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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Continuing, because I hit the char limit.

App Examples:

I will say only this... have you tried the IRC client 'sic'? In terms of using files for things, it is quite fine... usability suffers somewhat. No, this is not on topic, but it is cool (-;

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It's nice that you're thinking, but I would never want to use this OS. Some of the ideas are interesting, most of them are just horrifying. A lot represents a naive understanding of the problems being solved.

I am really a nuts-and-bolts guy. I am more interested in how would this be implemented than a birds eye view/mockup of the interaction and concepts.

The important thing to do is understand why we're here and take into account all of the people who are not like you when designing something new. One size doesn't fit all, but doesn't everyone (more or less) use Windows?

It's easy to design an OS I would love, it's hard to design an OS everyone could live with.

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I am more interested in how would this be implemented than a birds eye view/mockup of the interaction and concepts.

I am interested in the birds eye view, because I’m a designer and would lack the skills to get into the very specifics. I never set out to produce something complete and bullet-proof—these are just a collection of ideas I wanted to get off of my chest ;) Should someone want to implement this, it would go through several hundred design revisions until all the kinks were worked out.

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