual sales. Probably what will end up happening is the
>> VxWorks, QNXs, Symbians will loose out to Linux based on cost and
>> available driver/protocol stacks and to Wince based on obfuscated
>> marketoid decisions.
> That's interesting.
> Does that mean that at some point, I may be able to tinker with the code
> of whatever phone I've bought? There are quite a few things I'd like to
> do differently on my own phone if I was able to.
> It's not a non sequitur if I buy the phone /because/ I'm able to tinker
> with it if I want.
Aside from the 0.005% of people who buy a phone to tinker with it (the
core reason I bought an iPOD, disinterestingly )
Unless I've gone mad, there's a Linux phone in the works too... I'm
guessing it'll be Montavista Linux but, it could be based on Denx's
kernel or even a vanilla + patches.
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everybody's face but their own" -- Johathan Swift
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