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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RE[3]: Differences
by Delgarde on Wed 17th Apr 2013 00:34 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Differences"
Delgarde
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However in hindsight it's pretty clear that linux gained converts from the sizable unix market owing to POSIX compatibility, so it's not clear to me that anything with alternative interfaces would have had a real chance.


People often don't seem to appreciate just how important compatibility is. But it should be obvious that a new OS will struggle to catch on if it can't actually do anything useful, and having access to existing applications makes a big difference.

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