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David Lefty Schlesinger’s Presentation at eComm 2009

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Criticality and Nuance of Governance for Mobile Handset OS

Criticality and Nuance of Governance for Mobile Handset OS

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    • 1.  
    • 2. Criticality and Nuance of Governance for Mobile Handset OS David “Lefty” Schlesinger Director, Open Source Technologies ACCESS Co., Ltd. Architectural Steering Committee, Open Source Committee Chair LiMo F o undation 3 March 2009
    • 3. An Important Announcement !
    • 4. An Important Announcement ! You Have Just Suffered a Failure of Governance.
    • 5. An Important Announcement ! You Have Just Suffered a Failure of Governance. Sorry For The Inconvenience.
    • 6. In the News! Symbian and Android Bicker Over Who’s More “Open”!
      • “ Android is not open. It's a marketing label. It's controlled by Google.” —Lee Williams, Executive Director, Symbian Foundation
      • “ If you're talking about a platform and the source code isn't completely available for that platform, I would say it's misleading to call that platform open.” —Rich Miner, Android Architect
    • 7. In the News! Would-be iPhone Developers Perplexed and Disgruntled!
      • “ We spent a lot of time and money on this product. It sucks to develop an app and get it rejected for reasons that you weren't aware of.” —Patrick Alphonso, CEO, Swamiware
      • “ Their reasons for banning us really didn't add up… After that, they pretty much stopped talking to us or returning e-mail and voicemail.” —Sam Magdalein, Air-o-matic
    • 8. In the News! Android Doesn’t Follow Robot’s Rules of Order!
      • Google Bans Its Own Developers From the Android Applications Store!
      • “ Memory Optimizing” Malware Frees Up Space by Deleting Your Data!
      • (And It Remains to be Seen Whether You Can Give Away an iPhone in Japan!)
    • 9. “ What we have here is a failure of governance!”
    • 10. Governance?
      • Governance: the management of shared resources and activities so as to (hopefully) honor and respect the desires and expectations of the stakeholders.
      • Two kinds of governance:
        • How a project (or a platform) is managed
        • How a platform manages its developers
      • The various “open” platform choices demonstrate some significant differences
    • 11. Compare and Contrast
      • iPhone: Governance by Divine Fiat
        • A Model Which Would Please Genghis Khan
      • Android and Symbian: Governance by the Big Gorilla
        • Either You’re Part of the Parade, or You’re Part of the Pavement
      • OpenMoko: Governance by Benign Neglect
        • “ Whatever, dude.”
    • 12. LiMo is Different
      • An internal governance model based on
        • Open source community “best practices”
        • Intellectual property “safe harbor”, representing a collective pool of over 300,000 patents
      • Significant ties with the mainstream open source community
        • Organizationally (GNOME Foundation, FSF-Europe, etc.), and via direct project work (GTK+, Gstreamer, D-Bus, BlueZ, Webkit, Clutter, etc.)
    • 13. LiMo is Different
      • Shared fixes and optimizations ensuring continual improvement
        • “ Code talks”, members are equal partners, code is effectively collectively owned and maintained
      • Open Source technologies are used responsibly and responsively
        • LiMo Open Source policy is published on the Foundation’s site
    • 14. Broad and Deep Industry Engagement Board Members (Founder) Board Members (Core) Approaching 1 Billion subscribers managed by carrier members
    • 15. Core + Associate Members Broad and Deep Industry Engagement
    • 16. LiMo is Different for Developers, Too
      • Familiar development models, tools and practices
      • A robust, policy-based security model
      • Increasing reach of the platform
        • More handsets, more APIs
      • Moving toward an open development platform, with “consumer protection” in a phased approach
    • 17. Thank you!
    • 18.