Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th May 2010 19:23 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes There's one complaint we here at OSNews get thrown in our faces quite often: what's up with the lack of, you know, operating system news on OSNews? Why so much mobile phone news? Why so much talk of H264, HTML5, and Flash? Where's the juicy news on tomorrow's operating systems? Since it's weekend, I might as well explain why things are the way they are. Hint: it has nothing to do with a lack of willingness.
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Sad, but true
by MissingBeOS on Sat 15th May 2010 19:36 UTC
MissingBeOS
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2010-01-26

I think that's the one thing that truly bothers me about the OS landscape these days. There just isn't the level of excitement and variety that there was from the mid 90's through 2002-3.

When Be, Inc. closed its doors, that was pretty much "all she wrote" for me. BeOS wasn't perfect, but it probably had the most realistic chance of going somewhere of all of the alternative OSes at the time. BeOS gave me the same feeling of excitement and wonder that I had when I programmed my old A2000.

The hardware of today is almost inconceivably advanced in terms of sheer horsepower compared to any typical system from that time period, and yet ... where the heck is the magic? OSes haven't truly taken advantage of the hardware for a long time. BeOS came pretty close. Yeah, it was a cast iron beeyotch to get the multiprocessing algorithms to work, but wow! When they worked, they worked! ;)

Unfortunately, Thom's hit it on the head. The landscape has become pretty sparse out there. I would love to see Haiku do something. Same for Amiga rising from the ashes yet again. SkyOS, Syllable ... any & all of those quirky, powerful, elegant, quixotic attempts at doing something not only useful but FUN! But, it's not looking that good, at least from the viewpoint of a news site purportedly aimed at OS news.

Love to have us all proven wrong - I'd be tickled pink.

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