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 Neolander on Thu 28th Feb 2013 23:05 UTC in reply to "Looks nice, one question...."
Neolander
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2010-03-08

I think the answers depend on what you call an operating system. Myself, I accept as an operating system any set of software which offers an interface between raw hardware, end users, and developers.

From this point of view, both the Linux kernel AND Linux distros qualify as OSs in their own right. Because one CAN operate a Linux kernel without any extra software through the standard shell if masochistic enough, whereas distros would be other OSs based on the Linux kernel.

Linux DEs taken separately, however, would not be OSs in their own right, since they require extra runtime support.

Edited 2013-02-28 23:08 UTC

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leech Member since:
2006-01-10

Actually you really can't do anything with just the Kernel. Sure you could have busybox, which provides a shell, but you still have GNU libraries, which is why the hardcore people always refer to distributions as GNU/Linux, because you really can't do much with out the libraries/software outside of just the kernel. Granted Android doesn't use the GNU part all that much, which is why Android is just a different Linux based distribution, but very dissimilar to other Linux Distributions.

For the record, I use "Just Linux" with a shell all the time, and it's awesome.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Actually you really can't do anything with just the Kernel. Sure you could have busybox, which provides a shell


If you were using busybox on top of the kernel then busybox would be considered the userland, ergo it would qualify as a bare-bones OS. It wouldn't be just the kernel any longer, though.

but you still have GNU libraries, which is why the hardcore people always refer to distributions as GNU/Linux


No, there are replacements for most of these libraries. Considering your hypothetical busybox+Linux-kernel one could use e.g. uClibc instead of the standard libc, thereby avoiding the use of GNU-libraries. Using GNU is not a hard requirement for a Linux-distro.

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