Nokia N8 and the fall of Symbian

The light side to this killing Symbian business would be that Nokia has no choice but to focus on MeeGo, and with a bit of skill in leadership, product design and marketing, it could become a somewhat popular smartphone platform with an engaged developer community.

Meego is based on some of the same software which currently makes Linux a worthless piece of shit on the desktop (yeah, I know Arch Linux is perfect for your command center in mom’s basement, but it’s significantly less so for wide consumer use and corporate deployment). Nokia throwing all it’s weight at Meego could potentially make a lot of difference for everything related to X11 based Linux desktops on consumer devices. Android is a Linux kernel, BSD userland and something completely different than what most people mean when they refer to “Linux”.

Right now, Meego is of course deader than Symbian as the application market i minimal, and nobody will care until the likes of Evernote, Spotify and whatever kids are playing these days runs on Meego. There’s at least metric buttloads of software written for Symbian over the years.

[via:Mathias Lindholm]