Thursday, December 18, 2008

Mobile Phone OS Comparisons to the PC World—Redux

In my post two weeks ago, I matched today’s mobile phone OS with yesteryear’s PC OS. I found another take on it in this post.

Palm OS is the new CP/M, a bit past its prime as a holdover from the last decade.

Windows Mobile is the new DOS, struggling to clone and conquer yesterday's standard.

Apple's OS X is the new Mac, an intelligent rethinking of how things should work.

Linux is the new Amiga, a tinker fantasy that will ultimately go nowhere until it finds a driver.

Symbian is the new Unix: the commercial standard currently powering the majority of mobiles.
We all know what happened to CP/M. It went the way of the dinosaur although many people remember it fondly for its simplicity and low overhead. DOS, too had its proponents again for its simplicity. Amiga won a set of niches and hung on for a long time until the other OSes finally overtook it. Finally, Unix holds sway in academic circles to this day so maybe there’s hope for Symbian after all.


Best regards,
Hall T.

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