- It's an open source project, and like what I've mentioned before; its openness is its key to sucess and also its problem at the same time. We're talking about many people, who're hardly know each other and never meet face to face to work together. And to make it worse, those kinda people are usually an indepent and a bit "self-centric" person who is excel working alone but lacks the skills to work as a team. I know, and I've seen a lot of situations like this.
- Money, cash, funds, dough, etc., or whatever we called it. Mike Cane does has a good point; who is willing to provide the cash to fund the project? From Michael Arrington's own pocket? Or from TechCrunch? Or will it be a joint venture open fundings from people who're interested in the project? If the Web Tablet that's priced around $200 has got out from the production gate, do you think those people who have contributed to the project will be pleased with just a thank you note from an email? How can an open project like this make it, if even big companies who produce actual computers & laptops are saying: "it just doesn't add up..." about making netbooks that have price range below $500?
- No solid basic technologies basis to support it. Aside from the brainstorming idea that drew plenty of drools, TechCrunch's Web Tablet first idea is to pull out as many ideas it can get, and then take off from there. But what, where, and when? What are the technologies? Where do those technologies came from, from an already registered & patented techs? And when it's time to stop dreaming and start working? It all sums up as a crazy idea, which many Linux and open source weblogs are saying it so, and all of the open source tech experts I know also think/said so...
In the end, it all winds up as this: It's not the Web Tablet itself that stirs the most conversation from blogospheres, but the crazy idea behind it that is. And this is what make open source and Linux to be avoided (even hated) by common computer users, because there are no solid and true supports for free; only crazy ideas are free. Throwing crazy idea one after another one is easy.
Just exactly what Linus Torvalds has said it himself during an interview with simple-talk: "As a project manager, I have never had trouble finding people with crazy ideas. I have trouble finding people who can execute..."
[blogged with my Treo 750v]