Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Aug 2009 22:45 UTC, submitted by Mirko
OSNews, Generic OSes "Newmium is currently developing iXRIOS, a high-speed, multi-processor, multi-operative, real-time operating system based on the workstation-server model. Users log on to a specific machine on which their operatives execute by default. They can request remote execution of their operatives via automatic and transparent load balancing of operatives and processors. Coupled with transparent load balancing, the iXRIOS system is loading only required services and drivers. iXRIOS is going to be restricted to commercial USA corporations. All government and non-profits are excluded from the program."
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Apparent Media Blitz
by zlynx on Fri 28th Aug 2009 23:46 UTC
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2005-07-20

This "Newmium" place has apparently decided to blast everyone with PR releases in the last couple of months. I don't see anything earlier than July with a Google search.

Their products page seems pretty sparse too. Lots of great sounding stuff but almost all of it unreleased.

The line about no government or non-profits sounds really odd. How would they enforce it? Anyone can have a "company" or form a LLC, or buy their very own shell corp.

Maybe they just meant to exclude special deals.

The first thing I thought when I read that was "Oh, they want people with lots of money and not enough time to disassemble and read their code and evaluate it for security problems."

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Blowing smoke
by Lengsel on Sat 29th Aug 2009 00:16 UTC
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2006-04-19

Although this could just be advertisements of wishful thinking by Newmium, I say OpenBSD has all that and more, and for load balancing just write your rules for PF to look after all that. So I would be willing to put money on iXRIOS not being able to match up.

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RE: Blowing smoke
by yerenkow on Sat 29th Aug 2009 07:37 UTC in reply to "Blowing smoke"
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2009-06-11

You've got it wrong, they promise load-balancing of processes and "operatives" amongst many machines, and not load-balancing of internet channels or whatever.

If they make this system would be curios to test it.

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RE: Blowing smoke
by Lennie on Sat 29th Aug 2009 07:53 UTC in reply to "Blowing smoke"
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2007-09-22

The loadbalancing they talk about is the processes that are running remotely I guess. Maybe PF could direct you to a remote-system, but I have some doubt about it handling the load on a machine.

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Security
by marcp on Sat 29th Aug 2009 01:40 UTC
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2007-11-23

What a silly thing to release [?].
How the hell should any reasonably thinking human being trust anything, that is totally closed-source, pretends to be the "most secure" one, but - in the same time - starts with this "security through obscurity" model and hides everything from *the most demanding and security-conscious* user base, which is non-profit, OSS, and wise individuals/hackers, who likes to tinker with things ... ?
To me it sounds like another "give us all your money and you'll get that warm, fuzzy feeling of being secure" thing.
Well, security is not a product, but a process in a first place. You won't get it just by buying X or Y.

Edited 2009-08-29 01:43 UTC

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Seriously...
by kungfooguru on Sat 29th Aug 2009 21:45 UTC
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2006-11-01

I'm sorry... But were you really not able to tell this is complete BS? Only worth reporting as a joke.

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RE: Seriously...
by Morgan on Sun 30th Aug 2009 03:37 UTC in reply to "Seriously..."
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2005-06-29

The entire website appears to be written by either a simpleton or a child. Also, I think the "no government, no non-profit" is to keep out the very groups that would expose it for the fraud it seems to be.

Besides, government agencies that would potentially benefit from such a secure and robust platform already roll their own; NSA's SELinux immediately springs to mind.

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Reminded me of Penny Arcade
by Mark Williamson on Sat 29th Aug 2009 22:15 UTC
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2005-07-06

The press release somehow reminded me of this comic (FWIW, swearing and drugs references, which may offend some - nevertheless it's pretty funny IMO)
http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/01/22/
The comic is a reference to the legendary Phantom games console, which proved to be exactly that: a phantom.

The thing that tickled my memory of this particular comic was the press release hurling about jargon like Jackson Pollack in a paint factory.

The technology they seem to be describing actually sounds pretty cool, except that they don't tell us much about it. Process migration across machines (which it sounds like they're claiming as a feature) is cool stuff and is Hard to make work properly.

Pertinent questions for them to answer might be:

* Is this based on an existing OS, or is it new from the ground up?
* Will it support any existing apps or is it a new platform?
* What's it going to be used for? Specialist scientific, enterprise or database apps? General usage? I find the idea that they've written a general purpose OS somewhat unlikely but I can *just about* imagine there being a specialist niche for them if they target it right.
* When will they tell us more!?

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Plan 9 Anyone
by dekernel on Sun 30th Aug 2009 00:03 UTC
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2005-07-07

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plan_9_from_Bell_Labs

Kinda sounds like this "company" just re-badged Plan 9 to me.

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RE: Plan 9 Anyone
by sbergman27 on Sun 30th Aug 2009 00:08 UTC in reply to "Plan 9 Anyone"
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2005-07-24

Kinda sounds like this "company" just re-badged Plan 9 to me.

From the front page of their site:

"Extensive R&D and synergistic relationships with designers, developers, vendors and industry leaders allows Newmium's products and services to unlock previously inaccessible price and performance potentials."

It seems that in addition to Display, Processor, and Storage server protocols, they've added MarketSpeak over 9P to Plan 9 as well. Nice to see they're contributing back. ;-)

Edited 2009-08-30 00:10 UTC

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RE[2]: Plan 9 Anyone
by tobyv on Sun 30th Aug 2009 05:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Plan 9 Anyone"
tobyv Member since:
2008-08-25

Pity they didn't contribute some Marketspeak to Plan 9 back in the early 90's :-(

Could have been a player..

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fairly limited
by ideasman42 on Sun 30th Aug 2009 13:53 UTC
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2007-07-20

From looking at the site, it seems when you use their OS you get.
* custom languages
* custom parser generator
* some notepad type app
* a web browser
* all security focused

...Ok, so it cant run powerpoint ;) , I get that its not the purpose, but it sounds even say a C/C++ compiler on this OS isn't supported.

On one hand its interesting they make something totally new with security in mind. (rather then yet another slightly different kernel with gnu/bsd userland).
But who would use this?... My impression is that even banks and other high security businesses need something that runs existing applications where there are admins that can manage it.

Who knows, maybe it only has to be able to run a limited set of tasks with high level of security.

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"The New Millenium Extreme Secure OS"
by pdkrocul on Sun 30th Aug 2009 14:07 UTC
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2006-09-25

That's nine years late.

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

That's nine years late.

Ah, but the millennium is young! Plenty more time to sell snake oil products using the millennium change as a marketing gimmick.

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

Hmmm, looks like they misspelled "Xtreme."

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lol...
by helf on Sun 30th Aug 2009 23:14 UTC
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2005-07-06

This is great.

"Newmium's Super Optimizing - Super Compiler was designed and developed to support multiple architectures - 32/64/128-bit processors."

SUPER COMPILER! HO!

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RE: lol...
by StephenBeDoper on Mon 31st Aug 2009 02:28 UTC in reply to "lol..."
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2005-07-06

"Newmium's Super Optimizing - Super Compiler was designed and developed to support multiple architectures - 32/64/128-bit processors."


OMG what about 256 and 512-bit CPUs? And no support for quantum computers?!?!?

Seriously, this is starting to sound less like an OS and more like a scam designed to sucker in clueless CTOs (and any other folks impressed by technical-sounding buzzwords). I truly feel sorry for any IT / server admins who have this thing foisted on them by mandate-from-on-high.

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Comment by fresch
by fresch on Mon 31st Aug 2009 07:42 UTC
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2006-09-12

Jeeez, April either gets here very early, or very late.

Aside from the questionability, why is this on PAGE 2?! Isn't this OSnews.com?! You know, news about operating systems?!

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LOL
by viton on Mon 31st Aug 2009 11:35 UTC
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2005-08-09

Sounds like a typical MLM company FUD.
"Our *product* is the best thing ever imagined by a human being."

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proprietary hardware
by viton on Mon 31st Aug 2009 11:54 UTC
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2005-08-09

Wow, they have their own CPU series

http://www.newmium.com/cgi-bin/pagebot.cgi?Action=PageGet&Page=prod...

The description is basically a bunch of tech buzz words stitched together into schizophrenic delusions.

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RE: proprietary hardware
by strcpy on Mon 31st Aug 2009 13:24 UTC in reply to "proprietary hardware"
strcpy Member since:
2009-05-20

Sure, but also putting the word "proprietary" to a title often leads to schizophrenic delusions.

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RE[2]: proprietary hardware
by viton on Mon 31st Aug 2009 15:02 UTC in reply to "RE: proprietary hardware"
viton Member since:
2005-08-09

did you mean my comment? =)

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Mandriva logo
by LordChaos on Mon 31st Aug 2009 13:42 UTC
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2005-08-11

They even copied the Mandriva logo ?

http://www.newmium.com/

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