Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 31st Jul 2007 15:21 UTC, submitted by Almafeta
OSNews, Generic OSes Fiwix 0.3.3 has been released. "Fiwix is an operating system kernel based on the UNIX architecture and fully focused on being Linux compatible. It is designed and developed mainly for educational purposes, so the kernel code is kept as simple as possible for the benefit of students. It runs on the 32-bit x86 hardware platform, and is compatible with a good base of existing GNU applications."
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Sigh.... yet *another* Unix-ish OS....
by obsidian on Wed 1st Aug 2007 07:37 UTC
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You'd think that there would be enough of them by now.

What would *really* make an impact ould be a public-domain Plan 9 clone. The Unix "ecosystem" has been utterly filled in and done-to-death, whereas the Plan 9 ecosystem has barely been touched - there are still vast open plains there...

Plan 9 is made "by geeks, for geeks" but I'd like to see a clone done "by geeks, for *everyone*". In other words, a much easier-to-use Plan 9 - it seems to require 3-button mice just for the hell of it.

I want to get real work done, not play a #$&%ing sonata on my mouse trying to use the OS.... What *really* matters about Plan 9 is what's "under the hood" - the "plumbing" (iirc, it's actually even called that). It must be possible to keep that, but do the clone for easy use with a 2-button mouse. No-one's going to tell me that a clone like that is impossible... ;-)

Would be good to see such a clone be public-domain too. No bickering and bitching about licenses like the current argument-fest going on with Linux (I do use Linux, but am also running FreeBSD and may go with that permanently if the arg-fest continues.
- obsidian

Edited 2007-08-01 07:46

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