Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Jun 2012 22:09 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless If you're a Palm fan, you might want to look away - or not. Chris Ziegler has written a fantastic article on the short rise and eventual demise of webOS, and with it, Palm. I'm generally not a fan of companies, but I have my exceptions - and Palm is one of them. Correction - Palm was one of them.
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what was wrong with webOS??
by kovacm on Thu 7th Jun 2012 04:03 UTC
kovacm
Member since:
2010-12-16

I read article and I am confused: what was wrong with new OS for Palm (Prima)?

"Mercer's stuff was garbage," one source bluntly told us. "All he had was a nice demo, but nothing really worked," said another. "The software team was getting close to mutiny. It was untenable to build what we wanted to build." Simple tasks like centering text on the screen required five lines of code. ...


It wasn't looking good. Just months into Elevation Partners' investment, morale in Palm's engineering corps was already flagging. Executives had sold them on a change-the-world mentality and Duarte had delivered the blueprint for a revolutionary user interface, but Mercer's operating system had few believers beyond the small group of engineers (around four, we're told) that he directly controlled.


ok, so what exactly Prima was?

I see that Prima was major problem in Palm but I can not figure out what part of OS Prima was... ?? or it was complete OS?

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RE: what was wrong with webOS??
by Xeron on Thu 7th Jun 2012 08:36 in reply to "what was wrong with webOS??"
Xeron Member since:
2012-03-08

As far as I can tell, Prima was a Java based user interface layer on top of the Linux kernel.

(Just like Luna is a webkit based interface layer on top of the linux kernel, that replaced Prima).

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RE: what was wrong with webOS??
by phoenix on Fri 8th Jun 2012 18:48 in reply to "what was wrong with webOS??"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Prima was the UI/app framework on top of the Linux kernel, written in Java. Basically, it was analogous to Android's Dalvik framwork.

WebOS 1.x shipped with Prima on the device, but not accessible to normal application.

WebOS 2.x removed all traces of Prima. In theory, 2.x should have been smaller in size, so an upgrade from 1.x to 2.x should have given you a good chunk of extra storage.

WebOS 3.x shipped with Enyo, an upgraded UI/application framework.

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kovacm Member since:
2010-12-16

thanx phoenix for clarification!

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