Nokia II

October 11, 2006

Dave, we tried to speak with the people of Nokia Chile, only to ask for their help in the local diffusion for our event, thanks to the support of the GNOME Foundation and the friends at maemo.org and Nokia we are going to have Fernando Herrera in Chile.

It is a great opportunity to make noise and to show GNOME in Chile. We called to Nokia asking them to help us with the press contacts. They are a great and big company and they have much more credibility and respect than our local team and me.

We never requested money for our event, since we have the resources thanks to the Foundation and the work of the Chilean team. Lamentably the sensation that left me the conversation with Nokia in Chile, is that they don’t interest in anything that is not the mobiles phones, and this kind of events are not for them, so they are not aligned with the open source as in Europe.

Fortunately we have a great team in Chile, we are working in the press release for the event and I am confident that we will be able to do it and attract the media to GNOME day. Thanks again for supporting the event, that compromises us to give the best.

5 Responses to “Nokia II”

  1. Federico Lucifredi (federico-II) Says:

    So, what you are saying is that Nokia should get involved in *any* activity related to Gnome ? I doubt they would agree. Even if they did, there would be the usual problem with big companies: the left hand does not know what the right does.

    I understand there was no money involved, but hey, Nokia has the right to decide in which ways to get involved with Gnome and in which ways not to – isn’t Gnome about freedom, after all ? :)

    This whole thing sounds like a storm in a teacup if you ask me.

  2. fsmw Says:

    Yes, you are right too, and following your line, i’ve the right to comment it!, if there are right for everything.

    But what i want to point it, is that Nokia don’t see a real market in OSS in Chile, and that’s not only a Nokia problem, that’s part of our digital gap, we’re too small and to undeveloped that we only can get IT from the past, IT deprecated in Europe or USA. In Spain i was able to buy Nokia 770 at shop, in Chile i can’t!.

  3. Federico Lucifredi (federico-II) Says:

    haha – yes, you are free to comment ;-)

    Concerning the point on Chile’s digital gap, I think you are wrong. I am in Boston right now, and I cannot buy a 770 in any store I know of. I see how in some big telephony markets in Europe it could be sold as a cool gizmo tho (it is not all that useful *yet* if you ask me ;-).

    Concerning OSS markets, well, some people would question the existence of OSS markets in the first place – look a the leader of the pack, RHAT is barely making $300M/year, that is small potatoes compared to even relatively small proprietary software companies. What I am saying is, Microsoft can afford to chase all markets, while OSS operators cannot (yet) – but don’t despair: RHAT’s purchase of those two small companies in Argentina and Brazil is clearly designed to establish both Spanish and Portoughese speaking presence in the southern cone.

    By the way, is Chile currently a MSFT monocolture in the enterprise, just like Italy is ?

  4. Federico Lucifredi (federico-II) Says:

    haha – yes, you are free to comment ;-)

    Concerning the point on Chile’s digital gap, I think you are wrong. I am in Boston right now, and I cannot buy a 770 in any store I know of. I see how in some big telephony markets in Europe it could be sold as a cool gizmo tho (it is not all that useful *yet* if you ask me ;-).

    Concerning OSS markets, well, some people would question the existence of OSS markets in the first place – look a the leader of the pack, RHAT is barely making $300M/year, that is small potatoes compared to even relatively small proprietary software companies. What I am saying is, Microsoft can afford to chase all markets, while OSS operators cannot (yet) – but don’t despair: RHAT’s purchase of those two small companies in Argentina and Brazil is clearly designed to establish both Spanish and Portoughese speaking presence in the southern cone.

    By the way, is Chile currently a MSFT monocolture in the enterprise, just like Italy is ? What about Argentina ?

  5. fsmw Says:

    May be u can’t at USA, but still there are a lot of IT that we don’t find it here. and yes Chile is very MSFT monoculture, however we keep working every day to change this, even if we just give 2 cents. My rant is dedicated to Nokia Chile because i feel that they can do more, if they want.


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