I came away from using the N9 feeling more than a little sad. As a consumer competition and innovation are good. As a programmer its great to see new ideas blooming and another platform that will further drive innovation.
We are all a little poorer for MeeGo being cancelled. For some reason the words of John Donne seem strangely appropriate: "any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. "
Whenever I see this OS and it reminds me of what was possible and could have been. I remain respectful of the innovations of Nokia but it saddens me to see them become a slave to another company, even if it does sport a quality OS.
The N9 shows they had a viable, potentially world beating platform. Not only have they thrown it under a bus but, with its passing, so goes any hope of a true linux based smartphone (and accompanying ecosystem) ever achieving mass market exposure. It's tragic.
I bet that we will see future Linux + Qt based phones from Nokia, with a different name, but similar to the N9 OS.
Edit: deleted comment refered to this http://www.art.net/~hopkins/Don/unix-haters/x-windows/disast...
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