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[News] Google's Linux Phones Are Viable iPhone Challangers

  • Subject: [News] Google's Linux Phones Are Viable iPhone Challangers
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 05:32:26 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Android, With More Optimism

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| Meanwhile, Apple has the reverse situation with the iPhone. The software 
| integration is almost exactly perfect for the hardware -- but it only runs on 
| one piece of hardware -- the iPhone itself. Whether or not this is a bad 
| thing depends on if you are a user (it's very good) or a market analyst (OMG 
| sell all your AAPL!).    
| Another important statement I made in the comments on the last entry is that 
| I firmly believe that Apple needs a competitor. They need someone nipping at 
| the iPhone, even distantly, to keep from becoming complacent. Competition is 
| good for everyone, and right now Apple is in a league of their own.   
| And that's why, despite all my grumping and flailing about of hands, I wish 
| Google the best of luck with Android, and I'm looking forward to seeing it 
| run on some actual hardware, and what happens after that. Even if all you do 
| is bury Palm and Windows Mobile with a quantum leap in quality, you'll have 
| done the world a great service.      


Mind the fact that Microsoft has had absolutely no response to advanced phones
like Android-based phones and iPhone. It still has a ~5% market share after
many years in the business.


What Android means for Apple, MS, open source, enterprises

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| The GPhone never happened, but Android is a much more significant development
| [...]
| A better approach, argues Dan Kohn, COO of the Linux Foundation, is to pick 
| one set of standards that IT will support for calendaring, email 
| applications, VPN and so on, and tell users they can use any mobile phone 
| compatible with those standards.   
| [...]
| What Android means for open source and Linux
| Linux already has a major presence on mobile phones, but the entrance of 
| Google and the Open Handset Alliance — which has 34 member organisations 
| worldwide — adds to the momentum.  
| "We're a huge believer in diversity of options on mobile phones," Kohn of the 
| Linux Foundation says. "Linux is already an important, growing presence 
| there. I think having the Google software as an additional open source option 
| is only going to accelerate that adoption."   


In praise of Google

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| Google has its problems. I wish it would contribute more source-code 
| modifications that it makes to Linux, MySQL, Apache, and others open-source 
| projects, for one. But overall, the world is better for Google's sheer power 
| of search and minimalist design.   


Linux Sees 'Astronomic' Growth in Mobile Devices

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| "We were very aware that the growth in mobile for Linux was huge, but we 
| didn't know it was so astronomic," Amanda McPherson, marketing director for 
| the Linux Foundation, told LinuxInsider. "These are very encouraging 
| numbers." Why Linux has drawn significant support from the community of 
| handset manufacturers can be explained on several fronts, McPherson said.    


Funambol CEO Fabrizio Capobianco: Linux Is Mobile's Future

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| LinuxInsider met with Capobianco to discuss his view on the role of open 
| source in creating Mobile 2.0 as a voice and data carrier parallel to the 
| Internet. The meeting occurred in the wake of Google's announcement earlier 
| this month that it was negotiating with wireless carriers, handset makers, 
| software developers and hardware providers to use an open source mobile 
| platform, Android.     


After the Desktop -- What?

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| I would suggest that the open source community should stop obsessing
| with the battle for the desktop, and start focusing on the battle for
| the platform that will replace it. As I have said before, the day
| will soon come when the notion of having to go to a particular 
| machine on a particular room every time you need access to
| information or computer power will be as obsolete as the notion
| of having to go to the hand pump over the well in the front
| yard every time you need water.


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