Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th Sep 2018 00:03 UTC, submitted by hornett
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Terrence Andrew Davis, sole creator and developer of TempleOS (née LoseThos), has passed away at age 48. Davis suffered from mental illness - schizophrenia - which had a severe impact on his life. He claimed he created his operating system after having spoken with and receiving instructions from god, and he was a controversial figure, also here on OSNews, for his incomprehensible rants and abrasive style towards OSNews readers and staff. We eventually had to ban him, but our then-editor Kroc Kamen worked with him in 2010 to publish an article about his operating system despite his ban.

Davis was clearly a gifted programmer - writing an entire operating system is no small feat - and it was sad to see him affected by his mental illness. I mourn his passing, and I wish his family and friends all the strength they need in these trying times. His family and friends are asking people to donate to "organizations working to ease the pain and suffering caused by mental illness", such as The Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation or the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

I hope he found peace - wherever he may be.

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by Kroc on Sat 8th Sep 2018 08:52 UTC
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I remember this; Terry had submitted a article like any other and I had raised the question if we were going to do anything with the other editors. Naturally, they had wiped their hands clean of Terry due to major issues with his commenting on previous stories. Nobody is going to deny that Terry could devolve into a massive racist and hostile person.

I'm going to share with you some e-mail exchanges with Terry at the time, including his feedback on the article mentioned; these will be in replies, due to post-length limits.

I still read OSNews every day and it is my default go-to place for tech news. I wish I could participate more but I went off the radar when I got married, and now I have a disabled child with around-the-clock needs.

I have a history of schizophrenia in my family, my father had it and I have seen it consume other relatives. I myself have not been afflicted yet probably in part to my own late diagnosis of ASD a couple of years ago; my son is autistic and that lead to my diagnosis.

I always understood how Terry might feel, underneath the confusion, anger, hostility and the deflection. Perhaps that's why I was willing to look beyond that and discuss TempleOS (then Losethos) purely on technical merits.

In 2008 I was undertaking a complete top-to-bottom redesign of OSNews; admittedly biting off far more than I could chew, given my unstable mental state, but it's work that I'm still deeply proud of and representative of my love for OSNews. I'm hoping that the screenshots I have of the various work-in-progress bits can be published at some point if the OSNews staff would want to do that.

With that, I bid you adieu.

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