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[6]: Surprise
by vivainio on Fri 20th Aug 2010 12:10 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Surprise"
vivainio
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2008-12-26


If they isn't your goal with this whole use Linux thing, what is exactly? Is it just that you like the way Meego looks?


They could cut their RND expenses and just take the platform as is - refocusing their corporate spending on differentiation, management bonuses or whatever may strike their fancy.

Going with QNX, they are paying for everything by themselves.

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RE[7]: Surprise
by Morty on Fri 20th Aug 2010 19:36 in reply to "RE[6]: Surprise"
Morty Member since:
2005-07-06

They could cut their RND expenses and just take the platform as is

What platform? Meego is far from production ready as a tablet platform, a Linux/Plasma solution is even further off. Even a Android based solution require quite a lot of RND to get out the door as a competitive tablet platform, as is why the tide of Android tablet has not hit the market yet.


Going with QNX, they are paying for everything by themselves.

Since QNX are more than self sustained and generates income, a large part of the RND gets paid by QNX customers. And a good part of any improvements and continued development of QNX will also be beneficially in QNXs current market segments, both for existing and potentially new customers.

And it's not like they are starting from scratch, QNX has already been in various types of equipment with touch based GUIs. In the end their RND expenses should not become too bad, compared to the RND requirements of bringing any of the Linux based solutions to a shipping standard. Adding factors like time to market and the potential for increased income for their QNX product, the decision makes quite a lot of sense.

Edited 2010-08-20 19:39 UTC

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RE[7]: Surprise
by Fettarme H-Milch on Sun 22nd Aug 2010 15:08 in reply to "RE[6]: Surprise"
Fettarme H-Milch Member since:
2010-02-16

Interesting how you twist your own words in retrospect in a desperate attempt to keep your argument (which was based on the alleged consumption of crack cocaine within RIM) valid.
First you claimed that RIM should use Linux to keep developers and after your argument has been debunked you now say that RIM should switch to Linux to cut their R&D costs....

I think with your "expertise" you should apply for the job of RIM boss. Judging from your comments the company would likely bankrupt within a year...

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RE[8]: Surprise
by vivainio on Sun 22nd Aug 2010 17:21 in reply to "RE[7]: Surprise"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26


I think with your "expertise" you should apply for the job of RIM boss. Judging from your comments the company would likely bankrupt within a year...


Possibly, esp. since I know nothing of running a company. What seems idiocy on first sight may make total business sense.

I've changed my opinion on the QNX tablet, even. It may be the right move for RIM, business-wise, even if it doesn't make sense when you look at the technology as-such.

But let's see the tablet come to market first. It would be the worst of all worlds - proprietary like iPad, but without applications.

Edited 2010-08-22 17:21 UTC

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