Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Mar 2011 22:48 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless All hail the omnipresent people familiar with the matter.This time, these patrons of the internet have told InformationWeek that Motorola is not satisfied with Google's Android, and that the company is working on its own mobile operating system.
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What exactly do we mean by "a new OS"?
by axilmar on Thu 24th Mar 2011 11:47 UTC
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What exactly do we mean by "a new OS"?

Do we mean a new kernel?

A new user interface running on top of an existing kernel, e.g. Linux?

The cost of developing a new kernel + drivers + APIs + user interface is enormous. More than 1000 man years (100 people working for 10 years).

I really don't see their logic. If they want to compete, just grab a stock kernel suitable for phones and concentrate on the userland applications.

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rom508 Member since:

OS complexity and development times are subjective. If you are only trying to support one platform with limited number of hardware interfaces, then writing a small set of new drivers is not such a huge task.

The problem with free software is you can't differentiate yourself from countless other copy-cats. And if you put a significant amount of development into free software, others will eat your lunch for free.

Sometimes the best way to evolve software is to develop something totally new from scratch, plus you have complete control over your creation.

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axilmar Member since:

Motorola can differentiate themselves on the userland.

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