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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RE[2]: Make QNX Open Source
by Bobthearch on Thu 29th Aug 2013 14:17 UTC in reply to "RE: Make QNX Open Source"
Bobthearch
Member since:
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[3]: Make QNX Open Source
by jayrulez on Thu 29th Aug 2013 18:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Make QNX Open Source"
jayrulez Member since:
2011-10-17

Neutrino was/is the name of the rewritten kernel.

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RE[4]: Make QNX Open Source
by Bobthearch on Thu 29th Aug 2013 18:52 in reply to "RE[3]: Make QNX Open Source"
Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

Thanks for the correction.

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