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 massysett on Sun 16th May 2010 23:44 UTC in reply to "I approve of this message :-)"
massysett
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The interesting OS times have past. The sh*t now happens in the mobile and web browser areas.


So phones don't run operating systems?

That's what I don't understand about Thom's entire rant. Does think iPhone and Android and Blackberry and iPad devices do not run operating systems? Or does he think that the techniques that mobile devices use to do so much with relatively slow processors and limited RAM is not interesting? Does he think that the way these mobile devices have dumped the WIMP interface that he finds so boring in macwinlinux is not interesting?

Sure there is not much innovation on the desktop. That's because we have settled on something that works and that people understand. There is lots of innovation happening in mobile operating systems. It seems the issue is that Thom does not think these are "real" operating systems.

Thom is stuck in the past. There is nothing wrong with that. I use Unix on my desktop precisely because Unix is ancient. I like awk. But unlike Thom I don't sit around and complain about interesting times being over when the reality is that he is simply ignoring all the interesting things.

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