Well, i care
Originally Posted by Vistaus
I have my heap of research and notes (that get slowly transformed into working solutions), RumoredNow and i are still working on the independent app store, dkirker is working on the browser with a modern WebKit, the Internals people are all hard at work on open webOS. The Homebrew community is more than capable of picking up where the Palm developers left off, however that does nothing to cure the boardroom politics at all those big hardware manufacturers.
I will always respect the dedication that Palm developers had, their valiant effort despite the odds, and the Homebrew community working tireslessly to make webOS even better. But we've been out-funded by Google maybe 100 times over. There's big money behind Android, and lots of excitement behind FirefoxOS. This is the people we have to compete against. The undisputed kings of mobile, iOS and Android, then FirefoxOS whose success has been handed to them even before they sold a single handset, AND there are other companies vying for #4, such as Microsoft, RIM/Blackberry, Jolla (Sailfish OS)... it is crowded.
I'm not saying that we can't succeed. I sure hope we can, putting my own time and effort towards it. But no-one is waiting for us with an outstretched hand like they are for Firefox. We have to work even harder to impress anyone. There are other people between us and the "market"... the hardware vendors, the carriers which subsidize phones and their employees that work the floor selling phones to customers. We have to get through all that before the market is ours. It's not enough to just have a superior product on hand...
As for HP investing money in 3rd party apps, they've tried that, but sadly failed at quality control... whoever came for the easy money wasn't interested in a future, just a paycheck and users be damned. So, throwing money at a problem is only half of a solution.
Anyway, this wasn't meant in any way to diminish what you've said. I think we agree that besides a good product in itself, success requires money, smart and focused management, and finally corporate muscle-power.
P.S. I've only been here two months... even if i don't yet have anything to show and brag about, it doesn't mean i'm sitting on the sidelines... it takes time to get a deep knowledge of the OS and that's taken priority over releasing "something"