Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 14th Jul 2006 04:00 UTC, submitted by Nicola D'Agostino
OSNews, Generic OSes "What is the world's most widely used operating system?" The answer is in an interesting Linux Insider piece about ITRON, 'a Japanese real-time kernel for small-scale embedded systems' that runs on a lot of "mobile phones, digital cameras, CD players and other electronic devices."
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RE[2]: Hmmm
by kaiwai on Fri 14th Jul 2006 10:03 UTC in reply to "RE: Hmmm"
kaiwai
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Not that simple. The TRON project had already started losing credibility in the US because of its failures to meet its AI goals, and Microsoft had already had more than 10 years of growth by '89.

The AI goals were lofty at best; given that Japan has leadership in the consumer electronics market, even if the US were to play the typical role of the nigel no mate, the rest of the world would have been quite happily gone over to using TRON as the default system, and the US using some incompatible thing - just like the US is now with video formats (NTSC), measurement (Imperial), Voltage (110V) and lots of other things.

Besides, the US government intervened several times in that timeframe in favor of the US supercomputer industry, and none of those companies still exist. (Yes, I know, someone is using the Cray name, but CRI is long dead.)

And they still do through rediculous restrictions, pork barrelling under nationalist jingoism's as spouted by the anti-China faction in the US senate.

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