Motorola Atrix With Android/Linux Available

The world’s most powerful smartphone is available now for the price of a subscription to service. That will sell like hotcakes. It will be head-to-head competition for iPhone. In Canada, Atrix is slightly less expensive than the iPhone.

see Atrix $130 for 3 years or $600 outright (dock is extra).

see iPhone 4 $160 for 3 years or $660 outright.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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8 Responses to Motorola Atrix With Android/Linux Available

  1. Various UNIces, DEC VMS, mainframe OSes, etc. were around. I used VMS in the 1980s. It was very smooth and never gave any trouble at all.

    M$ hired folks who had worked on VMS to build NT. VMS was around at the start of M$. M$ could have used VMS if they had DEC as a partner back then. Instead they had so little knowledge of computing that they pushed DOS, a pathetic imitation of an OS. Now RAM and the instruction set were issues but those were all solvable problems. Many of the UNIces could run in low RAM because they started on PDP11s. M$ was involved with porting UNIX to x86, Xenix, but quit when it got involved with IBM. Then they killed OS/2. It was a comedy of errors which still lives.

  2. Ray says:

    “It is truly amazing that M$ managed to corner the market with such a crude OS as DOS86 when true multi-tasking OS were available. ”

    Like what?

  3. In the old days of IT, folks actually had “stand-alone” programmes that included everything needed to run the hardware and software. They were very inefficient as people were always re-inventing the wheel. Then there were “monitors”, a programme that ran the hardware, servicing interrupts and filling buffers and such. They were a great advance because you had an API and standard way of dealing with the hardware without having to do anything about the details, but they were still crude in that you basically could only run one application at a time. Then real operating systems came along with standards, multi-tasking, prioritizing and managing resources and all that. It is truly amazing that M$ managed to corner the market with such a crude OS as DOS86 when true multi-tasking OS were available. The fragility of the Lose ‘9x stuff was mostly due to the feeble attemtps to add layers to DOS to make up for what it lacked. The NT stuff was far superior but they still put more energy into making it look good instead of being good. Force of habit, I suppose…

  4. Richard Chapman says:

    Remove the Linux that “isn’t there” and what do you have?

  5. I think it covers all the bases:

    highly portable,
    good performance at a fine price,
    good battery life, and
    has a real keyboard.

    Also, it runs Linux. Almost any multi-tasking OS could do the job but when you want something small and cheap and fast, Linux is about the best there is.

  6. oldman says:

    Nice Phone Pog.

    Too bad its not Linux;-)

  7. Perhaps it’s a trademark…

  8. Richard Chapman says:

    Does Steve Jobs have a patent on the color white?

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