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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RE: I completely disagree Thom
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 15th May 2010 23:08 UTC in reply to "I completely disagree Thom"
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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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Android is huge right now


That's great - but not where I live. In The Netherlands, there's like 2 Android phones for sale running 1.5, and that's it. Adding insult to injury is the fact that I live in a small rural community far away from everything.

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.


Uh? We report on Haiku all the time.

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


We covered its announcement in quite a lot of detail, but since no release has been made, it's hard for any of us to really dive into this. I'm not going to peer into source code submissions, since I'd not know what to do with them.

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


Have you been reading the same OSNews I have? We've reported LIKE CRAZY on Palm and the webOS. I mean, I got comments asking to tone it down!

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


Again - we've reported like crazy on Windows Phone 7! Seriously, which OSNews are you reading?

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


Plural? You do realise that effectively, there's just one editor here, right? I've followed all sorts of OS communities at very personal levels, but here's the shocker: there are no OS communities anymore other than the big boring ones.

I keep very close tabs on Haiku and AmigaOS (trust me, I've got really cool stuff coming up from the Amiga world, can't say anything more). That's it. What else am I supposed to follow? The three news items a year from Syllable (which Kaj de Vos writes for us)? ReactOS gets covered too, but since their progress is so slow, what am I supposed to do, cover every icon change?

Some here say there's enough out there, but then fail to give any examples. Really - I would like to believe you, but why, then, isn't our queue filled with this stuff?

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shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

HP has a number of O/S's in its portfolio.

Apart from HP/UX & the benefits from their purchase of Palm, they have Open/VMS & the Tandem Non Stop O/S as well, not forgetting Tru64.

We all seem for forget that IBM has Z/OS & OS/400 (or whatever it is called this week) in its stable as well as AIX.

There are lots of Operating Systems around that just won't run on an Intel X86 system.
Personally, I think that X86 is an evolutionary dead end like the Lemur family of mammals but I'm biased as I cut my O/S teeth on PDP-11's & VAX's. In some ways I'm sad that Itanium is dying a slow and inevitable death.

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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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