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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Complexity
by jessesmith on Sat 15th May 2010 20:48 UTC
jessesmith
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2010-03-11

I tend to agree that the OS world is forming into a few big camps rather than a bunch of little camps. Probably because making an OS now that'll do everything WinOSXLinux does is a huge task. 15 or 20 years ago, prior to the big Windows push, when DOS was still a common operating system, it was relatively easy for a small team to put together a good enough operating system.

Now, an OS has to be multi-user, multi-tasking, multi-arch with a desktop and web browser to get passing notice. That's a giant task for a small group of developers.

Though I would like to add I think the BSDs shouldn't be counted out. FreeBSD especially (via the PC-BSD project) is a solid system that will probably become steadily more popular.

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