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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Small OSes are dead anyway...
by Coxy on Mon 17th May 2010 12:57 UTC
Coxy
Member since:
2006-07-01

...like bedroom computer game writers.

People need to just accept that writing an OS isn't something you do in your spare time anymore. It needs a whole team and cash.

I checked out countless links to OS's in these comments - most I have never heard of... looking at them I can see why - there's even the OS named after some geeks would-be girlfriend: HelenOS. Anyone here who ever thought that would be going anywhere should crawl out from under that rock they have been living under.

Desktop, taskbar, rubbish bin icon, "my computer icon", clock on the right hand side... they all look like a widnows 3.1 - but badly done. No one is ever going to use them. Around about release 0.0.3 (Alpha RC3) (after 10 years) the developer realises it too and gives up.

I've seen Flash based OS's/interfaces that can do more than most of these alternative OS can after years of developement.

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jermar Member since:
2006-06-12

I checked out countless links to OS's in these comments - most I have never heard of... looking at them I can see why - there's even the OS named after some geeks would-be girlfriend: HelenOS. Anyone here who ever thought that would be going anywhere should crawl out from under that rock they have been living under

Frankly, even the HelenOS developers do not date girls called HelenOS - that would be too wicked. I suggest you go and read the HelenOS FAQ to learn more about the origin of the name and the OS itself.

You should also not judge the OS based on its name or the screenshot. It only shows how clueless you are about the stuff which really matters when it comes to OS design.

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Coxy Member since:
2006-07-01

To be frank, I couldn't give a 5h!t about os design. I'm a designer/illustrator, not a programmer.

'You should also not judge the OS based on its name or the screenshot. It only shows how clueless you are about the stuff which really matters when it comes to OS design.'

Why not? Everyone else outside of geekdom will. The fact that these OS's are now no longer developed only shows how clueless they were about the stuff which really matters when it comes to an OS - the users and their perception of the OS.

'...I suggest you go and read the HelenOS FAQ to learn more about the origin of the name and the OS itself.'

Sorry but do you expect any mass used OS to have a manual that actually gets read? hahah.... I'm not interested in using something called HelenOS, and shant be reading the manual.

Edited 2010-05-17 13:36 UTC

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