Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 16th Sep 2006 18:39 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes There is at least one project that aims to build an Ajax OS from the ground up: Atomic OS. It has a ROM and a Kernel and build itself up much like a real operating system on real hardware. The only difference is that everything is written in Javascript.
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RE: Not an OS
by Treza on Mon 18th Sep 2006 07:31 UTC in reply to "Not an OS"
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2006-01-11

Of course, it is not a real operating system, it is only a draft, but I don't think that the idea of transforming a web browser into an universal tool a mad or useless idea.
It follows the tradition of Lisp Machines and Smalltalk where the underlying OS is completely abstracted out, as well as the hardware is hidden behind a virtual
machine, here the virtual machine is inside a web browser. If a program is complete enough to do everything that an OS can do, it is, for the user, an OS. You can imagine that you run a Mac emulator full screen on your windows box. The user will assume that the computer is running MacOS even if it does not actually control the hardware.
Maybe the main problem is that Javascript is not -so far- a proper language for OS development.

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