Linux Foundation Responds to Nokia Microsoft Partnership

Feb 11, 2011

The Linux Foundation executive director, Jim Zemlin responds to Nokia’s announcement of its partnership with Microsoft.

Stephen Elop, Nokia CEO and Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO announced their partnership today during the Nokia Strategy and Financial Briefing and the Nokia blog even lists Five reasons to get excited about a Microsoft partnership.

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Jim Zemlin, executive director, The Linux Foundation says in response, "The Linux Foundation is disappointed in Nokia's decision today to choose Microsoft as the primary platform for its mobile phones. Tough times give birth to difficult decisions that we don't always agree with, but open source is -- at its core -- about choice. We believe that open source software is more than a sum of its parts, and the market is currently bearing that out. The Linux Foundation is here to enable collaboration among its members and the Linux community, and we invite participation in MeeGo and any of our other many projects and programs. In its 20th anniversary year, Linux is a significant underpinning in every computing segment. Full steam ahead.”

For more information on the Nokia and Microsoft partnership see the Nokia website.

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  • It seems Zemlin just doesn't "get" Open Source

    So, "open source is about choice", right?

    How about the choice of using something else? Nokia is completely free to choose its own partners, its own path, its own operating systems.

    Of course I myself am disappointed at Nokia's choice, but THE Linux Foundation announcing it is disappointed is completely over the top, in my opinion.

    It only shows the world that Zemlin *does* actually embody the stereotype that in order to adopt Linux in the enterprise you must be an empty-headed zealot.
  • maemo

    Well i have used all mobile platforms and after a long time being on WM I got my first maemo device -N900, man have I been missing out. Maemo is the best damn platform ever and I think Nokia should have developed it more,it could really have become a mainstream OS. Nokia must be smokng something!!!
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