I noticed that KaiOS devices being third in usage and quite popular in India have very limited support.

Would this site consider becoming more general to micro computing or potentially at minimum adding a Kaios tag?

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    Well, the address would be awfully long: retrocomputing-microcomputing.stackexchange.com. Jun 21, 2021 at 2:34
  • I was thinking retro-microcomputing but anyways the moderators said no so I think the likelihood is slim.
    – William
    Jun 21, 2021 at 13:21
  • If it doesn't require a raised-floor air-conditioned room, it's not a computer I'm interested in from the point of view of "retrocomputing" :-) Jun 23, 2021 at 22:41

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KaiOS is a proprietary fork of Firefox OS, which is fairly modern; certainly more modern than what's currently on-topic. KaiOS is on-topic on other sites (I believe Super User), but it's not a Retrocomputing platform. If we make microcomputing on-topic, then basically everything is on-topic.

  • I tried and the question was shut down. superuser.com/questions/1657965/…
    – William
    Jun 21, 2021 at 13:00
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    @William Hmm. That's a shame; we don't have a site for KaiOS questions. But this is definitely not the right one to try to make include it! Have you tried a KaiOS forum?
    – wizzwizz4 Mod
    Jun 21, 2021 at 13:03
  • Reddit is the best I have found so far.
    – William
    Jun 21, 2021 at 13:03
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    @William You could try proposing a site on Area 51, but I don't think that has much of a chance.
    – wizzwizz4 Mod
    Jun 21, 2021 at 13:04

I don’t think so. As much as I usually support broadening the site’s scope somewhat, I think this would be too much of a stretch.

For the kinds of devices this site usually focuses on, they tend to be relatively simple, target power users/‘prosumers’ and have an architecture that, if not fully open, then is at least common knowledge and ‘easy to keep in your head’ to one extent or another. Just a little knowledge of assembly language and electronics can get you quite far with those devices.

From afar, KaiOS looks like a very different kind of platform: though based on the open-source Linux and Firefox, it is considerably more opaque and high-level (being based on Web technologies), with many more moving parts. It’s much more like Android than the Commodore 64.

I think it would take a very different kind of audience with different skills and mindset to answer questions in this area, and it would not much overlap with the site’s audience of today.

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    We accept questions about retro-micro-computers and their software. We don't accept questions about computers and software that are not retro-, regardless of whether they are micro- or otherwise. Jul 4, 2021 at 16:13

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