"If the pessimism in the "new technology" sector wasn't bad
enough already, doubters about wireless Internet services are
starting to come out of the woodwork. And some of them are blaming
it all on the Open Source phenomenon."
"This new market has also attracted a rapidly growing body of
"Open Source" WAP programs and information, most notably Kannel,
and OpenWAP. A WAPUniverse Palm browser is being built in Open
Source. Several firms like 3G Lab, SourceGear, and Wapit, Ltd. are
structuring their offerings based on Open Source technology. Even
mainstream vendors like Nokia have been opening up elements of
"The oddest explanation being given for the problems with the
WAP marketplace was put forth by the Wall Street Journal. In a
truly remarkable stretch of logic, the Journal suggested that the
industry standards group, the WAP Forum was to blame, and so was
the Open Source development model! According to The Journal,
when "the forum made WAP open-source ... it fueled the
mis-marketing of WAP." The Journal suggested that without
proprietary code to hide behind, developers "could only
differentiate themselves through packaging." By this line of
thinking, Open Source was responsible for the hype that stampeded
investors and developers into creating a technology that wasn't
ready for prime time."
"Other more rational analysts suggest the problem lies in
the fact that most WAP applications ... suck."
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