Stop the Presses! RIM Buys own OS Kernel

RIM Buys QNX to Tie Phones to Cars | News & Opinion |

Seriously, a real operating system. This is their first.

As a (Unix-like real-time) microkernel-based OS, QNX is based on the idea of running most of the OS in the form of a number of small tasks, known as servers. This differs from the more traditional monolithic kernel, in which the operating system is a single very large program composed of a huge number of “parts” with special abilities. In the case of QNX, the use of a microkernel allows users (developers) to turn off any functionality they do not require without having to change the OS itself; instead, those servers are simply not run.

…which is more than can be said for the BlackBerry “OS”.

Source: Wikipedia