Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Fri 15th Apr 2011 10:24 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Ever since iPhoneOS (now iOS) has been released, there's an old fight going on about how multitasking should work on personal computers, and more specially what should happen to applications which are put in the background. Some advocate that they should be dipped in virtual liquid nitrogen and stop doing anything, like on iOS, which others advocate that they should continue to run in the background, like on desktop OSs. What about putting a little more flexibility in there?
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RE: Comment by OSbunny
by Neolander on Fri 15th Apr 2011 11:52 UTC in reply to "Comment by OSbunny"
Neolander
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2010-03-08

People are calling tablets and smart phones PCs now?

Well, for me personal computing designates all computers which are designed to be owned and operated by a single individual at once in the largest part of their life cycle.

This is also the definition of Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_computing

Frozen tasks are not multitasking. Multitasking is multiple running programs. If they are not getting CPU time its not multitasking.

Well, since Apple have decided to call the iOS task switcher multitasking ( http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/multitasking.html ), we are now forced to include in multitasking the act of holding several processes in memory at once, even if they do not receive CPU time.

Edited 2011-04-15 12:07 UTC

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