Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 12th Aug 2007 20:23 UTC
QNX A few years ago, I was an avid QNX user. I used the non-commercial desktop version of this wonderfully clean and elegant pure-microkernel operating system for a long period of time, as a desktop operating system. I liked the whole style of this operating system, its Photon user interface, and its excellent package management system. I even wrote a three-page article about it. Sadly, QSS, the company behind QNX, lost all interest in the non-commercial desktop version, and ditched it, leaving only a hard-to-find 30-day evaluation version alive. Community interest dwindled, and so did mine. Despite my lost interest, it saddened me today to learn that QNXZone.com, a community portal for QNX, has been shut down. Read on for a few short thoughts.
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Hard to find & Cost to QSS
by iphitus on Mon 13th Aug 2007 12:05 UTC
iphitus
Member since:
2006-03-27

"Hard to find" 30 day trial happens to be clearly visible on the homepage...

As for not costing QSS a dime, releasing a free version of QNX would cost QSS a fortune.

First they need to pay staff to prepare it for release, and then release it. Staff that could otherwise be working on profit making activities. after the release, they'd have to pay for bandwidth, and im sure there' be quite a flutter. I don't know the details of QSS's financials, but they're probably not in a position to afford these profitless extras.

With no financial benefit, there's no real reason for them to release a desktop version. They're a business, not a charity, regardless of nostalgic desires.

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Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

Right, but the thing is that the free desktop version was all about free advertising and creating value in the product.

Lots of people here like playing with OSs, and we also work at jobs. Sometimes we even get to make decisions, or the stuff we play around with gets noticed by other people. That's viral word of mouth advertising, and mind share. ONX is fighting against embedded Linux, and it would help them if more people knew that they have a proven and stable POSIX compliant OS.

The value part comes into play when there are people in the job market who are familiar with the OS, and there is enough of a community to make software and drivers for it.

Bottom line is that the desktop provided exposure for the company and their product which would translate into brand recognition.

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