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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jgagnon
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2008-06-24

I think the biggest appeal of starting with the Linux kernel is that you, as an operating system designer, do not have to think much about what hardware you want your system to work with. They've done most of the homework for you already. You can instead focus on your user land experience or other areas.

If you also controlled the hardware on which your OS would run (such a closed system like the C64) then your job as an OS creator is a lot easier. Otherwise you have the very difficult job of writing/rewriting drivers for a lot of devices. The fact that these drivers have already been written and tested can save a LOT of time and frustration for potential users.

Besides, you could easily start with the Linux kernel and end up with an operating system that is completely unlike GNU/Linux.

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