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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OSNews Is Great
by Mapou on Sat 15th May 2010 21:23 UTC
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I love OSNews because it is informative. If the OS landscape is no longer exciting, it is not the fault of OSNews. Besides, the most exciting thing going on right now is in mobile computing and OSNews is right to cover that segment. The problem is deeper than the lack of new OSes, however. The computer landscape is on the edge of a major transformation, one which will render all current OSes obsolete. The reason is that the industry is about to jump into massive parallelism, something that all current OSes are painfully lousy at.

What is needed is not more OSes but a new software model. Our current Turing-based model simply sucks. It is prone to bugs and was not designed with parallelism in mind. Worst of all is multithreading: it is the work of the devil. The future of parallel computing is non-algorithmic, deterministic, compositional and reactive at the instruction level. Heck, even our processors will need a drastic makeover because they were not designed and optimized for this sort of computing. Once we have the right parallel software model, everybody will build their own OSes, simply by clicking and dragging the desired functionality.

If you are truly interested in the future of computing read Parallel Computing: Why the Future Is Non-Algorithmic. .

Edited 2010-05-15 21:39 UTC

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