[kwlug-disc] Linux is lagging behind
John Van Ostrand
john at netdirect.ca
Thu Apr 29 15:09:14 EDT 2010
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> Well, I have a hard time seeing through my fully tinfoil covered head
> when it comes to Google. But in any event, having a monolithic
> corporation release 'linux' on what is basically proprietary hardware
> is exactly the problem.
The Open Handset Alliance says that Android is an open design. I don't know exactly what that means, but it suggests available for many manufacturers to use. If this, proprietary or not, becomes a defacto standard it will be hacked.
OpenMoko is the early open hardware design, but it's failed to penetrate the market. Its proponents see a future. I'd like to think there is too.
> What we don't have are two things:
> 1) phones that allow me to install my choice of OS
As long as your choice of O/S is one that is supported. Henry Ford might have said: "you can have any O/S on your android phone as long as it's android.".
> 2) a choice of OS flavours, created by the linux community - not
Give it time we'll see others.
> I can't install mandriva linux, or ubuntu, or puppy linux, or so on
> and on. On the desktop and the server we have the choice of linux OS's
> that are driven by the community. That's entirely different than what
> we have from Google.
We might have said that when the Apple computers came out, or the IBM PC. It's pretty early I think we will see them come.
> I think the Linux development community really needs to spearhead
> something, though how that would be done in conjunction with mobile
> hardware is beyond me. The mobile OS is coming on strong, and it can
> still morph into something ipad like as well - and again the linux
> community is behind the times. It should be creating this, not
It really sounds like you'd like OpenMoko? You really should go to the Ontario GNU Linux Fest more often. The OpenMoko talk of 2007 would have interested you. I think we had Ian Darwin back in 2008 too.
John Van Ostrand
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