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Yami
Posted on 12-17-16 04:47 PM Link | #80392
10 years ago, the Smartphone market was pretty much only Windows Mobile, Symbian, and BlackBerry.
Once the iPhone came out, we've got lots of different OSs popping up, including the already established ones, as well as Android, iOS, MeeGo, LiMo, etc.

10 years later, we've got 6 mobile OSs to choose from.
However, they all suck, honestly.

First we have iOS, an OS from Apple.
It's based off macOS, it's limited as fuck, the FBI already attempted to get backdoors into it, and surprise! Now it has, sort of!

Then we have Android, an OS from Google.
It's based off Linux, it's very open, but you know how Google is, right?
Privacy violations at every possible occasions, half working and untested code, and Material Design is just sickening, yet they try to push it as hard as possible.

Then we have Windows 10, an OS from Microsoft.
It's based off Windows NT, and it's pretty much like Android, but worse.
In addition to all the negativity from Android, Windows 10 is quite limited, it's filled with backdoors, and no developer even gives a shit about it.
Also, lots of Apps are not native, thanks to the fact you need to use Visual Studio 2015, which literally is so heavy, it even installs itself on multiple partitions, if your HDD or SSD is almost full.

Then we have Ubuntu Touch, an OS from Canonical.
It's based off Ubuntu, and while it's not that bad in terms of features and privacy, Ubuntu is still known for having lots of bloat and scriptkiddie software.
Plus, most Apps are made with HTML5, so no native code runs on it.
Plus, you might guess how every App looks like, rating the current web trends, right...?

Then we have Tizen and Sailfish, both are based off Linux, but I never really had a chance to try them out, so I won't criticise them for now.

There's also Plasma Mobile, which is basically Kubuntu (KDE) for phones.
I was mostly positive about that one, but the project doesn't seem to move since its announcement 2 years ago.

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So, why can't mobile OSs be like desktop OSs?

I mean, on the desktop, if you dislike Windows and macOS, there are still thousands of Linux distributions out there, and there is one for everyone.
If you want to get even further, then OSs like *BSD, *DOS (yes, especially FreeDOS is still a thing today!), ReactOS, BeOS, Mike OS, etc. exist, adding even more options.

SGC
Posted on 12-17-16 04:55 PM Link | #80393
You bring up some good points.
All of the Mobile OSes, are boring, and aren't really too useful either, to say that least.

I just want a Mobile OS based off something like Linux Mint.

Sadly it seems like it'll be a long time before something like that will happen, though.
But when it does, the wait will be worth it, I suppose.

It even sadder how 3 of the options are from the big companies, so it's really half, and half.

I want a Mobile OS that can do a lot of the same things, I can do on a Desktop, without any of the bullshit.

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