Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 29th Aug 2013 03:50 UTC
QNX According to a Computerworld article, BlackBerry is exploring putting itself up for sale, as the company falls into 4th place in the mobile market. IDC statistics that show Android leads the mobile market with nearly 80%, iOS has 13.2%, Windows Phone 3.7%, and BlackBerry 2.9%. Gartner analyst Bill Menezes states that even new ownership is "not going to address how the company restores itself."

One key asset BlackBerry owns is QNX, the real-time based OS it bought in 2010. QNX is microkernel based, versus the monolithic kernel used by many OS's like Linux. BlackBerry bases its tablet and phone OS's on QNX, which also remains a popular commercial OS for embedded systems.
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RE: Make QNX Open Source
by bassbeast on Thu 29th Aug 2013 20:36 UTC in reply to "Make QNX Open Source"
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No it won't and its for the same reason why MozPhone will be lucky if it breaks low single digits and why UbuntuPhone would have been DOA, and that is because Android is already FOSS and more importantly has the network effect.

At the end of the day if you don't support either Android or Apple apps you are dead meat, most devs simply aren't gonna bother wasting the money porting to a device with a tiny userbase compared to the big two. I'll never forget one of the devs of a popular game (sorry I can't find the link ATM) who was asked why he ported an older version of his game to WinPhone and he simply said "MSFT paid the $$$$$ in porting costs". RIM simply doesn't have the funds to afford to do that and without apps its toast.

There simply is no longer a big selling point for Blackberry, even the PHB corporate managers are all carrying iPhones or high end Android phones, and to get people to switch you have to not just be as good as the other guy but a hell of a lot better and Blackberry simply isn't. Making it FOSS wouldn't change any of that, RIM is toast.

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