From Palm-Sized PCs to Open-Source OS Communities

By: Laura McQuarrie - Oct 29, 2015
These operating system innovations push the limits of what we know to be possible of computers, tablets and smartphone devices.

While many small software updates are made free to users, Apple's OSX Mavericks and Microsoft's Windows 8 update were both launched around the same time, making it possible for users to download completely new and improved OS at no cost. Rather than having users commit to choosing one type of system over another when purchasing a device, the MagicStick is a computer that allows users to run Windows 10 and Android Lollipop. These kinds of user-friendly choices allow flexibility and freedom within device usage.

Aiming to build collaboration between developers and incite innovation, HP recently announced the OpenSwitch software program as an open-source operating system and community. Now that many phones are operated on open-source programs, this is becoming an important alternative for consumers who seek alternatives to commercially developed and packaged programs.