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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simply cant compete
by Adurbe on Tue 16th Apr 2013 08:31 UTC
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I think a lot of it is a cultural shift. Previously we believed it was possible for a little startup company to come along and compete with the big boys on the market (IBM mainly)

Acorn, Sinclair, APPLE!, MICROSOFT!!

An OS takes a large financial investment for a very small hope of return. WebOS, a wonderful mobile OS, even with Palm leading it couldnt break the market. HP bought it and it couldnt either.

I couldnt write a webOS, let alone give it the backing these companies did. I CAN however write a little phone app and make a few quid on the side..

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