[Geowanking] Bad news for those who wanted to see location-based apps on the iPhone...
steve at adam.com.au
Thu Jan 25 23:29:39 PST 2007
On 26/01/2007, at 5:15 AM, Beau Gunderson wrote:
> "Apple CEO Steve Jobs stated emphatically that despite its OS X roots,
> the Apple iPhone would be closed to third-party apps, remarking, "You
The quote is not the full story. Steve Jobs has also made it clear
that third-parties can develop for the iPhone, just that Apple will
have a certification process to ensure that applications meet minimum
standards. It isn't about making excuses for a $500 brick... it's the
simple fact that open source software sucks dead dogs balls when it
comes to the basic essentials like polish, presentation and
In the woodshed, open source is great because you can grab that bit
of wood, this bit of iron, and whap together something that works
like a table even though it doesn't much look like one. For things
that are used every day, something better is desirable. Apple
provides the excessive and obsessive effort for minor things that
don't achieve much purpose but has the polish and care to make boring
I've used Linux since 0.011a, I've built entire systems with open
source software, but I'm not a fanboy and I know where things have
their weak points and strong points. It annoys me to see people
claiming that anyone who likes Apple gear is a mindless fanboy who
makes excuses left right and centre for their Numero Uno God, Steve
"God" Jobs (God). It's really about the fact that process is
followed, with change control, documentation, and clear design.
The fact is that I wouldn't be able to do my work without the
documentation that Apple provide and nobody in open source can be
bothered doing. Ever tried finding information about PAM_LDAP? Ever
tried to program Gtk widgets with vague notes from an autistic savant
from several versions ago? Where's a good book that describes the
current Linux kernel (not 10 years ago).
There is a breaking point where ideals hit the fan, and "get it done"
is more important. Open source doesn't do the job.
steve at adam.com.au
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