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: Comment by mtzmtulivu
by shotsman on Sun 16th May 2010 17:13 UTC in reply to "Comment by mtzmtulivu"
shotsman
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2005-07-22

I couldn't agree with you more on this.

I met with a group of Final Year CS students a few months ago. I was interested in the sort of things they were studying.
In return, I told them about my time as an Undergrad between 1972-75. Their mouths collectively dropped open when I told them about the paper I wrote on Operating System Schedulers and Work Queues. And to cap it all, they simply couldn't believe that I was an Engineering student. I was studying Control Eng and in particular Computer Control of systems hence my interest in how the OS worked and things like interrupt latency might affect real time operations.
One took me aside afterwards and said that the work I did would now be considered more of a PHD thing.
The one thing I got from my time with the students was their almost total lack of wanting to find out how/why things worked the way they did.
I suppose this is all down to the Computer market maturing into more of a commodity appliance that it was then.
Sigh.
I'll be glad to retire in 3 years and get on with restoring a few old Motorcycles.

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