2007 & 2008 and Happy Holidays!
Let me highlight a few goodies:
- Nokia N800
- A major sw upgrade to N800
- Nokia N810 + the same sw to N800
- Almost tenfold increase in maemo.org developers during 2007
- Nokia N810 #2 in the Wired shopping list for Xmas ;-) ....
- A lot of new stuff @ maemo.org, like a better maintained bugzilla and many new documents, tutorials and guidelines. Many SDK releases. But even better: cool apps!!! Strong improvements there!
- Forum Nokia supports maemo for business
- 770 hacker editions released
ElsewhereSo what is happening elsewhere? I’ve got a bit mixed feelings.
Linux and open source is clearly in the mainstream of consumer devices. We no longer discuss about can or should you build devices based on open source. Instead, we discuss how to do it well. We also see a lot of technologies maturing fast to be more and more suitable for devices and consumer goods.
Also, some killer products, like the Nokia N95, N810 and iPhone, kept us awake. I like them all a lot!
The market share of Linux phones did not grow. I know it is not because of Linux or open source but because of –well- not so good phones. Good products with the right price point sell well regardless of the technology used.
Linux consolidation activities are struggling and I personally do not see their impact. CELF, LiSP, Limo and even GMAE, to be honest. What is happening – anybody home?
So what’ll happen 2008 …
Let me prophesize:
Linux and open source will go to a declining hype cycle – steps 3 & 4 . It is no longer sexy to be open or create products with Linux and open source. That’ll scare honey bees and suits away and we'll see decline in publicity. But, because these technologies are now in the mainstream, open source will have bigger impact on technology and products than ever before. It’s not a Hollywood story any more, though.
Let me hope:
Peace (inside and outside), cool products, happy families, and a proper winter!
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!