Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Fri 15th Apr 2011 10:24 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Ever since iPhoneOS (now iOS) has been released, there's an old fight going on about how multitasking should work on personal computers, and more specially what should happen to applications which are put in the background. Some advocate that they should be dipped in virtual liquid nitrogen and stop doing anything, like on iOS, which others advocate that they should continue to run in the background, like on desktop OSs. What about putting a little more flexibility in there?
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RE: Comment by olafg
by Neolander on Fri 15th Apr 2011 11:15 UTC in reply to "Comment by olafg"
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Actually multitasking cause a drop in productivity

For the user, doing several things at once can indeed have this effect.

However, we are talking about what the machine, not its user, is doing. There's a difference. As an example, most mobile OSs feature a way to play a game while you're downloading a big mail attachment in the background. How are such background processes which do not directly interact with the user until their completion reducing its productivity, if handled right ?

But... iOS does actually multitask, and the app writer can make it run in the background. You cannot make openGL calls while runnning in the background, but that is a reasonable restriction.

This isn't what I've read :

Edited 2011-04-15 11:23 UTC

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