Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th May 2010 19:23 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes There's one complaint we here at OSNews get thrown in our faces quite often: what's up with the lack of, you know, operating system news on OSNews? Why so much mobile phone news? Why so much talk of H264, HTML5, and Flash? Where's the juicy news on tomorrow's operating systems? Since it's weekend, I might as well explain why things are the way they are. Hint: it has nothing to do with a lack of willingness.
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by mtzmtulivu on Sat 15th May 2010 19:50 UTC
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I was in college a few years ago and a professor once asked how many students were taking a compiler class and no hand was raised. He then went on commenting about the removal of compiler class in core CS curriculum and how the operating system class was on its way out too.

A few months later, i went to a university nearby and i looked at their CS curriculum and operating system was not a required class!!! ..students are graduating with CS degrees without knowing anything about the fundamentals of operating systems and computer languages.

There is no point in teaching OS in undergrad when preferred languages are OS agnostic like java and C# ..only Phd students these days have the time and resources to look into complicated file systems or internals of the modern OS.

The operating system space is a matured space and the world seem to be settling in to the three systems(Macwinilux), nothing new is coming on this front.

Desktop environments have also hit a wall with no where else to go unless they come up with a 3D desktop. The only new addition in recent years is glassy interfaces and wobby windows

What is the future of the general purpose OS?

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