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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A Plan 9-ish and public domain OS
by obsidian on Thu 5th Nov 2009 22:43 UTC
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I'd like to see a Plan 9-ish OS (very elegant) and for it to be public domain. That would mean that anyone could use any part of the OS - no having to "re-invent the wheel" just to get around license restrictions.

However, Plan 9's GUI takes some getting used to, so I'd make that much more user-friendly.

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I absolutely agree - Plan9 is very elegant and it celebrates the "everything is a file" metaphor - unlike Unix systems where device drivers are special files (I always found that IOCTL stuff creepy). I think this is a good base...

Filesystem should be not Unix-Standard but more MacOs like - there was an article covering a FSH here on OSNews.

Well, regarding the GUI I think the old X should be retired. A ZUI as proposed by Jef Raskin based on OpenVG. This would eliminate the metapher of standalone apps and break compatibility with all current apps, of course.

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