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 OSbunny
by _QJ_ on Fri 15th Apr 2011 13:47 UTC in reply to "Comment by OSbunny"
_QJ_
Member since:
2009-03-12

Yes the old debate is entering the tablets and smartphones now.

Since theses devices are becoming more and more powerful.

Whatever we thing, they will one day be as powerful than our today's PC. And one other day they will surpass them.

And how they will schedule the tasks running on them has to be debated.

Just one thing to add, scheduling is a complex matter and on open-source OS (That I know) like FreeBSD (See KSE Project) and Linux, it has almost introduced a "war".

And I guess with Neolander when he wrote: -"...scheduling is defined as the art of choosing what should be done...".

Yes it is practically Art. :-))

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RE[2]: Comment by OSbunny
by Neolander on Fri 15th Apr 2011 14:16 in reply to "RE: Comment by OSbunny"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

And how they will schedule the tasks running on them has to be debated.

As I said, I think that even the desktop can benefit from a more subtle approach to multitasking with at least some notions of foreground and background tasks.

Laptops could last longer if they managed tasks in a power efficient way.

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RE[2]: Comment by OSbunny
by BluenoseJake on Fri 15th Apr 2011 14:17 in reply to "RE: Comment by OSbunny"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Whatever we thing, they will one day be as powerful than our today's PC. And one other day they will surpass them.


You do realize that PCs will also continue to grow more powerful, and without the size and power constraints of mobile devices, they will continue to be more powerful than the equivalent mobile device. Will they pass today's PCs? Sure, will they pass the PCs of the future? I doubt it.

The laws of physics almost guarantee it.

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