Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 29th Aug 2013 03:50 UTC
QNX According to a Computerworld article, BlackBerry is exploring putting itself up for sale, as the company falls into 4th place in the mobile market. IDC statistics that show Android leads the mobile market with nearly 80%, iOS has 13.2%, Windows Phone 3.7%, and BlackBerry 2.9%. Gartner analyst Bill Menezes states that even new ownership is "not going to address how the company restores itself."

One key asset BlackBerry owns is QNX, the real-time based OS it bought in 2010. QNX is microkernel based, versus the monolithic kernel used by many OS's like Linux. BlackBerry bases its tablet and phone OS's on QNX, which also remains a popular commercial OS for embedded systems.
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Make QNX Open Source
by lucas0 on Thu 29th Aug 2013 06:21 UTC
lucas0
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2012-04-20

They should make QNX Open Source like Qt is.
It would get more adopted and they could still sell support and a proprietary version.

Qt is a great example that you can make good money with this strategy and increase the number of users of your product.

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RE: Make QNX Open Source
by smoerk on Thu 29th Aug 2013 06:35 in reply to "Make QNX Open Source"
smoerk Member since:
2009-07-10

They should make QNX Open Source like Qt is.


I doubt it will be open sourced, but that would be really cool!

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RE: Make QNX Open Source
by benali72 on Thu 29th Aug 2013 08:03 in reply to "Make QNX Open Source"
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2008-05-03

I believe that parts of QNX were open source when BB bought it in 2010. BB promptly un-open sourced it.

Maybe now that their company is going down, they'll reconsider open sourcing it all.

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RE: Make QNX Open Source
by REM2000 on Thu 29th Aug 2013 08:46 in reply to "Make QNX Open Source"
REM2000 Member since:
2006-07-25

i agree it would be cool but i don't think there is a problem with QNX selling as it's still being used in embedded system like medical systems etc...

I don't think it's been open sourced before i might be wrong, i think the only thing they did was to release the OS free of charge for you to play on, on a single floppy, it was amazing!

http://www.qnx.com/solutions/industries/medical/

Edited 2013-08-29 08:46 UTC

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RE[2]: Make QNX Open Source
by jayrulez on Thu 29th Aug 2013 13:30 in reply to "RE: Make QNX Open Source"
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2011-10-17

It was open source at one point. I have the code from SVN around that time archived.

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RE[2]: Make QNX Open Source
by Bobthearch on Thu 29th Aug 2013 14:17 in reply to "RE: Make QNX Open Source"
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2006-01-27

I don't think it's been open sourced before i might be wrong, i think the only thing they did was to release the OS free of charge for you to play on, on a single floppy, it was amazing!


I don't recall it being open source either, not the entire OS anyway. I do remember free releases of QNX-Neutrino (Neutrino was the name of the desktop environment) though. Not only were they full ISO-based desktop installs, but there was also a separate ISO of third-part software that had been ported to QNX.

It all ran very well on a Pentium 3. One thing I remember specifically, that QNX could properly detect and utilize my dial-up PCI modem while various Linux distros could not.

I installed and ran QNX for years on a dual-boot computer, and still have all of those discs from the different free versions. Checking the stash of CDs, it appears that 6.21 may have been the final free version, or at least the last that I downloaded. Then it changed owners or something, and was locked up as a commercial product.

Edited 2013-08-29 14:20 UTC

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RE: Make QNX Open Source
by bassbeast on Thu 29th Aug 2013 20:36 in reply to "Make QNX Open Source"
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2007-11-11

No it won't and its for the same reason why MozPhone will be lucky if it breaks low single digits and why UbuntuPhone would have been DOA, and that is because Android is already FOSS and more importantly has the network effect.

At the end of the day if you don't support either Android or Apple apps you are dead meat, most devs simply aren't gonna bother wasting the money porting to a device with a tiny userbase compared to the big two. I'll never forget one of the devs of a popular game (sorry I can't find the link ATM) who was asked why he ported an older version of his game to WinPhone and he simply said "MSFT paid the $$$$$ in porting costs". RIM simply doesn't have the funds to afford to do that and without apps its toast.

There simply is no longer a big selling point for Blackberry, even the PHB corporate managers are all carrying iPhones or high end Android phones, and to get people to switch you have to not just be as good as the other guy but a hell of a lot better and Blackberry simply isn't. Making it FOSS wouldn't change any of that, RIM is toast.

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RE[2]: Make QNX Open Source
by zima on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 13:42 in reply to "RE: Make QNX Open Source"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Additionally, open sourcing didn't help Symbian at all; nobody adopted it.

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