Nokia, one of Open Source’s biggest advocates and sources of strength, has practically merged with Microsoft, Open Source’s biggest enemy and saboteur. The agreement goes beyond simple cooperation. Nokia is killing Meego, an important open source initiative.
This has been on the horizon for quite a while, ever since Nokia hired long-time Microsoft insider Elop as its CEO, and intensifying with a leaked internal memo Elop supposedly sent to Nokia employees.
This probably will help Nokia in the long run, but it fundamentally changes the company’s character. This is a sellout by a biased CEO. I was with Nokia so far, but I’m switching to Android as soon as I can.
I had a conversation yesterday that got me thinking, and the more I think about it, the more it seems to me that Elop was a Microsoft implant into Nokia, sent in for this very purpose. Elop apparently made some noises about why he picked Windows over Android, but I doubt he ever considered Android. The deal is hugely helpful for Microsoft, which was struggling to get anyone to show interest in Windows. It also seems vaguely helpful for Nokia, but it’s simply not commensurate. Microsoft gets Navtec maps, various services, a ready-made phone distribution net, and a huge share of phone profits from Nokia at absolutely no cost to itself! Nokia gives all this potentially revenue-generating stuff to Microsoft for free! All Microsoft is doing is providing the already-developed Windows OS — and even that for a share of the profits!