Why you should conditionally promise to buy the upcoming Nokia N810 tablet

Nokia N810 tablet

  • It looks gorgeous
  • It runs Linux, and showcases what can be done with more vertical integration
  • Nokia has been improving their interaction with the developer community
  • Video camera and Skype (no Skype video support yet, though)
  • Rhapsody subscription service
  • New: Now with GPS, spacious internal storage, and sliding keyboard built-in!
  • New: More video codecs, Flash 9, Mozilla-based browser

So commercial software providers (Skype, Real Networks) will provide Linux ports if they judge that the userbase is big enough. Which is good news.

The same thing applies to Nokia itself, naturally, and sadly in this case, they do not think there is demand for Ogg Vorbis playback.

So if, like me, you find the product attractive, but have a personal collection of Ogg Vorbis files (or FLAC, which transcodes seamlessly to Vorbis), then this is what you can do:

  • E-mail Nokia about it
  • Inform outlets that stock the tablet (e.g. Best Buy, CompUSA)
  • Sign this pledge and pass it around

All the software for the new device (minus GPS — though perhaps it’s the same software that comes with the GPS kit for N800? Oh, and the ambient light sensor) will run on the N800, so holding back won’t be that painful.

5 responses to “Why you should conditionally promise to buy the upcoming Nokia N810 tablet

  1. unfortunately, lack of Ogg/Vorbis on Maemo platform is NOT caused by “blind Nokia” — there are plenty open-source ambassadors inside OSSO team, and topic of Ogg/Vorbis is floating on top of agenda every time new gadget is planned. But it breaks over another iceberg — IPR/patent/license legislation in every civilized country makes mixing Ogg/Vorbis and commercial codecs into mission-impossible. Before you even consider those 3 steps above, think again – the true step you have to do is to bother your legislator (senator/parliamentarian/etc) and force them make this mix possible in first place, i.e. not prohibited by law — corporations do not enter politics, it is citizen’s domain. And if citizens sit on their ass and do nothing – why corporations should, if nobody is interested?

  2. A.T.:

    “force them make this mix possible in first place, i.e. not prohibited by law”

    I don’t think it’s a legal problem — the Japanese-made Rio Karma supported Ogg and FLAC; after Rio’s assets were bought by Sigmatel, the platform is then used by TrekStor, a German company, to produce the vibez player with the same functionalities. You also get Korean players that play Vorbis just fine.

    Vorbis is patent-free, and the onus is on the MP3/MP4/etc. license holders to show otherwise, since the Vorbis code is available for them to check. Now, companies like Apple has an interest in locking in their users and thus might have ulterior motives for not supporting Vorbis. For the other companies it’s simply lack of demand — Ari Jaaksi, a Nokia VP in charge of the tablets, never mentioned legal reasons for not including the codecs. It’s just management’s calculation of how to prioritize developer resources.

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  4. But now many products from other brands that also have the same features, even with competitive prices. The advantages of Nokia, especially in my country, is fairly easy to obtain spare parts so if there is damage, it can be easily overcome.