Subject: Re: Communities as the new IPR?
From: Russell Nelson <nelson@crynwr.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2005 00:28:29 -0500

susan wu writes:
 > A singular community can't be stolen.

A community can be caused to move by giving them a better home.  HP
(idiots!) killed off "their" handheld.org community by closing the
entity around which the community had grown (CRL).  Some stalwarts are
trying to keep it alive through donations, but that will be hard.

Nokia is (whether they realize it or not) giving that community a
better home with their Maemo software and 770 hardware.  They're not
doing a very good job of it, though; a fair bit of the code is
closed-source (DOH!)

Sharp had some very nice handheld hardware, but loaded it with
Cathedral-style software and didn't understand the need for a
community of developers.  They made a few feeble motions in the
direction of a community, but they didn't know how to sell their
hardware and eventually gave up.

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