Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Apr 2013 22:44 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Almost exactly three years ago, I wrote about why OSNews was no longer OSNews: the alternative operating system scene had died, and OSNews, too, had to go with the times and move towards reporting on a new wave of operating systems - mobile, and all the repercussions that the explosion of smartphones and tablets have caused. Still, I was wondering something today: why aren't we seeing alternative operating systems on mobile?
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Hardware
by Vanders on Mon 15th Apr 2013 22:57 UTC
Vanders
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2005-07-06

There's no standard hardware to target, for a start. Even if you can identify certain platforms that might qualify as "standard" they're either locked down, or don't have specifications or open drivers for various bits of their hardware. Where they do, the hardware is usually very specialised with no room to try different things: for example most mobile video hardware expects the OS to interface to it as some form of OpenGL ES. On top of that, a large part of a phones function is radio and managing the radio interface is hard, and boring.

The effort to reward ratio simply isn't there.

Edited 2013-04-15 23:09 UTC

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RE: Hardware
by twitterfire on Tue 16th Apr 2013 09:07 in reply to "Hardware"
twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11

The only approach that worth and doesn't waste so much time and resource is to use the linux kernel and reuse android drivers.

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v RE[2]: Hardware
by TempleOS on Tue 16th Apr 2013 09:13 in reply to "RE: Hardware"
RE: Hardware
by dsmogor on Tue 16th Apr 2013 10:10 in reply to "Hardware"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

I'd add lack of standard Bios and resulting ease that device can be accidentally damaged through OS experimentation. That extends to both developers and potential users.

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