Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Jul 2009 18:20 UTC, submitted by s1oan
OSNews, Generic OSes When I read this item in the backend submission queue, I must admit that I thought it was a fake, and I must say that I'm still not confident enough about this one. A Korean company held a press event today during which it launched its Tmax Window operating system. Built on in-house technology, they claim it has 100% compatibility with Windows software. Update: A lot more information in this article.
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by neticspace on Wed 8th Jul 2009 22:32 UTC
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Very few South Koreans touched and experienced Linux. South Korea is a country that hasn't exposed to FOSS decently.

I'm South Korean and not many people are hyped about TMAX because all the media impressions and ads are too sensation-oriented (more like gimmicky). I don't think TMAX Windows will fly high. Instead the good news is that the TMAX developers will learn a valuable lesson and a reasonable experience afterwards.

But there are good reasons for the justification of making a new operating system catered towards South Koreans. From what I know:

1. Microsoft & Intel are on the black list of trading controversies in South Korea for a very long time
2. South Korean software and game companies are losing faith in Windows' performance
3. Many professionals working for South Korean web portals (Nate and Yahoo! Korea) are not satisfied with Windows' performance
4. National security issues for databases and need for something "isolated" like an independent OS
5. Desperate reformation of South Korea's tech industry

If you think about it, average South Koreans need a new operating system that caters the unique needs of them.

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by t3RRa on Thu 9th Jul 2009 01:45 in reply to "Remember"
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(I declare first that I am a *BSD/BeOS fan and OK with Linux and feel-not-so-good with Windows.)

Unfortunately I think that is the opposite. Many companies would die for Microsoft and Windows. They still only accept Windows platform and Windows applications. It is only for few developers and OSS users who feel what you have told. Majority of people in Korea feel no need of another operating system. They feel Windows performance is far ahead of Linux. Yeah, for most games they run Windows is the answer for them anyway. And because of banks heavily rely on ActiveX, they would really really have horrible experience with any other OS including MacOSX. Yes, even for die-hard Mac users it is a painful experience to surf Korean websites on MacOSX because of ActiveX and stuff. So occasionally they need to run XP on VirtualBox or Parallel Desktop to surf alright. Linux? They would never think of it.

A new operating system that nobody would use? Fine..

Edited 2009-07-09 01:47 UTC

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RE[2]: Remember
by fretinator on Thu 9th Jul 2009 13:53 in reply to "RE: Remember"
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ActiveX is so dead they never even gave it a memorial. No one in their right mind is "banking" on ActiveX/COM. It was a horrendous technology, and I for one and glad to bid it a hearty goodbye!

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RE: Remember
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 9th Jul 2009 03:47 in reply to "Remember"
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There is nothing you mentioned that would preclude a movement to an existing open source operating system. Furthermore, you seem to be conflating Windows Server, Windows Desktops, along with MS SQL Server.

I'm really just sort of confused by #3. Are these web portal professionals not satisfied with windows the Server OS running ASP.Net or the performance of Browsers running on top of Windows Desktop OS.

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RE[2]: Remember
by t3RRa on Thu 9th Jul 2009 05:01 in reply to "RE: Remember"
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AFAIK, most of decisions on platform and language are base on the brand name and familiarity(UI and things). And that decisions are made not by developers but by managers (mostly if not all). And again AFAIK, still most of developers are akin to Microsoft platform and hesitate adopting F/OSS.

I have even known a person from online whose father was a software developer in Korea and asked(? or commanded) her to use softwares from Microsoft only. So she has dropped using ICQ and instead started using MSN Messenger. It was more than 10 years ago though. Really weird.

Even I have been known many developers in Korea and have read several blog posts and articles written by Korean developers, never confronted any of those points mentioned by that poster. Instead except for some web developers, most of them were for Windows, its platforms and languages. Never really complained about the Microsoft's products comparing to other OSes and its platforms. Mostly was the other way.

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RE: Remember
by fukudasan on Thu 9th Jul 2009 04:54 in reply to "Remember"
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One point not mentioned here (which I myself only came across recently) about the Internet in Korea is something called SEED.

Basically, SEED is a Windows-based system for secure financial transactions and this pretty much prevents you from doing the same kind of thing (as I try to do here, too often) under Linux (Mandriva 2009.1, KDE 4.2.x, Opera browser). And one thing I always try _not_ to use here is XP; it is almost impossible to run Windows without getting some kind of "infection".

The problem is that SEED is a legislated feature; it can only be removed or annulled by an act of law. And because no-one else apparently uses this system, it has an isolating effect upon web-based transactions with the "outside world". I think this was a sort of unexpected "side-effect", but it's there now and difficult to remove or get around under certain circumstances.

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RE[2]: Remember
by t3RRa on Thu 9th Jul 2009 05:12 in reply to "RE: Remember"
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No not really. SEED is AFAIK just one of the cryptographic algorithm invented in Korea. But the problem is.. most of them implemented it on ActiveX to be used on the world wide web for like bank transactions and things.

On my quick research, SEED algorithm implementation is in OpenSSL as well. So it proves that SEED is not really Windows based.

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