Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Feb 2009 22:33 UTC
Windows Windows Mobile is a relic of the past. Especially compared to Apple's iPhone operating system, it becomes painfully obvious just how outdated, clunky, and unfriendly Windows Mobile has become. Today, Mictosoft has taken its first step in modernising the platform by releasing a sort of alpha release of Windows Mobile 6.5, with a completely revamped interface.
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RE: touch phones
by AnXa on Wed 18th Feb 2009 15:26 UTC in reply to "touch phones"
AnXa
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2008-02-10

First of all there is no OS called Mac OS X. It's just a brand/distripution name for Darwin BSD which is fork of Next Step which in turn was 386-BSD fork.

"iPhone OS" uses Darwin BSD with UI built on top of set of APIs which can be found from the full distribution of "Mac OS X".

BSD's are easy to get embed in small devices and are widely used in consumer electronics. So I'd say it's bit unfair to say that Windows CE is "true" embed os and Darwin BSD isn't. Besides how do you define "true embed os"???

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RE[2]: touch phones
by helf on Wed 18th Feb 2009 17:46 in reply to "RE: touch phones"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

No, I'm pretty sure it is an "OS". Its kernel might be Darwin, but the rest of the userland is its own beast.

That is like claiming Windows XP isn't an OS, it is just a distribution of Windows NT.

Semantics are fun.

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RE[3]: touch phones
by sbergman27 on Wed 18th Feb 2009 18:08 in reply to "RE[2]: touch phones"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

No, I'm pretty sure it is an "OS". Its kernel might be Darwin, but the rest of the userland is its own beast.

I've noticed that the definition of "Operating System" has changed over the years. Back when I was in college, in the 1980s, the definition of OS that we used was what we would now call a kernel. Core libraries were considered kind of "in the middle". Nowadays, it seems like the web browser and standard text editor count.

Edited 2009-02-18 18:11 UTC

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