Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Sep 2012 16:56 UTC, submitted by Andy McLaughlin
OSNews, Generic OSes "Visopsys (VISual OPerating SYStem) is an alternative operating system for PC-compatible computers, developed almost exclusively by one person, Andy McLaughlin, since its inception in 1997. Andy is a 30-something programmer from Canada, who, via Boston and San Jose ended up in London, UK, where he spends much of his spare time developing Visopsys. We had the great fortune to catch up with Andy via email and ask him questions about Visopsys, why he started the project in the first place, and where is it going in the future."
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Pretty interesting.
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 18th Sep 2012 00:02 UTC
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I've played around with Visopsys a few times before, and I figured... why not give it another try, see if there's been a new release since I last tried it. There has been. Problem is, every single time I attempt to run it in VirtualBox the entire (host) machine crashes. First time, the screen just locked up. Then, two or three times after, the whole system crashed and rebooted. I found that this problem still occurs even with the older release (0.69), which I have successfully run before (though I'm not sure if it was in VirtualBox or even in a virtual machine at all). OS? openSUSE 12.2 with VirtualBox 4.1.18_OSE, so pretty damn recent.

I wish there was a better virtualization program for Linux... VirtualBox seems too damn buggy and causes nothing but problems. Over the years, it still is a pain in the ass.

Update: Damn. I burned both versions of Visopsys to a CD-RW, and neither one would boot on my hardware. Error initializing. But at least it ended more gracefully than VirtualBox, giving me the option to press a key to reboot the system.

Edited 2012-09-18 00:15 UTC

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