Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Dec 2013 00:23 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

RIM grew into one of the world's most valuable tech companies. The BlackBerry became the indispensable accessory of business executives, heads of state, and Hollywood celebrities - until iPhone and Android came along and spoiled the party. Today the company, which has been renamed, simply, BlackBerry, is burning through cash as sales keep falling. On Nov. 21, BlackBerry shares closed at just above $6, the lowest it's been in almost 15 years.

Over the last two months, Bloomberg Businessweek spoke to dozens of current and former BlackBerry employees, vendors, and associates. Here is their account of the thrill of BlackBerry's ascension - and the heartache of watching its demise.

Aside from of course the personal tragedies that may arise from a possible complete BlackBerry collapse, I have little to no connection to the company or its products.

Except for one product.

I hope they release it as open source before it's too late.

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RE: There is still chance
by linux-lover on Fri 6th Dec 2013 17:43 UTC in reply to "There is still chance"
linux-lover
Member since:
2011-04-25

The reason Thom wants QNX open sourced is not to help BB's chance of survival. He wants QNX to exist after BB dies.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

And how will open source exactly save it?

Unless it is a project with momentum it won't happen.

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tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

It may not help "save" it, but it would certainly help "preserve" it.

If BlackBerry had been smart about it, they would have open sourced QNX from the get go as to leverage the possibility of contributions from 3rd parties which they did not have to pay a salary to. But that's just pure speculation from my part, because there is also the possibility that the QNX code includes enough patented material that open sourcing it would have been either impossible or prohibitively expensive (in relation to the expected revenue savings).

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Desiderantes Member since:
2012-04-14

The Hurd guys would be more than happy to adopt QNX

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RE[2]: There is still chance
by anda_skoa on Sat 7th Dec 2013 12:42 in reply to "RE: There is still chance"
anda_skoa Member since:
2005-07-07

The reason Thom wants QNX open sourced is not to help BB's chance of survival. He wants QNX to exist after BB dies.


Sure, but QNX is not in any danger independent of BB's well fare.

First, it is a separate, fully self contained, business unit.
It is not merged with BB or replaced parts of BB.

Second, QNX is one of the big players in the embedded space, especially areas which require certifcation (e.g. medical) or the real-time and self-healing capabilities (e.g. automotive).

Assuming the worst fate for BB, it going bankrupt, QNX will just be sold again. Remember that this has already happened twice, without any negative impact on QNX or its products

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RE[2]: There is still chance
by zima on Sun 8th Dec 2013 07:10 in reply to "RE: There is still chance"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

The reason Thom wants QNX open sourced is not to help BB's chance of survival. He wants QNX to exist after BB dies.

Does Symbian really exist now? (you do remember you can grab Symbian source code, right?)

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