Linked by James Ingraham on Mon 24th Jul 2006 11:15 UTC
QNX In today's entry in our Alternative OS Contest, James Ingraham takes a close look at QNX, the operating system based on the Neutrino microkernel. He concludes that "While you can probably find solutions for just about all of your desktop computing needs using the QNX RTOS, that is not QNX's strong suit. Its focus is real-time, embedded, and mission critical applications." Read on for the whole article.
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RE[3]: For all you QNX bashers...
by Kochise on Tue 25th Jul 2006 03:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: For all you QNX bashers..."
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"Not every operating system needs to be able to play MP3's, have a fanciful (or indeed any) display layer, or even be able to multi-task to be of value."

A desktop OS needs these 'fancy' stuffs. Otherwise please explain why have QSSL bothered to create a native x86 version of QNX with such a nice and effective GUI ?

And don't tell me about cross development, a cross compiler hosted on Windows or Linux is just enough. So why have they wasted so much creativity in something they lock down afterward ?

I think there were markets for an open desktop version for people seeking reliabilty and responsiveness from their OS, not especially focusing on the RTOS hype of the embedded version. People would have been eager to develop on QNX NC which provide a strong industry compliant API, not the mess you may find on other platforms (see on Windows Win32 vs MFC vs ATL vs WTL, .NET vs ...).

It's normal QNX is seeking some money for their coders, I'm not against that at all. But enforcing the use of a NC desktop version would enforce little by little QNX as a standard de facto, especially in high schools where students can work on a POSIX compilant OS that is really used in the industry. That would be a great advantage for everyone...

But hey, that's my vision of things, and I know that people on the market and financial departement have other views of the problem, mostly a short time range...


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