Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 25th May 2010 21:10 UTC, submitted by asupcb
OSNews, Generic OSes EyeOS has released version 2.0 Beta. "After several months of hard work we're happy to announce the immediate availability of the official release of eyeOS 2.0 Beta. And even more: the new release doesn't come alone but with the brand new eyeOS.org website, which has not ben redesigned for the last 2 years now. eyeOS 2.0 Beta can be downloaded from the new downloads page and tested from a Beta test server in eyeOS.info."
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RE[6]: What is an OS
by Morgan on Thu 27th May 2010 00:29 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: What is an OS"
Morgan
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But the fact that Macs can run any OS (subject to the obvious) and that OS X can run on non-Apple hardware, I think it's a stretch to argue that OS X and the hardware are a single entity regardless of how well Apples flagship OS is built for the hardware.


I tend to agree with this sentiment. Another example would be embedded systems. There are some embedded platforms with the default OS written for that hardware, to the extent that it is difficult to fully port it to a similar platform. Despite being based on a common kernel (Linux, BSD, Mach, whatever) and common userland tools, the physical and logical services can be very platform-specific. This, however, makes it no less of a true operating system than something like GNU/Linux or NetBSD -- both of which are far from being tied to a single platform.

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