Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th May 2010 19:23 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes There's one complaint we here at OSNews get thrown in our faces quite often: what's up with the lack of, you know, operating system news on OSNews? Why so much mobile phone news? Why so much talk of H264, HTML5, and Flash? Where's the juicy news on tomorrow's operating systems? Since it's weekend, I might as well explain why things are the way they are. Hint: it has nothing to do with a lack of willingness.
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RE[3]: Thanks Thom
by Bobthearch on Sun 16th May 2010 01:31 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Thanks Thom"
Bobthearch
Member since:
2006-01-27

Heck, I've had the same cell phone for years, and with no plans to spend money on a new fancier one. So all of the iPhone/SmartPhone/Blackberry/WebOS stuff is rather un-involving.

Are there any emulators, simulators, or demos available for non-owners of gadget phones? Just so we can follow along with the news discussions?

I'm always interested in trying new operating systems, but not at the expense of buying a new computer for each one.

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RE[4]: Thanks Thom
by Morgan on Sun 16th May 2010 01:36 in reply to "RE[3]: Thanks Thom"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Are there any emulators, simulators, or demos available for non-owners of gadget phones? Just so we can follow along with the news discussions?


I know you can download a live-CD version of Android that runs on x86 machines (and in VirtualBox, of course). I played with it for a bit and it was...interesting. Check with your favorite OS torrent sources.

Don't bother looking for anything like that for the iPhone OS though; in many ways it is the polar opposite of Android.

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RE[4]: Thanks Thom
by Beachchairs on Sun 16th May 2010 01:47 in reply to "RE[3]: Thanks Thom"
Beachchairs Member since:
2009-04-10

If you download the Blackberry dev tools, you get a Blackberry OS simulator. I don't think it is a 100% full Blackberry OS, and I don't have the tools installed anymore to check.

EDIT: Of course a simulator just won't give you the experience of the actual phone.

Edited 2010-05-16 01:57 UTC

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RE[5]: Thanks Thom
by Bobthearch on Sun 16th May 2010 17:18 in reply to "RE[4]: Thanks Thom"
Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

Thanks for the tip. I may give that a try.

EDIT: Of course a simulator just won't give you the experience of the actual phone.

Hopefully that's true. I sure as heck don't want a monthly bill, and I definitely prefer my full-sized keyboard and 24" widescreen. ;)

Edited 2010-05-16 17:18 UTC

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