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]: Qnx Android
by Morgan on Thu 19th Aug 2010 22:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Qnx Android"
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

You really don't like QNX, do you? I'm genuinely curious, did you have a bad experience with it in the past? Do you hate someone who works/worked for them? Do you have a strange aversion to lesser-used consonants like Q and X?

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RE[3]: Qnx Android
by vivainio on Fri 20th Aug 2010 05:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Qnx Android"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

You really don't like QNX, do you? I'm genuinely curious, did you have a bad experience with it in the past?


It's a proprietary operating system that overlaps completely with several open alternatives (Linux, BSD). I don't see a reason to "hate" it anymore than I see reason to hate OS/2, but I don't see a reason to boost it either.

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RE[4]: Qnx Android
by galvanash on Fri 20th Aug 2010 06:48 in reply to "RE[3]: Qnx Android"
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

Granted I haven't touched it in years, but you used to be able to fit QNX4 plus the photon GUI with a nearly complete user space into about 3MB... And photon was nearly as good as a full XWindows stack (better in some ways). It was rigidly developed with modularity in mind, and proved to be extremely flexible as an embeded OS.

But most importantly (and this is why I think RIM bought it) it was capable of hard/soft realtime operation. That imo is a very valuable property for a smart phone if exploited properly.

Anyway, my point is while there is some overlap, it most certainly isn't complete, and QNX brings some things to the table that Linux/BSD simple don't.

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