Originally Posted by mikedt
There's been a few Linux smart-phones in the past, like the Nokia N900 with Maemo. Could a pocket sized smart-phone run a full environment like KDE or Gnome or Mate or LXDE, along with proper Linux applications like Libre Office or Gimp? Difficult to see how that could be done with a 4 or 5 inch screen.
I vividly remember a rather heated discussion (I forget who with) that came out when Nokia killed it's OS in order to partner with Microsoft. I can't remember the name of the OS (Meego maybe???) but the argument the other poster made was that Microsoft paid off Nokia because they were terrified that a Linux phone would smash iOS, Android and, of course, WP7 into the dust and rule the market with ease. They would rather compete against iOS and Android because they felt they could make in roads there whereas if there was a Linux phone in the mix, they would be up a creek with no chance.