Nice to have comments on an Orlowski article!
"Especially since Symbian still offers the best kernel and middleware stack for mobiles"
Citation needed! But developers hate Symbian, anyway, and the devices aren't exactly bringing in the punters, so the term "best" is disputable in a number of ways.
EPOC's (erm, Symbian's) limitations might have made sense in the days of 18MHz ARM7 CPUs and 4MB RAM where the system had to be tuned for responsiveness, but it's clear that the restrictions are quite archaic these days, and even though they're slapping a Qt layer on top, you have to wonder what the Symbian technology really brings to the table any more.
Whether Maemo will ever live up to expectations is another matter entirely, but the future isn't Symbian - the market has seen to that.