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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Too hard, too expensive.
by mkone on Sun 16th May 2010 15:35 UTC
mkone
Member since:
2006-03-14

The problem is that it has become too hard for a single geek or a small group of geeks to create a system from scratch. The innovation now mostly has to come in the established OSes. So instead of geeks reading about new innovative systems, we read about new innovative figures.

But I cannot see a new operating system being created now that will compete with the established ones (Mac, win, Linux, Solaris and BSD), aside someone with insanely deep pockets (an Oracle or a Google) putting 2 billion dollars into creating a brand new OS. small OSes will continue to be created, but will not get the sufficient critical mass to become useful, self sustaining systems, at least not for PCs.

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RE: Too hard, too expensive.
by WereCatf on Sun 16th May 2010 15:52 in reply to "Too hard, too expensive."
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

The problem is that it has become too hard for a single geek or a small group of geeks to create a system from scratch. The innovation now mostly has to come in the established OSes. So instead of geeks reading about new innovative systems, we read about new innovative figures.

I see two problems which are almost insurmountable nowadays: the amount of hardware for which there are no open specifications and no standard way of accessing the resources of it (this one is a BIG issue and usually the biggest one of them all. God I wish there was a standard way of using the hardware and not everyone implemented a proprietary solution every single god damn time a new thing comes to market), and the amount of standards one has to support. Especially web browsers are a good example of this: even a basic browser could require up to millions lines of code to be useable by today's standards. That's just simply way too much for any small group to handle.

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