Palm loses key Mozilla recruits in a year
"When we are both aligned, things can work out, but as soon as the company has a change in strategy and we misalign, developers are often left by the wayside," Almaer said. "This mirrors the world of dictatorships. If you could guarantee your dictator is fully aligned with you there is a good chance that the system will be far more efficient than a democracy. History has taught us though that 99.9% of the time this isn't the case. The Open Web gives us an escape valve. It has its own problems and complexities (just as democracy), but that is all critically worth it."
Galbraith also pointed out that a pure web option would ensure that a device and its content platform were "not irrevocably coupled" as they have been in the mobile sphere, such as iOS apps and even webOS. The current climate was as though Sony's MiniDisc was widely used but was never licensed out, preventing anyone else from sharing the same technology.
Going back from a big to a small company again would also be a timely change, Almaer wrote.
The departure came just as HP had shipped webOS 2.0 through the Palm Pre 2 but kept up a mostly uninterrupted string of departures from the Palm team for other companies. Apart from lost a VP to Nokia and has also lost other leaders to Google and to Apple. Former Apple VP and Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein is so far one of the few remaining executives from the phone designer. [via TechCrunch]