Nokia's Maemo: A Free Software Platform?

Neal H. Walfield neal at
Tue Jan 30 13:47:49 UTC 2007

I've discussed the Nokia 770 with a few high profile members of the
FSFE community.  The reaction was generally positive.  Sure, it may
have Flash and Opera, but it's essentially a free platform, was the
common feeling.  I call this assertion into question: Maemo relies
heavily on non-free components and Nokia has constructed technical and
psychological barriers which prevent a free platform from emerging.  I
contend that Nokia, despite their contributions to the FLOSS
communities, represents a greater threat to freedom than many
proprietary hardware vendors.  Read the note here:


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