[kwlug-disc] Linux is lagging behind

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Mon May 3 15:41:30 EDT 2010



Andrew Cant wrote, On 05/03/2010 3:32 PM:
> On Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 10:33 AM, Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:
>> I was a Maemo fan too, and was longing for an N900. One of the reasons I
>> liked it is that it is Debian based. The other reason is that it is more
>> open than Android.
>>
>> The issue is that they merged with Moblin, forming MeeGo, and they decided
>> on RPM as the format to use going forward. That made it less attractive for
>> me. Only Nokia makes hardware for that platform. Basically, just one phone
>> and a couple of non-phone tablets.
> 
> Yeah, the merge has definitely put me off their platform.I like the
> debian base too. I was hoping that Mer, the community driven version
> of Maemo, was going to go somewhere interesting but it seems like
> support from Nokia has been moved to MeeGo instead. If would have
> brought some of the new features on to my N810 which was not being
> supported by new version of Maemo.
> 
> There are some indications that MeeGo will be backported to old Nokia
> devices, and maybe other things. I guess the merge with Moblin is an
> indication that they do want to put it on other hardware.
> 
> I think I am still going to try playing with Mer. I really do like
> having a Debian system for my device.
> 
>> So, I am back to Android as the contender given that it has more choice of
>> phone hardware.
> 
> On an Android related note. the Software Freedom Law Centre apparently
> choose to use Android phones because they were more FLOSS than the
> other options that they had. Bradly Kuhn discusses some of that here:
> http://www.softwarefreedom.org/blog/2009/nov/04/android-vs-gnu/
> 
> And he mentions a project called "Replicant" to replace the
> proprietary bits and pieces of the Android/Linux system.
> http://trac.osuosl.org/trac/replicant/wiki

Any discussion in any of these evolutions with non-cell-data syncing 
with one's local PIM?



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