Posted Dec 15, 2011 16:29 UTC (Thu) by wookey
In reply to: WebOS reborn?
Parent article: WebOS reborn?
Personally I think that the Linux desktop folks, the ones that are not willing to jump ship for Android as far as Linux-based OSes are concerned for mobile devices, will be best served by just making a mobile suite of applications for handling phone calls and whatnot for Gnome and/or KDE.
There is already the freesmartphone stack. Which is in Debian and used in at least some Neo distributions. It seems fairly sensibly architected and does actually work, with apps/UI optimised for small phone screens. Is that the sort of thing you had in mind?
The think I've found odd in all this (apart from Nokia screwing it up so spectacularly) is that no-one seems to be making stuff to run Android apps on a linux base. Naively it seems that this shouldn't be too hard: it's basically Java on Linux with some syscalls for power management changed about and different classes and erm, a few other things like strange paths. But it feels like a shim environment sjhouldn't be beyond the wit of man and suddenly being able to run thousands of 'apps' on your linux phone (as well as 'proper software') ought to be a really useful thing.
Is there actually some reason why this is really difficult, or do just not many people care?
to post comments)