Web Excursions 2021-05-03

🌟 [Post of The Day] Will Linux phones stay around this time?

  • a short list of main reasons of failure per effort

    • Openmoko: Financial issues,

    • Nokia (Maemo/Meego): Change in corporate strategy (new CEO),

    • HP (webOS): Change in corporate strategy (new CEO),

    • Mozilla (FirefoxOS): Change in "Corporate" strategy (shifting focus to IOT),

    • Canonical (Ubuntu Touch): Change in Corporate strategy (shifting focus to cloud and profitability).

  • now, we have a quite different situation: The year over year improvement in smartphone technology is arguably decreasing and the market can be assumed saturated.

  • Purism

    • develop their own software in house,

    • taking a clever, minimalist, community-enabling approach which is working quite well.

    • Taking as much as possible from and working with upstream projects and developing the little things they need to do:

    • not good at shipping phones: They recently have announced further delays and price increses

  • PINE64

    • PINE64 has been better at shipping their PinePhone.

    • Openmoko supposedly had 10,000 phones shipped in 2009, PINE64 have already shipped more than 3 times that amount.

    • it means that there's a relatively large community of both developers

  • Even if we were to remain limited in hardware to PinePhone and Librem 5,

    • postmarketOS and other efforts like Droidian are bringing all that newer Linux Phone software goodness to more devices.

    • projects like Ubuntu Touch and Jolla's Sailfish OS have been churning on all the time and seem to keep going.

  • What's needed though is that there's a good collaboration and care.

Will Linux phones stay around this time? | Hacker News

  • j-james, disputing: I don't understand the desire for a Linux phone as so described in the article as a daily driver.

    • The Android platform represents an enormous amount of work that encompasses

      • a more secure base kernel,

      • an unparalleled selection of applications designed for mobile usage and written in a memory-safe language,

      • fantastic sandboxing and user privacy features leagues ahead of any desktop operating system,

      • and great diversity in the hardware market.

    • significant downsides are problems that can be solved. It doesn't make sense to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

    • Closed-source applications are more a moral problem than a security one thanks to Android's sandboxing, and a vibrant ecosystem of high-quality free-and-open-source Android applications makes them all but optional.

  • AussieWog93, commenting: I'd be shocked if it took off. The FOSS development paradigm seems to be allergic to good UI design, and this is far more important for people on mobile than desktop.

    • drums8787, corroborating: I suspect a lot of FOSS developers are CLI first type users

      • they are mostly not working in environments where GUI UX designers are part of the process.

      • good UX design doesn’t happen by committee.


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A Tech Company Tried to Limit What Employees Talk About at Work. It Didn’t Go Well.

  • In March, the company [Harmon Brothers LLC, a Provo, Utah-based digital marketing startup of 50] made a new rule: employees who want to post a link to the company Slack must first make a video explaining their thoughts about the link; anyone who wants to respond must record a video of their own.

  • Last September, the [Facebook] made it so employees could opt in or out of seeing such content in their work feed.