Fri, 06 Jan 2012 18:49:51 +0100
According to many news tickers, Slashdot amongst them:
rumors spread that Microsoft is about to take over the whole smartphone business from Nokia and as nice cream tip, Elop might change back to Microsoft and lead that pack.
If I would be a Nokia share holder I would sue Elop personally for intentionally destroying Nokia's smartphone business in order to have it later on being taken over by Microsoft entirely.
Doesn't that seem like a good 'evil' plan by Microsoft?
Sat, 10 Dec 2011 02:00:48 +0100
According to HP and their own developer blog, WebOS indeed becomes open source!
This is excellent and great news. I am looking forward to seeing the actual code and project. I sincerely hope that this will not just become a code-dump onto the community.
I am very excited - let's hope for the best!
Tue, 20 Sep 2011 19:09:13 +0200
Maemo5 is effectively not for the future - I love, don't get me wrong! And I will take a lot of care about my N900 because I still think that it is the best Linux-like mobile phone on the market yet. But Maemo as a smartphone platform has reached its end of life. There will not be any new devices and the platform will not evolve anymore.
MeeGo is, despite the never tiring excuses of Intel, effectively almost dead too. I am pretty sure that we will not see any further new MeeGo phones except for the Nokia N9.
And today rumors spread that Samsung is about to open source Bada, their up to now proprietory smartphone system.
Fri, 01 Jul 2011 13:38:27 +0200
According to an interview given by Leo Apotheker, CEO of HP, WebOS might be licensed to other phone makers:
This could (hopefully) bring some (new) life to WebOS...
Mon, 13 Jun 2011 19:53:03 +0200
For quite some time I was sort of dreaming about an open source navigation solution. The first problem one encounters is that there is no open map data available. Only some very basic stuff, at that time, was available, like coast lines, the Tiger data for the USA and that was about it.
Fri, 11 Feb 2011 10:47:42 +0100
Today's news: Nokia will partner up with Microsoft and their Windows Phone 7 as their new strategic platform for new smartphones.
Pity. That's it for me with Nokia smartphones. I will not buy one anymore and most likely not even a MeeGo based one if this will ever be released.
Mon, 24 Jan 2011 10:24:41 +0100
According to latest rumors the next Linux based smartphone by Nokia, which is rumored to be named N9, coul be based on an Intel's x86 low-power CPU, presumably Moorestown.
This is quite a pity I think.
First of all the first Moorestown device, IIRC by LG, was an enormous flop. It got hot during runtime and I do not know if it ever actually came into the stores it was only shown off at CES last year.
Mon, 25 Oct 2010 15:36:30 +0200
Hey, cool, the new Maemo5 PR1.3 for N900 is released! The most noticable enhancement is the dual-boot mechanism. With this it will be possible to more easily test-drive other OSes like MeeGo (or FSO, Android?, etc...). I am just now in th eprocess of upgrading - stay tuned!
Tue, 22 Jun 2010 15:41:34 +0200
Quite amazing - during the past two months the "old" OpenMoko Freerunner project gets alive again.
After a long pause some people are working on cleaning up the Freerunner kernel sources again and try to push the patches upstream.
This also seems to clean up some bugs as well.
Mon, 15 Feb 2010 12:26:02 +0100
Wow, this will shake the industry: http://www.meego.com
Nokia and Intel joined forces to create a versatile mobile Linux platform. This is pretty good news since Intel and Nokia are both pretty strong open source supporters. The other good facet of it could be that finally Nokia & Intel together will manage to create a system that will be portable and as versatile and complete as Android.
Sun, 14 Feb 2010 15:46:18 +0100
Recently I had the luck to be able to play with the three currently most dominant commercially available Linux mobile phone platforms: Android, Maemo5 and WebOS. The devices I had were Android on HTC G1 aka Dream, Maemo the Nokia N900 and WebOS on the PalmPre.
It is a hard choice to make if you want to decide for a platform today...
Thu, 26 Nov 2009 11:24:46 +0100
Recently I tried to think of a way to create actual mobile applications for actually available Linux mobile phones. Then I looked at the current situation from an application developer's point of view. The first question that came up, when you are only looking for commercially available Linux based mobiles, which one to choose:
Android: first to be widely available
Palm Pre: now shipping in most western countries
Nokia N900: hopefully coming soon
Next is, how do I develop for those?
Android: Java with a nice SDK based on Eclipse
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 09:47:18 +0200
For the time being LiMo quite cleverly marketed almost any Linux based device by their members as "devices based on LiMo technologies" but actually there were no real LiMo compliant devices available.
According to LinuxDevices http://www.linuxfordevices.com/c/a/News/Vodafone-360-H1/ this is going to change and first real LiMo spec compliant devices seem to emerge.
They also announced the availability of an app-SDK with it - it will be interesting to see how "open" those devices will actually be.
Sun, 21 Jun 2009 14:17:32 +0200
One of the biggest issues in mobile devices today is power management. On the one hand we expect that the device is always responsive, to user input and network events, on the other hand we want all subsystems to be powered (almost) off to save power.
Thu, 18 Jun 2009 13:28:40 +0200
I just got my hands on a Android HTC Dream aka T-mobile G1. Originally I did not want to get any of those "unfree" Linux devices but a customer wanted me to buy and configure it for him so I thought that might be a good opportunity to play with it and accepted the deal. So here comes my report about it...
Wed, 03 Jun 2009 15:59:32 +0200
The LiMo foundation just announced their new version R2 of their platform specification, though they are not yet available for public consumption from their technical documents download page.
Sat, 25 Apr 2009 12:59:33 +0200
Widgets versus Bling aka rich GUIs
Recently, mostly inspired by the iPhone(tm) GUI, a discussion in user
interface design and the roadmap to new graphical user interfaces burned up
and starts to divide the user and developer communities.
Some think that the rich user interfaces with new user interaction methods
are the one and only new way of user interface presentation and interaction.
This goes along with animations, three demensional effects, transisitons,
object interaction, physical models for realising this kind of interfaces,
Thu, 23 Oct 2008 11:15:03 +0200
Pitily it is not a full GPE device nor do they advertise that they use parts of GPE but anyway, they do it!
The Alpha400 they show on their web-page is a MIPS based mini notebook which runs exclusively Linux and is based on a Ingenc Jz4730 CPU - usually used as SOC for media player devices ;)
Fri, 11 Apr 2008 02:36:04 +0200
This was nice!
Three days of meetings at the J.J.Pickle Research Center of IBM at Austin, Texas USA.
A lot of groups of the Linux ecosystem met, some kernel guys, desktop guys, Linux printing folks, power management interested and also a complete track of Linux on mobile devices.
With almost every meeting and presentation mobile Linux was at least mentioned once. This is quite amazing!
Fri, 14 Sep 2007 19:32:48 +0200
Finally something positive to report!
Florian just uploaded installable images of an Angstrom based distribution with GPE Phone Edition:
And here is a screen shot:
We were even able to make our first phone calls with it ;)
Pleas try it and give feedback!
Tue, 21 Aug 2007 10:51:30 +0200
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Mon, 25 Jun 2007 23:39:23 +0200
Talking by blogs... if this not already shows the culprit :(
Foreword: I would love to talk to responsible people directly by personal email and not "discuss" this mess in public. But since George France does not reply to my mails and since Russ Nelson has my email address in some kind of ban-list on his server (see  below) I have no other choice to comment on this publicly.
So here we go. Russ writes in his blog  dated 11th June 2006 titled "Ownership issue..." some quite, um, interesting things:
"Nils Faerber is throwing mudballs in his blog entry entitled Trademark issue...."
Thu, 07 Jun 2007 11:11:55 +0200
Do you know that feeling when you feel treated unjust? When someone has done wrong to you and you simply cannot do anything against it?
This is exactly what I am feeling again and again these days ever since I heard about the trademark registrations of handhelds.org especially done by George France. I do not want to repeat the facts, there is a nice artcile about this here:
By now I set any lever in movement I could against this really more than questionable action. I know 100% that George France is wrong in doing what he did.
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