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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Missing the one possibility.
by Yamin on Fri 15th Apr 2011 12:16 UTC
Yamin
Member since:
2006-01-10

Have a screening or approval process for background applications.

Those apps that pass the approval process, can run in the background just like IOS system apps.

Those that don't... can't.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Have a screening or approval process for background applications.

Those apps that pass the approval process, can run in the background just like IOS system apps.

Those that don't... can't.

Such approval processes have a tendency not to scale very well when the platform becomes successful, among other issues (who approves ? based on which criteria ?), so I think that they should only be used in extreme situations...

Edited 2011-04-15 12:37 UTC

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Yamin Member since:
2006-01-10

Apple should do the screening for IOS.
Other companies might create special white lists for different carriers.

There really aren't that many applications that *need* to run in the background. It doesn't need to scale to millions of apps.

The ones that do should have to go through an approval process of some kind. It's not unheard of. MS does this with drivers with their driver certification (WHQL).

This is really the best solution as far as I'm concerned.

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