Dr Ari Jaaksi is Nokia’s vice president of software and head of its open-source operations. Note that Nokia recently acquired Trolltech so now he has an important role in Qt’s future. An I’m worried because he has been quoted saying nonsense like this:
“We want to educate open-source developers. There are certain business rules [developers] need to obey, such as DRM, IPR [intellectual property rights], SIM locks and subsidised business models.”
No thanks you very much, but I don’t want software defective by design (not even the evils at Apple like DRM anymore), I don’t believe in imaginary property, and I hate SIM locks as much as the next guy.
“As an industry, we plan to use open-source technologies but we are not yet ready to play by the rules; but this needs to work the other way round too.”
You better start playing by the rules because else the other companies might do it faster than Nokia and you will lose the opportunity. Oh: And just as a remind: when you go open source, you *must* play by the rules by honoring the license of the software.
Really, it’s sad to listen to things like this from someone controlling the company who owns Trolltech I am sure that the vice-president of companies like Red Hat wouldn’t say nonsense like the above. But it’s no surprise coming from someone in a company that seems to be absolutely in favor of software patents in Europe according to FFII.