Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th Sep 2009 23:15 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Microsoft It seems like Microsoft Research is really busy these days with research operating systems. We had Singularity, a microkernel operating system written in managed code, and late last week we were acquainted with Barrelfish, a "multikernel" system which treats a multicore system as a network of independent cores, using ideas from distributed systems. Now, we have a third contestant, and it's called Helios.
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Thom, I'm not so sure
by Johnny on Tue 29th Sep 2009 02:20 UTC
Johnny
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2009-08-15

Thom,
I would say that Helios does sound like a cool OS. But I have some concerns that I'm hoping folks can answer for me:


Applications. Applications is the killer, because the best operating system in the world won't succeed in the market place without some killer application(s). What applications can run on Helios?


If it were say an open source Unix based operating system I think that it would be checkmate with a huge volume of open source software ready to go. You could do something like Debian with all applications precompiled and a package manager that automatically handles the dependency issues. Or you could do something like the BSDs, with the ports collections.


What if the OS is a) not Unix like and b) Proprietary, how do you quickly ramp up developer interest to make developers write code for Helios? What's the incentive if you're not sure it's going to be around 5 years from now with a large enough market share to be profitable for proprietary software?

Availability. How hard is it to get access to Helios to evaluate the environment? I know it's early, but even betaware is worth looking at if it sort of works on some hardware out there.

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