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[5]: The hardest part
by zima on Tue 18th Sep 2012 18:07 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: The hardest part"
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I only posted that in response to the BIOS comment. I don't consider UEFI firmware a great substitute for a software driver standard

It was mostly just half-joking continuation of "That's what the BIOS does. Welcome to 16-bit mode" post just above ...though UEFI did have also that goal in mind, IIRC. And which, as I said, didn't really work out - and you pointed out some possible issues with the UEFI approach.

Problem is, perhaps that's one of the very few ways of achieving such total plug'n'play? The others would be a) drawing on the work of existing standard bodies (but I have some doubts if Haiku, Syllable or Visopsys support, say, even USB video class) b) drawing on the work done for the big boys (what NDISwrapper does, and ReactOS has a goal of using all standard Windows drivers IIRC; I believe there's also notable BSDs <-> Linux cross-pollination, extending also to Haiku and such).
Either way, it would force more idiosyncrasies of dominant OS onto independent ones - would that be good?

Cameras are also covered BTW, VoIP devices largely fall under some device class for external USB soundcards, and there was also some standard for scanners IIRC.

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