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Why Open Source Phones Still Fail

December 4th, 2009 12:13 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

adeelarshad82 writes “Truly open-development, open-source phones like the Nokia N900 will never hit the mainstream in the US because wireless carriers in the country hate the unexpected, writes PCMag’s Sascha Segan. The open-source philosophy is all about unexpected, disruptive ideas bubbling upwards, and that drives network planners nuts. So, you get unsatisfactory hybrids like Google Android, which uses some open-source components but locks third-party developers into a crippled Java sandbox. The bottom line is that while Linux the OS, the kernel and the memory manager are attractive to phone manufacturers, Linux the philosophy and users banding together ad hoc to create new things is anathema to wireless carriers.”

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