Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Aug 2010 16:15 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Fascinating stuff, but not entirely unexpected. As most of you will know, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is working on a tablet dubbed the BlackPad, and according to several sources reporting to Bloomberg, the device will ship with software written by QNs Software Systems, which RIM purchased earlier this year.
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Surprise
by vivainio on Thu 19th Aug 2010 16:19 UTC
vivainio
Member since:
2008-12-26

Well, I didn't see *this* coming.

I'm sure tremendous amounts of crack cocaine were smoked while making the decision, if this is true (which I doubt). Does anyone develop for QNX?

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RE: Surprise
by poundsmack on Thu 19th Aug 2010 16:38 in reply to "Surprise"
poundsmack Member since:
2005-07-13

"Does anyone develop for QNX?" Many people ;) I am one of them.

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RE[2]: Surprise
by bnolsen on Thu 19th Aug 2010 18:34 in reply to "RE: Surprise"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

Pictures or it didn't happen...actually I'm just joking about that. QNX actually has a much better chance in this mobile arena where no one system utterly dominates yet. Of course I have zero clue about QNX, I've always developed on desktop systems and QNX never made it there and wasn't designed for that anyways.

I'd like to see some comparison between QNX, webos and meego for tablet development. neither android nor ipad excite me much from the development side.

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RE: Surprise
by Fettarme H-Milch on Thu 19th Aug 2010 20:00 in reply to "Surprise"
Fettarme H-Milch Member since:
2010-02-16

I'm sure tremendous amounts of crack cocaine were smoked while making the decision

Or rather close minded people just can't comprehend the possibility of porting high level APIs to another kernel as seen for example with Win9x -> NT -> Linux (the latter via Wine).

If RIM makes BlackBerry APIs available on a QNX kernel, developers won't have much trouble adapting.

Nokia is also driving a dual kernel strategy with Qt on both Symbian and Linux (MeeGo).

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RE[2]: Surprise
by vivainio on Thu 19th Aug 2010 20:10 in reply to "RE: Surprise"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

If RIM makes BlackBerry APIs available on a QNX kernel, developers won't have much trouble adapting.


OTOH, if they ported the API's to Linux, they might still have developers come 2013.

It seems like a decision made to rationalize spending that money on QNX (possibly spiced with a desire to retain "proprietary" secret sauce factor in the overall system). Nothing wrong with that, especially if you work in HR instead of engineering.

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RE: Surprise
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 20th Aug 2010 23:14 in reply to "Surprise"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I did at one point. Like Thom said, its really widely used in the embeded/real time markets.

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