EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

11.18.09

The Future of Phones Likely Belongs to Linux

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Kernel, Microsoft, Novell at 11:08 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Young businessman

Summary: Mobile king Symbian put to rest, giving another huge endorsement to Linux which will replace it

It’s not just supercomputers where GNU/Linux is a winner; in mobile phones too, based on several independent predictions from industry analysts, Linux is expected to become dominant. Smartphones are a growth market, despite the deprived economy.

The latest news is that Nokia will be replacing Symbian with Linux. This news is dynamite because Symbian is the dominant mobile platform at the moment and it is owned only by Nokia.

Nokia says it will replace Symbian with its Maemo Linux by 2012.

It is already happening.

“NSeries Nokias Say Goodbye to Symbian, Hello to Maemo

[...]

Here’s a bold statement: Symbian S60 is simply not good enough. I’m sure that many Nokia owners and analysts who know that Symbian currently holds around 50% of the smartphone OS market would disagree. But I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the new generation of smartphones – primarily Androids, the iPhone, and webOS based devices – are simply better than Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile (up to) 6.5 when it comes to doing what the users today want from a smartphone: browsing the web, using Facebook and Twitter, gaming, and finding simple apps that will satisfy their specific needs.

Nokia’s migration to Linux is fantastic news, but ‘Microsoft Enderle’ is already attacking Nokia using revisionism — a subject that we wrote about just days ago when another Microsoft partner did its own share of revisionism.

In his typical way, Microsoft’s close ally Rob Enderle [1, 2] rewrites the history of Novell along the lines of “it was all Novell’s fault”. He also keeps warping the history of Netscape in this way and if Microsoft is allowed to get away with it (via partners and people whom it hires), then it’s truly sinful to future generations. These Microsoft boosters are putting out there newer articles that modify the past and (over)write it differently; this tends to get precedence in search results because of age (more recent items prioritised). Other examples of revisionism are listed below.

Related posts:

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

7 Comments

  1. NotZed said,

    November 19, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Gravatar

    But I imagine the ‘Linux’ on these systems isn’t really free software for the customer in any practical sense. Just for the vendor?

    Will it make any practical difference to customers, apart from the potential passed on savings of reduced licensing fees, and perhaps a more modern system which can keep pace with technology better?

    Big bloody whoop.

  2. williami said,

    November 19, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Gravatar

    As a side note, I’m EXTREMELY annoyed that AT&T doesn’t have any Linux/Android based smartphones, only a Symbian based one.

    In the future, if AT&T doesn’t have any Linux smartphones, I’m switching to Verizon (in which they have a Droid smartphone, which is based on Android), Sprint (home of the Palm Pre), or some other carrier that offers Linux/Android and has great service.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    AT&T is a terrible company for many other reasons.

  3. Mikko said,

    November 19, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Gravatar

    Nokia isn’t dumping Symbian they will use it for future smart phones

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    The writings seem to be on the wall. They’ll probably mix the best of Symbian and Linux to make their better breed of Maemo, whose kernel is Linux.

    Mikko Reply:

    It could be that they are going with Maemo on all the N series and Symbian on the other ones

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    I’m not sure it makes business sense for them to maintain two overlapping platforms. What does the EPL allow them to do which GPLv2 forbids?

What Else is New


  1. Links 2/9/2014: GNU/Linux in BBC, Calls Against systemd

    Links for the day



  2. Links 1/9/2014: Poettering on systemd, ITNews on DBMSs

    Links for the day



  3. Moving Away From Windows to GNU/Linux and the Abandonment of Windows as the Modest Proposal These Days

    Morale of GNU/Linux and an embrace of GNU/Linux is very high, despite recent propaganda from Microsoft MVPs and boosters (primarily security-themed and Munich-themed FUD)



  4. Korean Press Slams Microsoft Over Patent Extortion Against Linux/Android as New Abuses Resurface

    Harsh words from the national press of South Korea as Nokia's role in Microsoft's anti-Linux tactics becomes more apparent



  5. More Good News About Patents and Their Demise in the United States

    A roundup of news about software patents and patent trolls in the land where these thrive



  6. Links 31/8/2014: Linux 3.12.27, Akademy 2014

    Links for the day



  7. Links 30/8/2014: Jailhouse 0.1, *buntu 14.10 Beta

    Links for the day



  8. Links 28/8/2014: Many New Games, CTO of Red Hat Steps Down

    Links for the day



  9. We Are Gradually Winning the Battle Against Software Patents

    The once-elusive war on software patents is finally leading to some breakthrough and even the Federal Circuit reinforces the trend of software patents' demise



  10. Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) Companies Versus FOSS Moles (VMware, Sonatype, Xamarin)

    A look at three entities which pretend to be pro-FOSS but are actually FOSS-hostile and very much determined to replace FOSS with proprietary software



  11. Links 27/8/2014: GNU/Linux in Space, China, LinuxCon

    Links for the day



  12. FUD Against Google and FOSS Security Amid Microsoft Windows Security Blunders

    In the age of widespread fraud due to Microsoft Windows with its back doors there is an attempt to shift focus to already-fixed flaws/deficiencies in competitors of Microsoft



  13. Microsoft Spin Watch: IDG Turns to More Microsoft Propaganda, Hires Microsoft Boosters

    Media in Microsoft's pocket is telling Microsoft's lies and deceives the public for Microsoft's bottom line



  14. Microsoft's Massive Tax Evasion Becomes Better Known

    A new report about Microsoft's admission that it plays dirty tricks with tax (sometimes using moles in government) is increasing awareness of Microsoft's criminal aspects



  15. Links 25/8/2014: China's Linux Revolution Imminent

    Links for the day



  16. Links 24/8/2014: GNU/Linux Specialisation and Benchmarks

    Links for the day



  17. Links 23/8/2014: GNU/Linux Growth

    Links for the day



  18. Microsoft-Funded Attacks on Android Security and Patent/Copyright

    A look back at examples of people who smear Android and are receiving (or received) money from Microsoft



  19. Blowback in Chile and Munich After Microsoft Intervention

    Microsoft's attacks on the digital sovereignty of countries involves lobbying, corruption, an attack on standards (e.g. ODF), an attack on FOSS policies, and even an attack on accurate reporting (truth itself)



  20. The End of Microsoft is Nigh

    A look back at a tough year for Microsoft and a not-so-promising future



  21. Links 22/8/2014: Linux Foundation LFCS, LFCE

    Links for the day



  22. UPS Burned by Microsoft Windows, Gives Away Massive Number of Credit Card Details

    UPS is the latest victim of Microsoft's shoddy back door with software on top of it (Windows); attempts to blame FOSS for data compromise actually divert attention from the real culprit, which is proprietary software



  23. Microsoft's Funding of ALEC and Other Systemic Corruption

    Microsoft role in writing of laws by proxy, via groups such as ALEC



  24. Microsoft is Still Preying on British Taxpayers, Playing Politics

    Some news from the UK showing how Microsoft uses politics to extract money out of taxpayers, irrespective of their preferences



  25. Microsoft's Patent Troll Intellectual Ventures is Collapsing as 20% of Staff Laid Off

    More good news regarding the demise of patents as Microsoft's leading patent proxy is collapsing more rapidly than anyone ever imagined and software patents too are collectively doubted



  26. Links 21/8/2014: Conferences of Linux Foundation, Elephone Emerges

    Links for the day



  27. Links 20/8/2014: Linux Event, GNOME Milestone

    Links for the day



  28. Corruption Watch: Microsoft Lobbying Designed to Kill Chile's Free Software Policy and Promote Microsoft With Subsidies, More Dirty Tricks Emerge in Munich

    icrosoft is systematically attacking migrations to GNU, Linux and Free software, using dirty tricks, as always



  29. Vista 8 Such a Disaster That Even Microsoft Cannot Cope With It, Vapourware Tactics Start Early

    Microsoft's Windows-powered services are failing and Windows gets bricked by Microsoft patches, whereupon we are seeing yet more of Microsoft's vapourware tactics (focusing in imaginary, non-existent versions of Windows)



  30. On BlackBerry and Other Patent Trolls

    A roundup regarding patent trolls, starting with the bigger and latest joiner, BlackBerry's new patents apparatus


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts