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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Linux/UNIX is 'good enough'
by tomz on Tue 16th Apr 2013 17:06 UTC
tomz
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2010-05-06

The problem is that if you get any of the smartphone platforms, most are running some flavor of UNIX. iOS? Darwin/BSD. Android? Forked Linux with WAIT_LOCKs, recently merged back. Blackberry? QNX.

If you want to invent a NON-POSIX OS, you won't have an app base. If you want to do POSIX, why will yours be better than the existing alternatives?

You can install existing linux distos for ARM right not on rooted phones and tablets.

So the problem with doing a DIY OS is that it would be a dead-end. It might be a neat hack - there are many. But if you want to actually use it for something, the infrastructure will be harder. For example, how do you do a bluetooth and wifi stack?

There is now the Raspberry Pi - that might spark some interest and development. It is cheaper, the hardware and software are open. Something might happen there.

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