Several people have asked me to put my thoughts down on Nokia’s new partnership with Microsoft. Twitter just isn’t the place for it; several 140-characters-or-less postings were met with responses quite distant from where I was going. I’ll try to say something useful and coherent– but keep in mind this will be an opinion piece. Very personal. And lengthy.
To understand my take on things you need to understand where I come from. Six years ago I was perfectly happy without a cell phone. I had no need for one, even despised and sometimes pitied people enslaved to them. And smartphones? I dismissed the idea entirely. What would I do with a “computer in my palm”? How smart could a phone be? Continue reading
Posted in Into Outreach, Inviting Change, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, Out There, The Write Stuff, Unusability, Views and Reviews
Tagged Elop, forumnokia, LinkedIn, Linux, Linux Foundation, Maemo, maemo.org, MeeGo, Microsoft, Nokia, open source, Texas Instruments
A great deal of useful conversation during Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit 2010 (LFCS2010) earlier this year revolved around what a MeeGo community should look like. There are of course numerous aspects to this but for now I want to focus on three only: what sort of constituency would best benefit MeeGo, how could the website structure reflect, support and encourage that constituency, and what might this mean for maemo.org.
It might be helpful for the reader to browse through threads under Community Matters at the MeeGo discussion forum, as I will be referring to points raised there. However, that won’t be necessary for a high-level perspective. Regardless, a community is actually taking shape so I think it’s time to discuss a few subjects. Continue reading
Posted in Great Governance, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, The Write Stuff, Views and Reviews
Tagged 2010, community, conference, forumnokia, governance, Greeters, Intel, LFCS, LinkedIn, Linux Foundation, Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, Maemo, maemo.org, MeeGo, membership, Nokia, structure
Nokia has been proudly touting some impressive statistics of its Ovi store recently, and on the surface they do seem promising. Given their global cell phone sales numbers, that shouldn’t be surprising. Even though Nokia has hit a rough spot, the company still manages to crank out more devices per year than any competitor.
However, looking into the details exposes some disturbing aspects.
Posted in Delivering Quality, Into Outreach, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, The Write Stuff, Unusability, Views and Reviews
Tagged developers, forumnokia, Maemo, maemo.org, MeeGo, Nokia, Ovi, Ovi Store, Python, Qt, statistics
I’ve retreated a bit from cheerleading for you lately and in case there was any concern, I want to make something clear:
I still love you.
After all, we go back a long way. In the 1990s when things looked rough at The Stanley Works (now Stanley Black and Decker) I looked around to identify other employment prospects just in case. My research had been directing me to logistics and your US manufacturing/distribution facility in Fort Worth, Texas (now gone, sadly) quickly became a top candidate. And when Stanley decided to cut our US operations to the bone in 2002, you were the first to which I eagerly applied. I was encouraged that it was easy to talk to a human being in hiring departments, but discouraged that you cancelled opportunities almost as fast as you opened them… that’s how fast your business needs changed I found out.
Posted in Addressing Retention, Great Governance, Inviting Change, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, The Write Stuff, Unusability, Views and Reviews
Tagged 2010, goodwill, letter, Maemo, maemo.org, MeeGo, mindshare, Nokia
As many know I was recently privileged to attend the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit 2010 in San Francisco, California. After running out of juice trying to maintain community enthusiasm at maemo.org while simultaneously whipping it up for MeeGo, I was reinvigorated by the fresh energy permeating the conference. Seeing old acquaintances again, finally greeting others in person for the first time and making new friends always helps… as did the endless talks at various pubs and eateries about MeeGo’s future.
One aspect that renewed my faith was that even though 2009 did not turn out to be the breakthrough for open source that I had hoped, it looks like 2010 is setting the stage for this to be the case in 2011. For one, Nokia and Intel’s MeeGo venture strengthens the possibilities in my opinion. True, proprietary solution drivers are hardening their positions more now than ever, setting the stage for an eventual showdown that’s long overdue– but I expect open source to ultimately prevail and allow us to move past that exhausting argument and into the next awaiting world.
But even with its 5-year Maemo (along with Moblin) legacy, MeeGo still represents a beginning of sorts, and it will indeed be 2011 at least before it truly bears fruit– especially if recent product launches are any example. Meanwhile, what else will Nokia be doing to ensure its continued relevance?
Posted in Inviting Change, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, The Write Stuff, Views and Reviews, Ways of Rocking
Tagged 2009, 2010, 2011, Apple, LinkedIn, Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, Maemo, maemo.org, MeeGo, Nokia, reorganization, RIM
This morning got off to a roaring start, as a fast-filling thread plopped onto maemo.org seemed to have it from an authoritative source that there will not be a version of MeeGo to run on Nokia’s N900. The fear, uncertainty and doubt spread like wildfire, naturally igniting the ideal 140-character vehicle for misunderstandings, Twitter.
It became obvious to me that the root problem was a misunderstanding by a CNET Asia blogger that was picked up by speed-readers and blown up into a noisy tornado of nonsense.
I’ll break this down for those interested.