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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RE: The hardest part
by Laurence on Tue 18th Sep 2012 08:03 UTC in reply to "The hardest part"
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That's a great idea in theory, but wouldn't it push kernels into a more hybrid or even -dare I say it- micro kernel design?

Without wanting to get into a debate about micro vs monolithic kernels; if a unified driver format meant constraints on the design then I could see a lot of potential advocates turning their back on said driver format. Particularly those who have a monolithic kernel (Linux being the biggest loss).

I guess, even if the above supposition was correct (and there's a very good chance I'm talking complete BS here lol), then at least a unified format could offer "fall back" drivers for occasions when optimised / native kernel drivers are not available (much like the aforementioned VESA mode - which is invaluable for setting up servers)

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