Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Dec 2006 22:47 UTC
SkyOS SkyOS has gotten a new virtual filesystem, dubbed BranchFS. This makes it possible to branch filesystems, convert read-only media into read-write media, and add SkyFS attributes to non-SkyFS volumes. "BranchFS makes it possible to make a reversible filesystem. By using your system partition you can revert to a previous state (with just one reboot) and and when using a CD BranchFS makes it possible to make changes to the content. BranchFS is still in heavy development but branching a LiveCD works quite well already. The first SkyOS LiveCD will be based on BranchFS."
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RE: How does Robert do this?
by rajj on Wed 6th Dec 2006 01:16 UTC in reply to "How does Robert do this?"
rajj
Member since:
2005-07-06

Way more features? I hardly think so.

Each of the projects you cited have only a small handful of core committers that make major architectural decisions with many others contributing small improvements and bug fixes. This is the way most Open Source projects are.

So, it's not that unusual that a single person can make so much progress, and this especially so when most of the hard research work has been done for you. Lets be honest, SkyOS isn't breaking any new ground here. It's just yet another operating system with a process scheduler, memory management and a filesystem. Hell, it claims to use a POSIX API so it's already half way to being yet another UNIX.

Not much else can be said about its design since nobody other than its creator knows anything about such details.

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Ronald Vos Member since:
2005-07-06

You're right, SkyOS doesn't tread new ground. A responsive system under heavy loads, a nice clean API, advanced feature integration (like using a browser or videoplayer as a widget) and user-friendlyness aren't new.

If only anything on Linux came even close though..

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Redeeman Member since:
2006-03-23

you are right, NOTHING on linux comes close to it, this is why kde isnt responsive under load, it doesent have a good api either, and certainly not good integration with kparts (widgets) that can be embedded, its not userfriendly either, you must give all commands to it in simplified chinese, written as raw bits on a special keyboard only featuring a 0 and 1 button ;)

oh wait, i forgot, kde really does have all this, and oh wait, it also runs on linux.

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