[kwlug-disc] peoples' thoughts on apple, adobe and flash?
Andrew Kohlsmith (mailing lists account)
aklists at mixdown.ca
Sat May 1 08:12:48 EDT 2010
On Friday 30 April 2010 11:24:05 pm unsolicited wrote:
> Oh, Andrew, you've fallen into that all too common trap - Apple isn't
> selling 'hardware' it's selling a 'solution'! It's not just selling a
> device, it's selling the complete environment surrounding it - and
> once they have your money, you can never leave!
I am not sure which trap I've fallen in to. Any device is more than its
components. How many people buy a major appliance without a warranty? Would
you buy a vehicle without feeling that you could either get a warranty/support
for it, or without knowing you could buy parts for it?
I would posit that most people buy the iPhone because it is a device with a
very good UI, a standardized place to buy applications and pretty much
everything in it just works.
When did Linux become "mainstream" (some would argue it isn't yet)? I argue
that it became wildly popular when Ubuntu came along and started really
standardizing the distribution.
Most people don't buy (or use) a device in a vacuum.
And again, please keep in mind that I am not saying that Apple should have the
right to prevent me from doing what I want with the hardware. I am saying that
Apple's strict control over the interface is one of the most important factors
in providing what I claim most people buy it for.
I certainly didn't say that Apple has a right to lock you in to their
platform. I would appreciate if you could show me where I've indicated
anything along this line.
> Then I thought ... well ... isn't Android breaking this model? 'Open
> software', closed hardware. Will, and how, will that ripple out?
Android suffers from the problem I described in my first email on the subject.
You either play to the lowest common denominator of all devices for a given
Android version, or you fragment your software base. You can't have both.
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