Linked by Kaj-de-Vos on Mon 8th Nov 2010 22:37 UTC
Syllable, AtheOS The latest version of the REBOL 3 open host kit, alpha 110, enables Syllable Desktop for the first time to run the REBOL 3 client/server RebDev collaboration application for chat and development files sharing (screenshot).
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RE[3]: Dead OS
by stippi on Thu 11th Nov 2010 22:50 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Dead OS"
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2006-01-19

Hm, but that is Syllable Server, i.e. Linux under the hood. As a Haiku developer who feels the pain of insufficient hardware support and sometimes lacking stability, I can really sympathize with trying to port your userland onto the Linux or another well established kernel. It's still sad, in a way, that this seems to be where the development resources are focused. At the same time, I wouldn't know at all where the development of Syllable is really currently focused on, since there has been like one or two posts to the Syllable mailing list in the last two years or so. Communication must be going on somewhere else, I suppose. Don't get me wrong, though! To start a clean, non-redundant userland on top of Linux is worthwhile in itself. I will be sure to checkout the results, but I am more interested in a desktop, not a server, don't know if it will ever take this direction.

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RE[4]: Dead OS
by Kaj-de-Vos on Fri 12th Nov 2010 00:20 in reply to "RE[3]: Dead OS"
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2010-06-09

I'm not sure if it makes a difference if I will explain this once more, because everyone seems to like to stick to these misunderstandings. But here goes.

Syllable development has not specifically refocused on Syllable Server. It's just an addition to the lineup. Moreover, since more than 99% of the source code of Syllable Desktop is third-party code, and it is shared by Syllable Server, and they also share the same build system, most work on Syllable Server is automatically also work on Syllable Desktop - even if it is not immediately followed by a release.

It is true that the release frequency of Syllable Desktop has slowed down a lot. However, this is not due to Syllable Server, but due to the build master of Syllable Desktop loosing interest over time. Syllable Server has never had frequent releases yet, and Syllable Desktop has now slowed down to the same pace. We've still been doing alternate releases. The most recent release is of Syllable Server, but before that the previous Server release was as long ago as the Desktop release is now.

Desktop and Server are developed in tandem, witnessed by the REBOL 3 ports to them, and that's how we always planned it.

It is true that our mailing list has dried up in the past two years, but this is not exclusive to Syllable. If you look around at other projects, there are many that show much the same phenomenon. I'm not entirely sure why this is. Personally, I've long predicted the death of email, and I think this is a symptom of it, and people are moving to more modern forms of communication. There's also a real problem that first Ubuntu, and now mobile OSes and also Windows 7, and in our case Haiku as well, have been sucking people away from Syllable. People have to remember that this is a volunteer open source project, which is not propelled forward by complaining or even declaring it dead at every occasion, but by contributing.

You're right that our communication is happening in a different place these days. Weren't you in our AltME system in the past? Anyway, as I've long said, everyone is welcome in there, but again, only few people bother. Everything should be in balance, so if people don't care enough about Syllable to even take a look, for example simply on our public web forum, why would we go out of our way to bring news to them? Still, we've always planned to open this up more, and we're working towards that, so far by constantly improving the websites, where you can read news somewhat regularly, including through RSS feeds.

Edited 2010-11-12 00:38 UTC

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RE[5]: Dead OS
by stippi on Fri 12th Nov 2010 14:27 in reply to "RE[4]: Dead OS"
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2006-01-19

I am relieved to hear that development has not refocused on Syllable Server. I don't quite agree with the idea that email is a dying medium of communication, especially in Open Source projects. In all projects that I take part in (AGG, WebKit, Haiku, XViD, FFmpeg, ...), email is the major communication channel for discussions, and IRC for real-time conversations. In my experience, many developers don't like forums in particular, since they have to invest more activity than to simply look at their email inbox. For some to me unknown reasons, many users like to use forums, though, especially in the Haiku project there is a disconnection between the forums and the mailing lists, since almost no developer looks at the forum posts. I have no experience with the AltMe platform, but to me it seems that since communication has shifted there, it made the Syllable project much less approachable and transparent. Of course that's entirely up to you guys, just offering my experience as someone who has been following the Syllable mailing list in the past.

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