Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Sep 2017 21:27 UTC

I have become the unofficial standard bearer for webOS, the operating system created by Palm for the Pre and its successive devices. It was a wildly innovative and smart foundation for a smartphone done in by performance problems, mediocre hardware, and most of all by US carriers who acted as kingmakers for other companies.

So as the bearer of a thoroughly-tattered banner, I’ve been hearing a lot of people ask what I thought about the iPhone X and how it borrows many of the ideas first introduced by Palm. Here’s what I think: it’s great, and also it’s silly compare the state of tech in 2017 with the state of tech in 2009. Just because Palm did some stuff first doesn’t take away from Apple is doing them now. Context matters, and our context today is very different.

WebOS had some great ideas, but on a technical level, the operating system was a mess. It was a major battery hog, slow, and basically nothing more than a tech demo made in WebKit on top of a largely unmodified Linux kernel, running on mediocre hardware. WebOS wasn't a product worthy of the Palm name.

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Meego & Sailfish too maybe?
by dark scizor on Mon 18th Sep 2017 12:52 UTC
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Didn't the Meego/Sailfish UI employ gestures too?

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RE: Meego & Sailfish too maybe?
by Kancept on Mon 18th Sep 2017 15:47 in reply to "Meego & Sailfish too maybe?"
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Yeah, I have Sailfish on my Nexus 4 and it's all gesture based. I really like it and hope it takes off, but I really doubt it. I'm keeping it in my OS pile, though. I still run a few WebOS devices, a LuneOS device, and a Sailfish device. Fun to mess with non-Android and iOS systems. I'm going to use SailfishOS to learn QT.

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Too many gestures and not enough visible controls can make the UI difficult to discover. I think that's the problem with gesture-based systems. If you have too many and they're not obvious, you end up with a CLI-like situation where you have to rtfm to understand the UI. I think Apple's starting to go down this route, unfortunately. Users don't want to rtfm. This is what Apple used to understand. If the user has to read a manual to figure out the basic operation of your system, you've already failed.

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