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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RE[3]: Comment by mtzmtulivu
by ricegf on Sun 16th May 2010 11:49 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by mtzmtulivu"
ricegf
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"UNIX ... was not designed with multitasking in mind at all"

Not sure where you heard this (or maybe the message is getting garbled in transit?). Unix was the unexpected offspring of Multics - both were essentially *mainframe* operating systems that were built from the ground up to not only multitask, but also to handle multiple users as well.

Unix (via its second cousin Linux) scaled down from the big iron to servers, desktops, phones, embedded devices and watches; Windows scaled up from the microcomputer to servers, picking up multitasking (but still not good multi-user) along the way. (Mac OS/X is Unix with a proprietary shell; it could probably scale, too, if Apple let it out of its ivory tower.)

The rest of your rant is pretty much in sync with my 33 years experience, though. (Gads, where did the time go!?!)

Writing a new OS is harder than you think - Gnu Hurd has been in development for 20 years now, and they still don't have a beta release. And that's with backing from a major organization, FSF, where the kernel is a pretty visible initiative.

But please don't let that discourage you. Linus Torvolds was a hobbyist once, too, but I hear his little project - "nothing big and professional like gnu" - has done OK. Yours can, too!

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