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: Syllable looks great, but...
by Vanders on Wed 1st Sep 2004 22:57 UTC

Syllable looks like the perfect OS for my mother's old PC, but without a word processor, a spreadsheet app, and web browser that isn't a 5-year old port, it sadly can't happen.

We figure there is little point in spending valuable time and energy on porting and writing applications while there are still gapping holes in the OS itself, so apart from basic functionality and stuff we need to support development, applications have to take a back-seat at the moment. Once we have things more complete and stable then we will concentrate one providing all those sorts of applications you'd expect to find on your home computer. It all takes time, and Syllable is only going to be of interest to other developers and geeks at this point.

Also, if it is the easy to use free OS, why not make the directory structure more sane? Sort of like OS X, have /Applications, /Users/*user*/ (with Documents, Audio, Images directories within) and a /Media and hide everything else from the user in the file manager.

We already do, but because Syllable is a POSIX OS we also must have a minimal POSIX style filesystem hierachy as well. Syllable applications go in /Applications but stuff ported from *nix usually goes in a package directory in /usr/ It's about the only sane way to manage things.

Also some sort of metadata searching, using something along the lines of libextractor would be cool.

You're applying Linux style solutions to a non-Linux problem ;) Syllable can and will have far more elegant ways of handling meta-data than that, relying on things such as arbitary file meta-data and indexing.