09/09/2013, 07:16 PM
You certainly have a point, and I respect your opinions and involvement in everything you do, so this is not a flame.
Originally Posted by Remy X
You are quite possibly right about what could have been done in an open source situation with that amount of funding. (I'm not knowledgeable enough about the technical feasibility, and I think you are well enough qualified to support your opinion). The drawback to that however, is the fact that there was no open-source group willing (or able) to organize, raise funds and build an ACL based on the open source Dalvick VM for the webOS platform in such a timeframe. So while many can be skeptical, which may be valid, in the end, I don't think it can really be argued that this was the wrong action. Its not released yet, (and pre-release pushed again today), but realistically, this is (ussumeably) delivering something that was not previously available in a quick timeframe.
Open source COULD have delivered, but didn't. OM did have a head start it seems, and assuming they deliver, and all of our worst fears aren't realized, then it seems they've been able to get to where we are rather quickly. Sometimes leveraging existing work may provide better value to the user community. I'm more a user than a developer, and I do believe in and support the homebrew, internals and ports community.
I don't disagree with your point about the what-if, should OM end up against a wall, and the community then has no access to take the ball without starting from scratch.
I just thought I'd share an alternate perspective and something to consider for the body of users that really want something to keep us in the community, so that there potentially IS a community for ports, LG or whatever may happen, to keep webOS alive.