Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 1st Sep 2004 19:01 UTC, submitted by Michael Saunders
Syllable, AtheOS The August edition of the Syllable Development Newsletter is now available, nutshellising the OS' progress over the last month. Highlights include a website redesign, driver updates and VMware images. Additionally, has assembled a superb slideshow running through Syllable's new desktop and apps.
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RE: Can someone explain more about Syllable?
by Vanders on Wed 1st Sep 2004 20:10 UTC

I guess the thing is, it looks pretty much like what's already out there so graphically its not doing anything that gets me excited about using it.

The look isn't the important bit at the moment, so I can understand why just looking at the screenshots arn't all that exciting. You need to use Syllable and understand the architecture to really get excited about it.

Is the goal speed or multimedia etc? Is there really something these people hope to shine at that nobody else can do?

The goal is to be the best possible Open Source operating system that normal everyday users can and would use on their desktop. In other words; not Linux. That's really the goal right now; to create an OS that is actually suitable for use on your desktop computer or laptop. Myself and the other Syllable developers and supporters pretty much feel that Linux as a desktop OS is a dead end, so we're designing and building Syllable as a suitable replacement instead.

I just don't set why I'd people would be interested in using this as a primary OS and not just something to play around on.

Right now Syllable is at release 0.5.3, which isn't even Alpha status, so I wouldn't seriously expect anybody to be using Syllable as their primary OS now or even next year. Features are missing, code is not complete, API's are liable to change, things are likely to break. The people who should be interested in Syllable will be other developers and interested geek types who appreciate what we're trying to achieve and whom will maybe lend a hand. At this particular stage in development, we are our own users.