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Subject: Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] HP WebOS threats
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Ruben Safir wrote:
> I know folks 'round these parts don't believe in pre-installed systems
> but HP is making some serious noise about the GNU/Linux based WebOS
> being preinstalled on EVERY HP system in the future, and I think that is
> worthy of some notice.
I doubt there's a shred of GNU in there. Do you know otherwise? It's
always a good thing to see Linux getting around, if nothing else it's
one less copy of iOS or Windows on something, but I believe WebOS is a
good deal more proprietary than Android is. Nokia Maemo devices these
things are not. Alas poor Nokia.... It's starting to look like Linux
will be the #1 phone and tablet operating system, but only locked down
variants stripped of anything that might let you use your device in ways
other than the company that sold it to you wants you to use it.
It's pretty shitty what's been going on with Android devices. The
carriers like "open" when it applies to _them_, but when it applies to
_you_, openness is something to be battled with every available
technical and legal resource.
Also... who do you think WebOS is a threat to? I hear it spoken of
rather favorably by some industry pundits, but who do you think it
threatens? Windows? iOS? Android? Blackberry/QNX? All of them?