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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Raspberry Pi
by torbenm on Tue 16th Apr 2013 08:08 UTC
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Though not quite a mobile computer, the Pi has been used for at least one "alternative" OS: RISC OS.

With its relatively low footprint, RISC OS would make a decent mobile OS, though the GUI would have to be rewritten from the keyboard/mouse-centric desktop to a multitouch GUI.

As for phone OSs: A barrier is that telephony code is complicated and needs to pass strict standards. So it is more likely that alternative-OS mobile devices will target WiFi instead of telephony.

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