Linked by David Adams on Mon 4th Oct 2010 19:32 UTC, submitted by Idefix
OSNews, Generic OSes Once upon a time, operating systems used to matter a lot; they defined what a computer could and couldn't do... Today, there's only one operating system: Unix (okay, there are two, but we'll get to that). This is why I contend that the OS doesn't matter - or that we need to take another look at the word's content, at what we mean when we say 'Operating System'.
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RE: JLG is right - To A Degree
by BlueofRainbow on Mon 4th Oct 2010 21:48 UTC in reply to "JLG is right"
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It depends entirely on the perspective.

As a media consumer-user, the underlying OS to the applications means nothing. Beyond the original activation/configuration and the features/security updates, the only visible layer is that of the applications.

As a social networking butterfly, as long as browsing and Java applets are kept constrained for security of my machine/network, the underlying OS is also secondary.

As a thought experiment, one could imagine the same applications we like today being run on DOS - if the graphical drivers and file systems support existed to enable a similar and secure user experience. On the other hand, the complexity of achieving this would be fully enthrusted to the application developers - a point alluded by JLG in reference to the APIs and development tools.

The suggested return to the root UNIX (whether via QNX, OS X, or even its distant half-cousin Windows) when a speciality OS can no longer leap through its legacy to enhance the user experience is what disturbs me. This severely limits the freshness or wow factor of the applications created. Retrofiting the use of metadata to organize the bits of information on a drive and the web over a hierachical folder structure leads to inconsistencies in the intent and use.....often with frustrations from the users.

I simply wished a new foundation could be established which would lead to a higher consistency and simplification.

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