Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 13th Dec 2007 00:30 UTC, submitted by M-Saunders
OSNews, Generic OSes Written entirely in x86 assembly language, MikeOS is designed as a learning tool for assembler and basic OS design. New features in 1.1 include a Mac OS X build script and various improvements to the Handbook, which explains how it works and how to make your own first OS.
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by patrick_ on Thu 13th Dec 2007 01:51 UTC
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Sweet! I remember seeing this a while back, but forgot about it. I'll have to try it out. Both the handbook and OS itself look well put together.

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Learning touls
by Almafeta on Thu 13th Dec 2007 02:21 UTC
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Unfortunately, being written in assembly puts it a touch beyond my skills... the only assembly I've ever touched was writing a tiny bootloader, and then I ran fast and far away.

But the handbook is absolutely Good Stuff.

Edit: Learning 'touls'? And I can't edit the title? Guess I could use a little more learning myself...

Edited 2007-12-13 02:22 UTC

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by Tuishimi on Thu 13th Dec 2007 02:50 UTC
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...something named after me, and a perfect fit as well, a "simple tool."


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by mallard on Thu 13th Dec 2007 09:09 UTC
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OK, why is it that when I click on the screenshots on that site, Firefox opens them in IE, rather than viewing them itself?

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RE: Wierd
by M-Saunders on Thu 13th Dec 2007 10:15 UTC in reply to "Wierd"
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Wow, that is strange! Thanks for pointing it out. I've changed the screenshots to PNGs, and BerliOS seems to send them back normally.

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great project
by explosiv0SX on Thu 13th Dec 2007 14:17 UTC
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Keep up the great work! This is an excellent project and a great way to wade into the waters of the inner workings of the PC and base OS services.

My only criticism is the fact that you're focusing on 16-bit. I understand your reasoning -- writing a keyboard driver and working with VM hardware is tedious at best -- protected-mode development is important. Perhaps a future MikeOS-32 is project in order to give interested parties a next-step.

With all the bad OS'es and OS paradigms in our lives, I believe this art must be kept alive. Who knows, you may be seeding the builder of a great future OS with this product.

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RE: great project
by M-Saunders on Thu 13th Dec 2007 14:47 UTC in reply to "great project"
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Thanks for the feedback. Yes, I've chewed over the idea of protected mode many times in my head, but losing the BIOS would add so much clutter to the code.

Right now, I see MikeOS as a first stepping stone to OS development: you get a handle on what's required, and what goes on at the bare-metal level, preparing you for a proper 32-bit protected mode OS.

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RE[2]: great project
by dbolgheroni on Thu 13th Dec 2007 17:39 UTC in reply to "RE: great project"
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For those who are really starting in this area, staying in 16-bit is a good choice IMO. I think 32-bit would be nice, but only as a different project.

As always, keep up the good work!

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One happy geek
by spungo on Fri 14th Dec 2007 14:08 UTC
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This is a highly interesting project -- an impressive piece of work. I particularly like the quality of the accompanying documentation on the site. My hearty thanks, Mike -- you've obviously put a lot of hard work into this. On behalf of geek-kind -- cheers, mate!!!

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>> 32-bit would be nice
by W__W on Fri 14th Dec 2007 20:38 UTC
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There are 32-bit and 64-bit asm OSes:


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