Linked by nfeske on Tue 28th Feb 2012 11:51 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes The just released version 12.02 of the Genode OS Framework takes the first steps to carry out the plan to turn the framework into a general-purpose OS for the daily use by its developers until the end of the year. It features a new ACPI driver, the first bits of a device-driver manager, support for using the fork syscall in GNU programs, and a PDF rendering engine. The most significant point of this release, however, is the way it was conducted. It represents the first version carried out using a completely open development process.
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RE[2]: Good
by Alfman on Tue 28th Feb 2012 21:44 UTC in reply to "RE: Good"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

ebasconp,

"The problem is that turning your hobby OS in something usable (more yet with the current high standards) is a titanic task."

You got that right. For most users, what makes an OS "usable" is the apps. You might have a great functioning kernel + desktop environment, but without the apps it's useless to a great majority of users.

Even windows itself would be useless if it were a hobby os which worked as it does now but had no software for it... The property which makes it useful is the software.

For better or worse, the only way for hobby OSes to get real apps is to run them in a compatibility layer. But implementing another OS's APIs is a significant and thankless commitment. Look at the wine project, they've done a lot of good work, but it's still hit or miss and nearly everyone buying windows software runs it on windows.

The big questions are:
How should a hobby OS dev convince users to run foreign software on a compatibility layer in the new OS?
How should a hobby OS dev convince devs to write/port software to the new OS?

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