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[2]: Comment by Kroc
by _QJ_ on Sat 8th Sep 2018 19:20 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
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I must react Kroc. I have worked with ASD.

The "normal" people must learn that, facing what they call a "peculiar person" is, just a person out of our own conventions.

In my company, I had the chance to work in a small team of developers composed of 8 "normal" persons, two diagnosed ASD and a deaf.

It turns out rapidly that the first ASD was very powerful at repetitive tasks and, I gave him the sources configuration management. Build, packaging, delivery note and other Q&A borrowing tasks were always on time. With a high quality process. He never did a mistake.

The second ASD was more problematic : A kind of pissing code robot, providing you 18K lines of SLOC/day without any social interaction. Just gave him a specifications book input, and request that the code must compile before his delivery. Because he preferred to discuss with a gcc output than a human being. Not more, no team meeting, no discussion possible about his code. Nothing else than coding.

The deaf person turns out to be very strong at concentrating in the noisy computers tests rooms. So he was very good at debug and patch, the code of the second ASD... And I learned sign language to communicate with him through windows (Not Windows(R)). A kind of crypto-communication through air, at distance : Priceless.

Nine months... The whole team was awarded by the company for its performances and, its capacity to deliver complex embedded software on time, with high quality and customer satisfaction.

This is the proof if, "normal" people can open their mind, adapt to "peculiar" others", and pass out their own conventions, we can find the real power of "peculiar" people.

And, when you find this power... It's always amazing to ordinary people.

Terry was probably the kind of particular person very difficult to understand for a conventional one.
But you Kroc, got the chance to see the good part of Terry Davis, and understand why it may worth it.

A "peculiar" person to understand another very peculiar person... Again, I got a lesson as an ordinary person.

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