Linked by Kaj de Vos on Tue 8th Jun 2010 22:07 UTC
Syllable, AtheOS

The Syllable project is pleased to announce that the reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated, and that the new version 0.4 of Syllable Server has been released. This release focuses on maturing existing functionality, improving security, ongoing system restructuring, and making the system a suitable base for third-party package managers. Although the project admits it hasn't brought its unicorn factory online yet, extensive work was done on the nitty-gritty, so the full change log is quite long.

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RE[7]: Cool, I guess...
by Neolander on Wed 9th Jun 2010 14:32 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Cool, I guess..."
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Creating a new desktop OS is fiendishly hard work and it's all the harder to try and support all of the devices you'll need to support. Syllable Server shows a great way forward: Just slide the Linux kernel in underneath. Yeah it's got all kinds of problems, but if you're really interested in building a nice desktop OS the kernel is the last thing you should be worrying about.

Questionable. Compare Haiku with modern linux distros in terms of performance and API coherence. Linux has never been made for desktop use, and you can feel that in almost all low-level components of a desktop Linux system...

Plus the components of a desktop Linux system are too much tied together. Try to code a X replacement that does not work like X and is compatible with Nvidia's driver, as an example : I wish you good luck.

Despite all of the effort the *nix desktop is stillborn even today. Most Linux distributions are 99% the same and share all kinds of problems. I think that there might be a welcoming user base if a Linux-based system that is radically different were introduced. Look at android: The Linux kernel plus stacks of stuff that make it what it is. Who cares about the kernel? Not desktop users! Just build all of your nice things on top of Linux, get stability and hardware support for free, take the FOSS desktop world by storm.

Such a thing does exist, it's called Pardus Linux and I use it at home. It's a very stable Linux distro with excellent hardware support, an acceptable repository, flawless KDE4 integration, and basically almost everything a desktop Linux user could wish for, combined with some unique tools where the standard Linux tools fail to meet basic desktop user's needs. However, the storm still remains to be seen...

Edited 2010-06-09 14:43 UTC

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