Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Mon 14th Mar 2011 08:32 UTC, submitted by Dirge
OSNews, Generic OSes "Right now, someone, somewhere is developing the killer operating system feature of the future - a feature that will change computing and make us wonder how we lived without it. However, the person responsible probably isn't grafting away in the labs of Microsoft, Apple or Red Hat - he or she is more likely to be working in a bedroom or loft. [...] We'll look at the best alternative operating systems, with the potential to change the computing landscape over the next decade."
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Research OSs
by torbenm on Mon 14th Mar 2011 15:55 UTC
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The list basically ignores research OSs, while focusing mainly on projects trying to reverse-engineer decades-old operating systems (Unix variants, Windows, BeOS and the Amiga OS). As such, it should have mentioned also Open RISC OS, which is in a similar category. Inferno seems to be the only example looking forwards rather than backwards.

But there are lots of research operating systems that are more future-oriented. These, for example, use various forms of code verification to formally guarantee safety (rather than just rewriting a few library routines while still using unverified code in an inherently unsafe programming language), use functional programming from kernel-level and up, use message passing without shared memory to ensure both safety and distribution or seamlessly integrate GPGPUs and CPUs to share a workload.

Such are more likely to form the basis of tomorrows OS than those in the list.

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