Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Apr 2013 22:44 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Almost exactly three years ago, I wrote about why OSNews was no longer OSNews: the alternative operating system scene had died, and OSNews, too, had to go with the times and move towards reporting on a new wave of operating systems - mobile, and all the repercussions that the explosion of smartphones and tablets have caused. Still, I was wondering something today: why aren't we seeing alternative operating systems on mobile?
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If we ask why more indy OSes haven't showed up on mobile, my own opinion is that Vanders is on the money. Not only do locked, proprietary, and non-standard devices impede efforts to actually build an indy OS, but they also *severely* impede our ability to distribute one as well.

Also, I think most hackers are content to work on custom roms for their phone of choice. Which is a good thing, IMO. Why not build something that people can actually get some use out of, as opposed to a hobby OS that maybe 20 people would ever install. Even on PCs, I always considered them a waste of time, except for those who have an academic interest in them.

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