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[2]: It's still OSnews
by mlankton on Sun 16th May 2010 15:25 UTC in reply to "RE: It's still OSnews"
mlankton
Member since:
2009-06-11

I see your point, but here is a different view:

Our phones are now handheld computers. I don't want all my computer use done on my phone, but much of it is easier on the phone than on the computer, because I can do it anywhere I am.

If I like operating systems on computer hardware, it stands to reason that I would appreciate a good phone os. I played with Android for a while and thought that it might turn into not just an alternative to the iPhone, but an iPhone killer. Then I got my hands on webOS.

I used OPENSTEP for years, and gave up a lot for the sake of a superior interface. I feel the same way about webOS. It's just better than the other phone operating systems. It's not perfect, but where it's good it's great. I enjoy using it, and again, I am sacrificing much for a superior interface. I hope that HP throws the money at webOS to allow it to become what it deserves to be.

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RE[3]: It's still OSnews
by ricegf on Mon 17th May 2010 11:18 in reply to "RE[2]: It's still OSnews"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

I agree about the elegant webOS UI. I hope HP makes a go of it.

I have the same enthusiasm for Nokia's Maemo. It's just a regular Debian distribution, with a phone app among the usual suspects. I've linked a bluetooth keyboard to my N800, actually, and programmed in Idle exactly as I would on a desktop; I quickly forgot it was a tablet (buggers that the old keyboard wouldn't link to my N900 ;) ).

And I can't help but love a phone that ships with xterm on the default menu. :-D

Maemo 6 is now Meego 1, which will be an rpm distribution. Fortunately I'm not religious in that sense. ;-)

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