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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RE: Hmm.
by bassbeast on Tue 16th Apr 2013 09:17 UTC in reply to "Hmm."
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besides that the whole premise is riddled with holes. The "moving target" of X86...WHA? What moving target? Hardware in X86land is so dang bog standard it ain't even funny, in fact its gotten smaller than ever now that Nvidia was cut off by Intel.

As for why no explosion of mobile OSes...because the networks are owned by corporate, duh! With a PC there is a lot of jobs you can do you don't need Internet at all and the Internet is really treated like dumb pipes for the most part. Mobile not only are you talking about something that is severely bandwidth constrained thanks to limited spectrum but you also have corporate trying to wring as many pennies out of it as possible. If you could put just any OS on there what is to keep you from tethering? What is gonna make you pay the carrier to un-cripple your phone?

There is too much money to be made and too few carriers to make alternative OSes in mobile viable, they just won't allow it. Now tablets? I could see that, you can bypass the carriers completely with those, but phones? Not gonna happen, my guess is it'll be Apple and Google with MSFT so far behind as to not be above margin for error on most charts.

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RE[2]: Hmm.
by ricegf on Tue 16th Apr 2013 09:38 in reply to "RE: Hmm."
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Interesting perspective. Do you think T-Mobile's new "everything" plans will change this? Our family now has 4 phones with unlimited voice, data, texts, and tethering for about $120 a month. Though I suspect they would object if a hobbyist OS accidentally blasted a few TB through our local tower...

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