5. Open-source alternatives are the choice you need if you care about mobile hardware.
Ableton and Cycling ‘74 software run only on desktop Mac and Windows. Without touching the question of whether desktop Linux makes sense, open source software clearly has the edge on new, emerging, embedded, and mobile platforms. Part of being truly free software is the ability to compile that software anywhere, any time. On the Linux side, that includes platforms like Google’s Android or the upcoming Chrome OS, already running on mobile phones and e-readers, and soon on other devices. But this isn’t just about Linux or free software. Pd and ChucK, among others, already work on the iPhone, and have enabled commercial applications like RjDj and Smule, mobile apps that sell numerous copies and are featured in the windows of Apple Stores around the world. You could see a Max 5 run-time for iPhone, but it’s impossible for commercial development to keep pace with everything out there.
When I contact C74 they told me that they had no plans for an iPhone runtime. Of course, Peter may well have much better contacts there than me, and my main interest was to see if it were possible to get Berna on my iPhone.
I’d love to see a Max runtime for the iPhone, and if RJDJ is anything to go by it would open up even more innovation.
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