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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I agree, the argument about younger developers being less skilled is rubbish. And I'm an old one. :-)

The developers marketplace has simply changed. It needs less low-level than before because the low-level stuffs was immature in the past, where skilled people where needed. It's not the case anymore.
The application frameworks was immature (if even existant) too, they're not anymore, quite the contrary.
They're very large framework, well-documented, comes with many samples and so. No such thing in the past.

Younger developers are not less good than us old ones, their skills are just focused where there is demand, aka application & web service.
The low-level skilleds developers knows that's true, simply because there is no more that need for their skilled, beside hobby OS... Even they have moved to such skills set, should be telling enough.

Add to that ever increasing technology change rate and economy world race, and it's no wonder the focus is now on writing and selling as fast as possible applications, services, such stuffs.

Money is no more in low-level software.
Money is still in selling hardware and high-level small softwares and web services. Hence the app stores success and cloud services.

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