Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 25th May 2010 21:10 UTC, submitted by asupcb
OSNews, Generic OSes EyeOS has released version 2.0 Beta. "After several months of hard work we're happy to announce the immediate availability of the official release of eyeOS 2.0 Beta. And even more: the new release doesn't come alone but with the brand new eyeOS.org website, which has not ben redesigned for the last 2 years now. eyeOS 2.0 Beta can be downloaded from the new downloads page and tested from a Beta test server in eyeOS.info."
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RE[4]: What is an OS
by Neolander on Wed 26th May 2010 11:57 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: What is an OS"
Neolander
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2010-03-08

No, but since some people tend to include Mac OS X in the "computer" system by telling that it's part of the product just in the same way as the BIOS/EFI... One may say that the "what is a computer" point is still debatable.

Edited 2010-05-26 11:57 UTC

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RE[5]: What is an OS
by Neolander on Wed 26th May 2010 13:30 in reply to "RE[4]: What is an OS"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

-No +Sure

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RE[5]: What is an OS
by Laurence on Wed 26th May 2010 15:42 in reply to "RE[4]: What is an OS"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

No, but since some people tend to include Mac OS X in the "computer" system by telling that it's part of the product just in the same way as the BIOS/EFI... One may say that the "what is a computer" point is still debatable.


Right, I see your point.

Personally I'd argue that the distinction between is clearly defined. Maybe when Apple release OS upgrades as SSDs that you replaced the old OS with the new (thus you physically replace a component when you upgrade your computer and software upgrades were only available on said media), then I'd me more inclined to agree with Apples definition.

But the fact that Macs can run any OS (subject to the obvious) and that OS X can run on non-Apple hardware, I think it's a stretch to argue that OS X and the hardware are a single entity regardless of how well Apples flagship OS is built for the hardware.

However, I'm / we're drifting off onto a whole other debate.....

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RE[6]: What is an OS
by Morgan on Thu 27th May 2010 00:29 in reply to "RE[5]: What is an OS"
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2005-06-29

But the fact that Macs can run any OS (subject to the obvious) and that OS X can run on non-Apple hardware, I think it's a stretch to argue that OS X and the hardware are a single entity regardless of how well Apples flagship OS is built for the hardware.


I tend to agree with this sentiment. Another example would be embedded systems. There are some embedded platforms with the default OS written for that hardware, to the extent that it is difficult to fully port it to a similar platform. Despite being based on a common kernel (Linux, BSD, Mach, whatever) and common userland tools, the physical and logical services can be very platform-specific. This, however, makes it no less of a true operating system than something like GNU/Linux or NetBSD -- both of which are far from being tied to a single platform.

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