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Dan Dodge Explains The QNX Neutrino OS

The official BlackBerry blog interviewed Dan Dodge the co-founder and CEO of the company about the OS that will power the BlackBerry PlayBook. Dodge says that if he had to sum up the OS in one word it would be architecture. He also states that “when you look at the qualities that have made QNX Neutrino so successful — reliability, scalability, performance, portability — they are all a natural product of its microkernel architecture. These qualities are baked into the very core of the OS”. One of the things that is cool about the OS is the fact that it is already being used in many electronic operation such as cars, TV broadcasting, chances are at some point you may have already used without even knowing.

To read the full interview go to the original article at this LINK

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  1. Dodge really demonstrates that the PlayBook wasn’t just put together. They’ve been working with RIM for about a year, so although the merger took place in the spring, they had been working together before that point. Dodge also said they’ve been working with Adobe for quite sometime integrating full flash support into the QNX OS. Knowing how complex it is to develop a well-optimized kernel and device driver code, I can attest to QNX’s expertise in this area. They are experts — been doing this for years!

    This all makes sense why we heard rumours of flash on a BlackBerry OS when others were bailing saying no to flash (Apple), but those that did say yes to flash now have to figure out how QNX did it so well.

    I guess that is also why people thought the BlackBerry tablet would probably run Android apps… that’s because it probably can with its full POSIX support. It wasn’t that RIM was considering going Android for the tablet at all! Guys, face it. RIM has a very, very bright future with the QNX developers behind their BlackBerry OS… now part of the RIM team.

    Welcome, Mr. Dodge and QNX team! We can do great things together!

  2. To those naysayers at PC World, Engadget, and others: you haven’t really got a good appreciation of this amazing feat because you haven’t looked carefully enough at what RIM has accomplished in the PlayBook. Bringing these two companies together at this point in time is nothing short of genius!

    As Mikey said in the announcement with Dan Dodge, you just can’t develop such an OS in a short space in time with built-in security, symmetric multiprocessing & multi-threading, and full POSIX compliance. This is one freak’n operating system that is wickedly scalable because it is inherently based on a tight microkernel core.

    iOS is a stuffed animal compared to this, although it does have potential because of its Darwin roots. Android may be based on Linux but it’s still far from perfect. To properly support future portable handheld devices, the core Android OS needs a lot of work.

    I’m sure Apple is putting their developers to work to try to reverse what they did with iOS, but they have some work to do. Darwin is also based on a Mach 3 microkernel, is POSIX compliant, and also features symmetric multiprocessing capabilities; however, the simularities with QNX ends here. QNX is a genuine real-time operating system (RTOS) designed to handle mission critical applications — meaning no delays can be tolerated; i.e., goodbye to spinning clocks and hour glasses! QNX is blazing fast. QNX is hardened to the core. QNX is bullet proof because it is tightly written; i.e., developers have less code to maintain — less stuff to go wrong.

    So, where does that put RIM? Ahead of the pack! What’s missing? Apps & developer support. How are they addressing this deficiency? WebWorks… and an exciting new tablet. The game is on!

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