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 09:08 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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Terry's response to the article:


You seem to have a good sense of perceptions on the street. I was impressed
how you handled the LoseThos story. Kinda a lost cause.

I'd ask you for advice, but I'm probably not willing to follow-through.

"Quit being crazy!"

So, you thought about doing some part of a mobile OS? I don't even have
a phone, believe it or not. I don't like those tiny computers -- had
enough in various jobs.

I thought about blowing some money on advertising. I don't have much
but have saved some over the years. Don't buy much. I guess you're obliged to recommend OSNews.

This is cool -- a Google search of "64-bit Operating System" has me at the top of page two. A serach
of "64-bit Free Operating System" has me near the top of page one. I can't believe my luck, honestly.

Couple days ago I made a FaceBook and Twitter page. Practically, no buzz at all on the net. I can't figure that out. I guess people try it and move on and it is not very significant to them. There is no buzz on Google searches of "LoseThos" to speak of.

One bit of wisdom I learned with a edutainment program called "SimStructure" is that
people mostly only use simple features and don't bother to use advanced features. They don't feel like learning. This might be a different crowd.

In case you're curious, I had liek 63 downloads during the first day of the OSNews story and 50 the next. It started to die-off. Then, I did a new release to which gets picked-up by and I had 40 downloads for a few days.

When I have no prominant storys in the news, I get about 6 a day. I get 10-20 at source forge but
I don't trust those download numbers. There are robots and stuff.

I do a new release every two weeks and get listed on beta news and major geeks and get typically 35
downloads then 20. Then it dies. This has gone on for 2 years and absolutely nothing has changed. No buzz.

I've really improved losthos an lot--they quality is way way better of the code. It doesn't appear different though graphically.

You remember "it's the economy, stupid." well "it's the graphics stupid.", huh. I can't change modes, but I guess I could do a lot better job of making it pretty with what I got. I hate art :-)

Kind regards,


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