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Comment: Open's good - but where's the freedom? (Score 1) 208

by petenz (#32077864) Attached to: The Shortcomings of Google's Open Handset Alliance
I've been looking at getting a smartphone for a while - and Android is a pretty appealing option - but one of the things that's holding me up is that as far as I can tell, to access all the handset's functionality, I have to be a Google customer. Which I am - I've had an email address since the days when one had to get an invite to get one - and have very few issues with my benevolent overlord. But - unless I'm wrong - the freedom with Android is the freedom to be a google customer isn't it?

Comment: Somehow the market provides... (Score 1) 636

by petenz (#31251470) Attached to: Google Android — a Universe of Incompatible Devices
To whatever extent the original article is true, there are ways around any problems - just look at:

If these guys can put together a working android phone in a short timeframe, as they appear to have done, and be looking ahead to their second model, and building a community, it shows that there can be a way forward for open source software in combination with hardware... In fact it makes 'computer companies' into hardware companies again through allowing the community to work on what it can easily - the software - and leaving the company to sort out the hardware - and do it at what is to my eyes a pretty compelling price.

In the 'phone' (aka mobile computing) world this is the equivalent to being able to go to and order a ubuntu branded pc/laptop/netbook/MID/smartphone, and know that I'm going to get a device that works, is free (speech), and will work with other devices from the same company - is it not?
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Nokia, Intel Merge Maemo, Moblin Into MeeGo 162

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the there-can-be-only-one dept.
AVee writes "Intel and Nokia just announced a new project called MeeGo. MeeGo is supposed to be the result of merging Maemo and Moblin, bringing together the best pieces of those (already quite similar platforms). Interestingly this means that Intel will be sponsoring a mobile Linux distro which will run on ARM."

Comment: Re:Inhabited!? (Score 1) 133

by petenz (#18219600) Attached to: Total Lunar Eclipse This Weekend
Here in New Zealand, there wasn't much mention of the eclipse (hence my not knowing about it until seeing a /. article about it the morning after it was happening) - congratulations to those who can see it (and are possibly currently enjoying it?). The reason why is beautifully summed up by the map of who 'isn't going to see the eclipse'. How could we Kiwis see it if our wee islands aren't even on the map!

It's not so hard to lift yourself by your bootstraps once you're off the ground. -- Daniel B. Luten