Just wondering: what would you think would be the Slashdot response to an announcement like the following. Note that this is an imaginary post.
A new open platform for devices is in the making.
A group of several tens of developers are working hard on a new open platform that is an alternative for Android.
But while Android is targeting mobile devices and will include an operating system, middleware and key applications, the MOSQ project is actually delivering a system that is targeting mobile devices, smartphones, ultra-light computers, laptops, desktops, mainframes, set-top boxes and what not. And it includes more: a complete embedded development environment is part of the system, making it much more open than the Android system which needs an SDK, usable only on a developer machine, and requires knowledge of Java, C, and C++ to develop applications in. The project is well under way to be deployable on the Apple iPhone as well, completely replacing the Apple software, or behaving like a more adapted citizen by running into the iPhone operating system.
The system is not only open, but free of costs and licensing as well. The development community behind MOSQ is betting its business case on the selling of services and applications, comparable to the AppStore on the iPhone.