I remember that episode. It was only a week ago, I think. Good discussion.
Originally Posted by IcerC
By the way, it's not "boss," it's actually called "BeOS." The company behind it, Be Inc., is now dead and the OS is no longer in development. In fact, Be Inc. was bought out by in 2001 by a little Sunnyvale, CA company called Palm. Yes, Palm owns Be Inc. and BeOS. They dismantled Be Inc. when they bought it though, and BeOS has been officially dead for years. Jean-Louis Gassée, the man who founded Be Inc., served on the board of Palm for a while. There is a community making a BeOS successor from scratch and they are doing a fantastic job, but that's a discussion for another day.
Now, that being said, I think the whole notion of comparing the current smartphone OS wars to the OS wars of the 80s and 90s is kind of a red herring. It's a very different world. Just because Apple was a major player the OS wars doesn't and they are also a major player in the smartphone wars doesn't mean the 2 wars are alike.
As a last point, John Gruber is a very smart guy- I'm a big fan of Daring Fireball. He's very open minded about webOS, and I wish that he'd mention it more. But when he does mention webOS, he's informed and enthusiastic about it.
Andy was on that episode, actually. He said webOS would be great on a tablet/slate and thinks HP will do well with it. He said it could really compete with an iPad. The only negative thing he said about Palm in the episode was that the Pre's hardware was terrible. And I'd have to agree with him there. My Pre has the best OS a smartphone can get, but it's got a small screen, underpowered processor (but we've got overclocking of course), underpowered battery, fragile and weak plastic screen... I'm the kind of person who is willing to use crapppy hardware if I can use a wonderful OS. It's worth it for me- I love webOS too much
Originally Posted by MilenkoD