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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RE[2]: Surprise
by vivainio on Thu 19th Aug 2010 20:10 UTC 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[3]: Surprise
by Fettarme H-Milch on Thu 19th Aug 2010 21:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Surprise"
Fettarme H-Milch Member since:
2010-02-16

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

Yeah, because all mobile developers write kernel modules and totally care about the used kernel because the kernel matters so much to them....

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RE[3]: Surprise
by galvanash on Fri 20th Aug 2010 03:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Surprise"
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

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


No offense, but do you know anything about BB development? RIM uses J2ME with a bit of custom stuff underneath (not much really). Its java. The NATIVE api is java...

The kernel they run is about as relevant to a developer as the color of the case.

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RE[4]: Surprise
by vivainio on Fri 20th Aug 2010 05:08 in reply to "RE[3]: Surprise"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26


The kernel they run is about as relevant to a developer as the color of the case.


I'm not talking just about the kernel (neither QNX or Linux are just about the kernel). You could layer BB API's over a full Linux system. I've said it before, but RIM should have implemented the full proprietary BB stack over the MeeGo core.

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