Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 5th Nov 2009 21:05 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y There's no right way to do it, only ideas that are better than others in certain situations. But if you had the opportunity to head up the design of a new OS, one to Put Things Right, one that could be radical enough to varnish out those UI/X bumps that have clung on for years, but practical enough to be used every day, what would you design? How would you handle application management? What about file types and compatibility? Where would you cherry pick the best bits from other OSes and where would you throw away tradition? I've tackled this challenge for myself and present (an unfinished idea): KrocOS (warning: HTML5 site, will display without CSS in IE/older browsers). OSnews Asks: What would make your perfect OS?
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kragil
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2006-01-04

I would go for very social apps that make sharing of photos, files (audio, video, profiles etc) EASY and SECURE.
Something like Retroshare.sf.net would be a good basis for that ( already includes secure file sharing/messaging etc without the need for a server )
I would integrate Retroshare in all KDE apps, everything should be well integrated.

I would tune the kernel for desktop responsiveness and use BtrFS, which snapshots would be integrated into Dolphin/Konqi.

This would be perfect for anti-corporate paranoid privacy geeks like me.

Oh yeah and a webkit based browser with adblocking would be a must ;)

When I think about it, it could be done today. Now I just need a few million$.

Edit: And updates would just install silently and I would rename a lot of apps. More like what Kroc is suggesting.. verbs and nouns, unless the app has a really good name (not like Firefox or Kopete etc.)

Edited 2009-11-05 21:33 UTC

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cb88 Member since:
2009-04-23

Updates should never install silently ... things get broken

Extending BeShare to be decentralized/heavily encrypted would be a cool thing for someone to work on. My idea of a BeShare decentralized node would share all downloaded data plus download additional data to share when idle thus improving availability.

Cool thing about BeShare is it supports file atributes and searching just like BFS

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Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

And when you accept to install an update, it can still break the machine, so what’s the difference really when you boil it down? As long as the machine has auto-rollback features and the in-built ability to deal with update problems then not prompting to install only makes things simpler for all users.

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twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11


I would tune the kernel for desktop responsiveness


Con Kolivas and other enthusiasts, already tried that. Unfortunately, Linus and other decisional factors doesn't support the orientation of Linux as a "desktop OS".

Some guy even tried to replace X with a better GUI system, Wayland. But major Linux players are neither helping him, nor supporting his idea.

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