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What's the Point of oFono?

May 12, 2009, 21:03 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

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"This is interesting for a number of reasons. First, because it seems to be trying to do something different from the usual “create open source code and see what someone can do with it” approach. It is taking the modularity that lies at the heart of free software to the next level, exposing functionality through a very simple API. That means it will appeal to those who don't necessarily want to mess around with the underlying code (although they always have the option of doing so).

"It's also extremely interesting because it comes from Intel and Nokia. Intel was originally backing Moblin in this area, but recently passed the project over to the Linux Foundation. The announcement of oFono confirms my suspicions at the time that Intel decided Moblin had failed to gain traction. I fear, therefore, that Moblin will now go nowhere fast: there are just too many alternatives offering more modern approaches, and too few developers to support all the initiatives, however worthwhile they may be."

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