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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kristoph
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2006-01-01

When you say 'we report on [insert OS here]' you mean you reference a press release or someone else's story.

OSNews was interesting in the past because there was quite in-depth analysis of individual operating systems. Eugenia actually installed various operating systems and talked about their features, their benefits and their shortcomings.

(Yes, she did focus overmuch on something to do with video cameras which no one but Eugenia really understood or cared about but all the other stuff was great ;-)

OSNews needs more of that.

Otherwise it's mostly just links to other sites with the occasional somewhat extremist position piece by Thom.

Really it would be good to get back to operating systems, review them, talk about them, analyze the, critique them ... even mainstream operating systems.

It's not all bad though. Thom does occasionally score a good piece but it's mostly become like Thom's personal blog (and there is really no need to link to the submit rules again Thom).

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

OSNews was interesting in the past because there was quite in-depth analysis of individual operating systems. Eugenia actually installed various operating systems and talked about their features, their benefits and their shortcomings.


I do the exact same thing. I've done them all ove the years, and written about all of them. AmigaOS, MorphOS, Haiku, Zeta (multiple times), QNX, you name it. THe problem, however, is this: we've got them covered. Progress (if at all) is so slow with these operating systems that an article written 2 years ago is still 99% accurate today.

That's the cold and harsh truth some people do not want to see. I see a number of people here claiming there's enough news, yet none of you have ever submitted any such news, and even in this very thread, are unable to point anything out.

Really it would be good to get back to operating systems


*sigh*

Like which? THAT is the problem. Not a lack of willingness.

(and there is really no need to link to the submit rules again Thom)


Yes, there is. OSNews is open. You can submit whatever you want, and as long as it meets our basic standards, we'll publish it. Again - people say there's lots of news, but yet, don't submit anything.

Prove me wrong.

Edited 2010-05-16 09:39 UTC

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Bully Member since:
2006-04-07

The thing is, people come to new sites to read news, not to submit it.
I guess it must be somthing of a pasion to want to (re)search and write articles.
It's definatly not something each reader is going to want to do.

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parrotjoe Member since:
2005-07-06

This may sound a little OT, but it goes directly to the beginning of Thom's article regarding the previous explosion of OS's, versions, etc. I remember Eugenia had a famous hard drive that had...what was it...eight OS's on it? Maybe I'm even being conservative. And, as I recall, Bootman for BeOS was the bootloader! That drive should be enshrined!! :-)

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