Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Apr 2012 12:02 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless RIM has announced it's going to remove the PlayBook's ability to sideload applications. The company claims it's to prevent the piracy problems in the "chaotic cesspool of Android Market". However, the company provided no evidence, studies, or whatever to back up their claims. Considering the state of RIM's business, I'd say the company has bigger fish to fry, but alas. At this point, I'm just hoping they don't do a BeOS, but open the QNX code before they go belly-up.
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Athlander
Member since:
2008-03-10

He means that BeOS didn't open the code for their OS, and that he hopes RIM don't do the same with QNX - that is, that RIM open sources the code for QNX before they, too, fall into oblivion. In other words, that RIM doesn't "do a BeOS" - that is, keep the code for no discernable reason.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Oh, there was a discernible reason for not opening BeOS source code when BeOS went under: They sold it to Palm. The BeOS stockholders probably appreciated some partial return of their assets, after they missed out on the mother load that would have been the apple acquisition. I can blame palm/Access for doing nothing with it since their purchase. They should open source it.

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Athlander Member since:
2008-03-10

I stand corrected - it seems Cobalt's multimedia and graphic framework was derived from BeOS, so I guess there was a reason not to open source it.

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earksiinni Member since:
2009-03-27

The problem is that right now it reads as if to "do a BeOS" involves opening up the source code, and Thom is hoping that they therefore don't open up the code. The "don't" is ambiguous and can be seen to be modifying "do" and "open".

A more clear version would be: "At this point, I'm just hoping that they don't do a BeOS and that they open the QNX code before going belly-up." (Changed the end because three "they"'s would be too much.)

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