I think people are misconstruing Havoc’s post as an endorsement of the iPod. They miss the point that it is a successful product and has breath new life into Apple as a company. There is a lesson to be learned there and Havoc seemed to be mussing on finding out what that lesson is. We can go about ignoring the question of why things that are the antithesis of the ideals of Open Source and Open Standards hold such mass market appeal or we can be introspective and ask ourselves what are we not doing that they are doing right. If someone could find the answer to that you will start to see mass market iPod killers that support open formats in more than just geeks hands.
Perhaps in the device arena Nokia can make big wins here. It is making good first steps with the 770 but I hope we see future generation ask those questions and refine themselves beyond the “it runs GNOME” appeal.
Of course there is much more to those questions than just devices. iPod was just an easy target to comment on. Especially in light of add campaigns like “Music is Just Better in Color”. Whaaat?[read this post in: ar de es fr it ja ko pt ru zh-CN ]