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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RE: Differences
by kjmph on Tue 16th Apr 2013 03:55 UTC in reply to "Differences"
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Sadly, I think you are right. Although my own alternative OS never got off the ground for x86, I don't have a strong interest to build an OS for mobile. It was easier to target the golden era x86 devices.. They have well understood and common HW implementations. I almost feel like the Linux kernel is at fault, if they had moved to GPLv3 maybe the HW wouldn't be so opaque. However, since it is open enough for vendors to build upon, yet closed enough for vendors to ship, it leaves alternative "OS" design in the realm of custom ROMs.

However, I *am* a Linux kernel engineer by trade, so if I was hired to do an OS, I *would* just use the kernel I know and love. There isn't a strong need to rebuild a kernel anymore. My ideas all played to niche markets, and if I had to market to general users, why would we ever use anything but the Linux kernel (or BSD kernels, for those that know it better)?

I personally think alternative OSes are pandering to remembrance of things past. There is a lot of fun work there, but we won't move to mobile within five years with that mind set.

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