|Phone freedom and double-talk
||[29 Sep 2009|08:04pm]
article confusedly says, "Will carriers be willing to subsidize
the N900 and its locked-down Maemo OS?" The "lock down" that it's
describing refers to the comments by a Nokia executive saying that
Nokia would not do customizations for carriers. These customizations
are usually proprietary, often relating to locking the phone to their
network, or implementing carrier-specific features like "MyCrap" or
whatever. Nokia's comments were in contrast, for example, to Google's
Android operating system, which is licensed in a way to specifically
allow proprietary software extensions on top of a free software core.
So apparently, unlocked is the new locked. Or something.
the executive's comments anyway, saying they are leaving room for
the possibility of such customizations.
In other phone freedom news, Palm has
hard to demonstrate the fundamental incompatibilities between free software and the exclusive "app store" model
of software distribution.
My OpenMoko FreeRunner has
still been having some voice quality issues in low-reception areas,
but is otherwise working quite well running the SHR distribution. Unfortunately one of those
low-reception areas is my home, but I've been compensating for that by
using the free VOIP
and Asterisk more when I'm home.