Jay the Cardiologist on pay-to-upgrade your pacemaker
QNX is a real-time micro kernel POSIX compliant operating system.
POSIX means that it is easy to port Unix and Linux software to QNX but it is not Unix.
As to this being a very odd choice for a mobile OS I would have to disagree. Frankly I have been wondering why QNX wasn’t in mobile phones for years!
If you take a look at it’s features you will see this could be a great move for Blackberry.
QNX is small. It has been running on realtivly small embeded devices for years. About 10 years ago QNX released a diskette that contained QNX and a browser. You could boot your PC with it and start browsing all off a single floppy!
QNX is reliable. It is super stable and reliable enough to be used in control applications that really can not fail.
QNX is real time. A QNX device should never feel slow or laggy if used correctly.
So Blackberry has picked a fast, small, reliable OS.
Guys, have you already forgotten the email just a couple days ago from the guy at the Naval Postgrad School? Put that together with your story yesterday about the iPad's consumer satisfaction numbers and it's obvious why Blackberry is targeting the BlackPad at it's current users: because going after the mass consumer market would be suicidal. The chink in Apple's armor is enterprise and business users. If you want to sink an arrow into the iPad's tender flesh, do it there. RIM makes a ton of money selling smart phones to this market. If they can sell a second device to each of those users, they'll be making two tons of money.