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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Restrictive evironment
by sisora on Tue 16th Apr 2013 05:37 UTC
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The biggest reason I feel is Mobile environment is highly restrictive compared to desktop counterparts. Long back I was able to write a program (OS??) from scratch which was bootable and can take (very very) few keyboard commands. Though cannot be called as OS, the point is, it was easy to develop such programs in a desktop with a floppy disk. It is very difficult to experiment something like that with current devices due to non-standard based hardware/firmware etc.

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