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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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Sat 8th Sep 2018 09:00 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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From: Terry A. Davis
Synopsis: The 64-bit LoseThos Operating System
LoseThos is an open-source, free, x86-64 operating system created from scratch, including a compiler and graphics library. It's aimed at recreational programmers. It attempts to be simpler and more welcoming than Linux for those who like tinkering. Version 6.12 was recently released.

On 15 jul. 2010, at 10:42, Kroc Camen wrote:

Hi Terry, would you consider writing up a short article on the changes and an introduction to LoseThos for people who have not heard of it before. This would be more publishable.

NB: None of this is in any way to discredit the other OSNews editors!

(Thom:) Are you crazy? NEVER publish ANYTHING about LoseThos. The guy is insane and dangerous. This is not a preference, but official OSNews policy.

(Kroc:) Don't disagree that he's a problem, but the fact remains that he has written an OS from scratch, by hand and in a completely unusual manner. That ticks every box for what OSNews should be publishing. Even if the discussion turns into a clusterfudge we can just lock the thread. If he can write something interesting then it should be published.

(Thom:) He spammed us to death, insulted us, and theatened us. This is unaccpetable and should not be rewarded. It's that simple.

Thom is not wrong here, at all.

And he hasn't bothered us in some time. You must forgive your brother not 7 times, but 77 times. If he can't put together a sensible article then it won't go anywhere in the first place and if I do publish anything I will take responsibility and I will be sure to warn him before hand. At the end of the day if it kicks off, we lock the thread, ban him and block him in GMail, simples.

(Thom:) I really don't want to see anything published about LoseThos. This all happened before your time and was scary and very unpleasant. David obviously has the last word, but I don't want it. Period.

Edited 2018-09-08 09:00 UTC

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