Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Feb 2013 15:42 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Originally stemming from MeeGo, birthed under Nokia's watch, Sailfish has since gone its own way and is maturing into a mobile platform getting ready for launch. This week at the Mobile World Congress, we tracked down Jolla and Mosconi again, getting the opportunity in the process to check out a live Sailfish demo. We check out how notifications work, look at the Sailfish take on a status bar, and get to see the media player with all its gesture support." By far the most unique and interesting of the alternative mobile platforms. Very fancy.
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RE: Looks nice, one question....
by henderson101 on Thu 28th Feb 2013 16:48 UTC in reply to "Looks nice, one question...."
henderson101
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Nice! Two questions though.
1. Can you really SEE an Operating System?


Yes. Because outside of the XWindows world, most desktop managers are unique to the OS (Windows, Mac OS, QNX Neutrino, OS/2 etc.)

2. Should we call Android, Meego, Sailfish, Tizen and BB10 "mobile Linux distributions" ?


Much like languages,when does a dialect stop and a language start? I'd say - listen to the manufacturer. If they call it a "OS", it's an OS, if they call it a "distro", well...

BB10 is nothing to do with LINUX also, it is based on QNX, which was its own OS long before LINUX grew to be popular.

For me, "Desktop environment" is very much an invention of the LINUX desktop. Before LINUX, I remember using SUNOS on Graphical terminals (1990's), but there was never a big deal made about the Desktop it ran. We had "Windows managers" and that was about it really.

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