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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Good post
by nt_jerkface on Fri 15th Apr 2011 16:52 UTC
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Nice to see someone explaining how a balance is needed with smartphones since battery life is limited.

A lot of people seem to think multitasking limitations in smartphones have more to do with the technical incompetence of the os developers. Full and equal multitasking is actually easier to develop than a specialized system where priority is given based on application needs.

Like it or not but most users are not running multiple applications in the background. Smartphone battery life remains a problem so as much as geeks would like a mini-desktop OS that doesn't mean it is the best choice for the mainstream. Hopefully there will be an advancement in energy storage some point so these compromises don't have to be made.

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