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Opera Software has bought up mobile ad broker AdMarvel, joining Apple and Google in the rush to push advertising onto our mobile phones. Financial details of the deal haven't been revealed, but Opera will take complete control of California-based AdMarvel with a view to carving itself a space in mobile-advertising, before Apple …

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So...

...they will be using my money to upload adverts to my device?

Any sign of Firefox for S60?

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FAIL

FAIL

You don't even know what they are planning to do yet.

Firefox for S60? LOL.

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Jobs Horns

@Wize

Firefox is open source - Just download it and make your own S60 version. That's the whole point of open source, and why Firefox is *sooo* much better. Remember?

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If it's as turn-ffable as the article suggests

it sounds like a good source of income.

@AC

The point of FOSS is about allowing multiple people to do what one person can't do alone. So, no - you're wrong

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Jobs Horns

@KenBW2

No, open source is about freedom - including the freedom for people to download it and do what they want. What you're describing limits OSS to being merely voluntary work.

Try complaining about a problem or wanted feature in GIMP - you're told to go and add the patch as soon as you've finished writing it.

Opera is closed source, yet it's made it onto numerous platforms over the years, including mobile platforms. And Safari on the iPhone is hardly the product of a genuine open source effort. Apple and Nokia could have made their browsers closed source for all the difference it would have made. Being open source offers absolutely zero benefit to any iPhone or Maemo purchaser, no more than it makes to people who buy devices that come with Opera. If people moan about Pocket IE, it's down to the people who run the project, not the licence that comes with it. There are plenty of open source apps that are complete jokes. The ones that are good almost always have well paid staff, offices and strong affiliations with huge multinational corporations. Quality independent projects (such as Filezilla) are few and far between, and almost always are the work one one individual or a couple of friends. No one else helps with the source, they just post messages on forums calling for new features, changes or ports to their platform.

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