On Thu, October 11, 2012 4:25 pm, Oon-Ee Ng wrote:
They were the dominant player for almost 10 years.
> 2. HP + Microsoft (oops)
You mean Nokia not HP right? Until Microsoft effectively took over Nokia
they were the largest mobile phone manufacturer on the planet and were
very supportive of Linux and Open Source in general.
> 3. Blackberry (still alive, though)
They were also dominant in their segment for about 5 years.
> Early adoption has its benefits. And its risks. Not really a
If you look at the application side there are also a large number of
developers and small companies that made a lot of money from being first
to market in mobile before the competition became too widespread and
Android has the largest mobile OS installation base on the planet. It has
just reached over 45% of the tablet market too. When the native Linux
desktop is running on the next generation of mobile devices straight up
GNU/Linux will become a viable business option for mobile hardware
If you choose to include Android as a Linux system then we already have
the dominant OS on the planet. Linux is ubiquitous across embedded,
server, desktop and mobile. That makes the major players in the audio
industry behind the game at the moment. I'm sure it won't take them long
to catch up though. At least we can count on them being highly competitive
when they realise that if they stay behind the curve they will get left
behind by the market.
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