Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Dec 2011 16:24 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless And another case of the internet apparently wielding more influence than it seems to. To much dismay, Samsung announced last week that several of its popular smartphones, most notably the Samsung Galaxy S, would not be getting an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. The internet backlash was palpable, and today, word on the street is that Samsung is reconsidering its position.
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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Neolander on Tue 27th Dec 2011 23:29 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
Neolander
Member since:
2010-03-08

Windows XP is the keyword here. We are talking about running the latest version of a computer's OS. And Windows 7 would run very badly with only 512 MB.

OS bloat existed before mobile devices. The only apparent reason why we start to care now is that in the mobile world, old OS support seemingly sucks bigtime, to the point where one would have to upgrade the whole OS in order to fix a few glitches and exploits here and there. Kind of like if Microsoft forced you to upgrade a WinXP install to Windows 7 in order to fix some random WMF vulnerability.

Edited 2011-12-27 23:38 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Alfman on Wed 28th Dec 2011 01:19 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
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2011-01-28

Neolander,

Ideally, the OS would be designed to be little more than an extremely fast, lightweight & transparent API. Everything else should be an application running on top, including the primary launcher/shell. This way one could always update to the latest secure kernel without also updating the heavy UI components which perform poorly on older hardware.

Unfortunately ms and apple are both extremely guilty of setting a terrible precedent with regards to bundling the UI & kernel.

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by Neolander on Wed 28th Dec 2011 08:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Neolander,

Ideally, the OS would be designed to be little more than an extremely fast, lightweight & transparent API. Everything else should be an application running on top, including the primary launcher/shell. This way one could always update to the latest secure kernel without also updating the heavy UI components which perform poorly on older hardware.

Unfortunately ms and apple are both extremely guilty of setting a terrible precedent with regards to bundling the UI & kernel.

I have some trouble understanding what you call an OS here.

If you are saying that kernels should be lightweight, and that everything else should be an independent, easily replaceable application, then I agree.

If you are saying that an operating system, as a complete and ready to use product that is distributed as such, should feature as little API and applications as possible, to the point of leaving the job of designing the user interface to third parties, then I somewhat disagree. It's good to have a standard bundled package, although everything should be easily replaceable.

To say it otherwise : I understand the need for a modern desktop OS to feature a web browser, but I can't accept Microsoft's tendency to shoehorn IE everywhere in Windows so that replacing or removing it becomes impossible.

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