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 fernandotcl on Sun 16th May 2010 04:46 UTC
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The fact that we've settled with a few platforms doesn't mean there's no innovation. Quite the contrary, actually. Heck, if you subscribe to any source of news like the LKML, the distro's planets, BSD blogs, etc., you'll have plenty to report on every day, more than ever.

This complaint about lack of inspiration in the OS field is very amateurish. Where are the reviews about interesting new stuff in the OSS world? Things you have broad access to. Let's name some of the most relevant recent technologies: systemd, GCD in FBSD, new filesystems (brtfs and friends), Debian kFreeBSD. Have you reviewed those technologies? Have you actually tested them? Benchmarked? Where's your article about those technologies? Aren't those things the very core of operating systems? Why do you chose to neglect those technologies?

I'm sick of this. All I see in this site is links to Ars Technica or some other tech site about interesting technologies. Like a damn news aggregator. The editorials suck. I find more technical insight in general computing news sites.

There are lengthy articles here. Lengthy articles about computer user interfaces. That's how deep your articles go. Fitt's law. Great. That's exactly what I look for when I type "operating system news" in Google.

The truth is, you as a team make no effort to bring high quality news, investigative articles about new technologies. You make a 5 part article about interface design but you can't make the effort to write a review of a technique that doesn't involve icons and widgets.

Long gone are the days when you installed an operating system and had a completely different experience. Nowadays we don't need to create things from scratch anymore, we can build on and optimize an existing base. All your experience with QNX and BeOS means nothing because reviews of operating system topics don't have anything to do with fancy icons anymore.

You think there are no longer news about operating systems because you don't know what an operating system is.

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