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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I completely disagree Thom
by gedmurphy on Sat 15th May 2010 22:46 UTC
gedmurphy
Member since:
2005-12-23

There's loads going on in the world of operating systems, you just don't follow them any more.

I seem to remember a comment from you recently saying that the only OS you use now is linux.

If you aren't using any alternative OS's or following their progress then you won't be in tune with what's happening in that world

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

There's loads going on in the world of operating systems, you just don't follow them any more.


Like what? And, of course, feel free to submit news or write articles!

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gedmurphy Member since:
2005-12-23

Android is huge right now, it's being pushed and pulled in all sorts of different directions and there's some great stories to be had. You need to be mixing in those environments to get the inside information, it's not news that the rest of the internet picks up on. That's what made this site unique.

Haiku is really exciting at the moment, there's cool things happening all the time in that community. I'm sure people would prefer to hear about all the inside little stories that happens in the haiku community instead of Apple patents.

ReactOS is far from the picture you painted. There's tonnes of cool stuff happening in that community, but you either need to be closely following their mailing lists or in their IRC channels to find out about it. If all else fails, then the news letters have good stuff to report on. Again, this is what used to make osnews cool, it had this insider information.

ChromeOS, surely there's stories to be gathered on that, the development model is available to peer into.

WebOS is looking like it might get a push from HP again. Are you saying there's absolutley no news on this?

Granted the Windows Phone 7 is still pretty secretive at the moment, but there are still stories to be had.


I understand all these news stories are hard to come by, but isn't that what journalism is all about? As a news site targeting operating systems, the idea is to get involved and dig out these stories. otherwise you just end up picking up the same news as all the other websites are reporting on, and becoming another slashdot, which is what osnews has sadly become.


When was the last time any osnews editors followed the OS communities at a personal level?

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Nitrodist Member since:
2010-04-09

I can think of two interesting projects off the top of my head. I am sure there is a bunch more stuff going on out there.

The first one is GNU Hurd which has been including monthly updates on its website for some time now. Im sure you are going to dismiss this project as it has been in development for a very long time, but the fact remains this is an interesting OS project that gets no coverage here.

As an added extra there is ArchHurd which is marching along steadily.

The second project I can think of is QubesOS, which the developers describe as a Xen distribution with very unique GUI virtualization infrastructure. This project barely got a mention on OSnews and was merely linked to with no discussion on the news column.

In my opinion the news column on the side of the page gives only passing recognition to many of the projects out there.

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