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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For me, the perfect OS would use open development using open standards and its applications would use open formats. This OS would thus conceivably be able to run any program created for any modern OS, viz., Linux, Win, OSX, Chrome OS (yes, Linux). This would allow me to cherry pick the best apps among the OSes that would then update them in a Linux-like way.

Most my computing these days is cloud computing, and it's just getting started in user space. Thus the browser is more dominant than the OS. So things like Web Open Font Format (WOFF) are a great step in the right direction. Still, Linux is setup and designed far better than the others.

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