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Magnagarde

Jan 23, 2014, 5:07 PM
I know Qualcomm manufactures mobile hardware but not necessarily phones. I wonder if Qualcomm will do anything with those patents towards reviving Palm? It's very unlikely but it would be really cool to see another competing OS.
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gfondeur

Jan 23, 2014, 6:41 PM
For real you want to see another one?
You can't be serious, we have 5 main ones, 3 in the pipes coming to marker soon, and one dozen of android folks,
And you want one another one?

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johnhr2

Jan 23, 2014, 6:56 PM
In the spirit of Linux WE CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH!!!!

Personally, I would like to see Windows phone,Blackberry, Firefox, and Ubuntu phone pick up some more market share just to put pressure on Apple and Google.

If web-OS resurface great, after using Linux for a while I've learned even though we have a million different Distros there is a handful of main ones (Debian, Fedora, Arch, Slackware, Ubuntu, Linux Mint) and people fork one of these (or one of their many forks of forks) either for philisophical reasons, company reason (GooBuntu comes to mind), or just because among hundreds of other reasons.

The point I was trying to make is there will always be the main popular OS's, that we hope never comes down to just one, that will be a...
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quinnsdaddy11

Jan 24, 2014, 9:48 AM
The reason Linux has never "taken off" and would not even in phone form. Is not everyone has the technical know how to fix their phones/computers if there is not a good customer support department to help them out. Where Android is doing things right is they have great companies like Motorola, Samsung and LG make their phones and learn their operating system, and then give them great tools and training to help out the average mom and pop who run into issues with their phone. Linux has always been supported by forums and youtube videos it is totally not user friendly.
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johnhr2

Jan 24, 2014, 10:01 AM
I completely agree Linux will not take off in the consumer market without a company(ies) willing to take the burden of that overhead, like Steam and possible the OEM will probably have to for SteamOS.
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gfondeur

Jan 24, 2014, 1:41 PM
Amen to that,
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Zpike

Jan 25, 2014, 1:02 AM
You guys do realize that Android is Linux right? And thus, that Linux has already taken off in the mobile world, right?
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johnhr2

Jan 27, 2014, 12:08 PM
Yes I do realize this, and Chromebooks are Linux to and they seem to be taking off nicely. If it uses the Linux kernel its Linux in my book but then theres people who say that its not Linux because its not compatible with any Linux applications.
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Zpike

Jan 27, 2014, 3:12 PM
>>then theres people who say that its not Linux because its not compatible with any Linux applications.

Or rather that it's difficult to run Linux apps. But one user on stackoverflow summed it up well when he said,
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"In general, no. Android apps generally run in a sandboxed Java-like virtual machine, so have to be written in Java or some language that compiles to virtual-machine bytecode that use the Android API.

However, the virtual machine does run on top of the underlying Linux OS, and there are ways to call native code. See http://developer.android.com/sdk/ndk/1.6_r1/i ndex.html

So, while it is technically possible to run native Linux programs, as...
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Yama Gama

Jan 23, 2014, 9:05 PM
I'm pretty sure they'd mostly be interested in some obscure portion of the patents, possibly some kind of processor modification/design that palm was using/developing.
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Magnagarde

Jan 23, 2014, 10:06 PM
Yeah, I think so as well. But the rebirth of an extinct OS would be cool although it's not going to happen.
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