Linked by David Adams on Tue 9th Dec 2008 16:46 UTC, submitted by weildish
OSNews, Generic OSes Sometimes it seems that every new OS that comes out these days is ultimately and altogether quite similar. "It's all been done before," we sigh as new system after system is released with only eye-candy the apparent difference for most users. This new OS, named "g-speak" by its creators, will give one a run for his money. Using special gloves, a user of the system gestures his way about the OS on several wall-sized displays that interact with one another. The makers of g-speak call it "the first major step in [a] computer interface since 1984." Perhaps they are right. See the neat video here. You can even go so far as to dust off your Tom Cruise Minority Report action figure to better savor the future with.
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RE[4]: New UI not OS
by rajj on Tue 9th Dec 2008 23:39 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: New UI not OS"
rajj
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2005-07-06

Well. That was the point of my comment; you made it sound like it was obvious what you were talking about as if there were some formal definition of an object oriented file system or that it was fundamentally different from what we already have. Now that you've shown me an actual implementation, it makes more sense.

Having a way to add user-space plugins to the VFS layer to override vnode syscalls per file based on type gives the file system a polymorphic feature which is indeed _one_ property of being OO but hardly one that OOP has a monopoly on. That said, this is still a neat idea, but I'm not convinced it would be as revolutionary as you suggest.

It also seems like every pre-existing programming concept gets lumped under the OOP umbrella. If it exhibits even one of those features, then the OO hand waving begins. I've even seen literature for products brag that the system is OO because they call UI elements --yes you guessed it-- OBJECTS!

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RE[5]: New UI not OS
by Morgan on Tue 9th Dec 2008 23:43 in reply to "RE[4]: New UI not OS"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I agree, the term "object oriented" has become an overused buzzword, but in this instance I think it is fairly accurate. Sorry for the confusion before, by the way.

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