Oh Nokia, We Loved You So...

Nokia, we invited you into our house. We let you put your feet on the coffee table.  And yet this is how you treat us? Heck, we even tolerated the resistive screen on the N900, because it was a full blown Linux computer. We even put MeeGo on the cover of our March issue, and now you decide to defect to the dark side? Oh, Nokia...

As many of you know, today Nokia announced that they've abandoned Linux, and partnered with Microsoft for their future phones. While current Linux based phones (Like our own Kyle Rankin's N900) will continue to identify with freedom, any future offerings from Nokia will be all Windowsy. For those of us interested in Linux based handsets, our choices have been seriously decreased. Android is great, but competition within the Linux community is great too. Competition often sparks innovation. Sadly there's little we can do but weep. Well, that and look for another hardware vendor to love.

Oh, and Nokia? Breaking up with the Linux community 3 days before Valentine's Day is just tacky. You still owe us dinner and a movie.


Shawn Powers is a Linux Journal Associate Editor. You might find him on IRC, Twitter, or training IT pros at CBT Nuggets.


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Much of it is!

Jeff Waugh's picture

Although there is a layer of proprietary guff, much of webOS is open source, including their kernel. The webOSinternals folk have rebuilt the kernel with additional features and plenty of folk use it because you can crank up the CPU speed, have better power management control, etc. :-)

webOS is the most "Linuxy" mobile phone platform out there, and on the top is an entire UI hosted in WebKit.

Thank, learn something new

Anonymous's picture

Thank, learn something new every day...

Web OS Source Code

Shashank Singh's picture