Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Sun 20th Feb 2011 06:38 UTC, submitted by brynet
OSNews, Generic OSes The 0.7 version of the Visopsys desktop operating system has been released. "More than four years in the making, this is a major new release offering an updated look and a number of new features, including JPEG image support, image resizing, 64-bit disk support, UDF (DVD) filesystem support, and GPT partition table support, as well as lots of new icons, wallpaper images, and file browsing functionality. New administrative applications and functionality have been added, and the ATA/IDE driver has been enhanced, including the ability to better support backwards-compatible SATA controllers. FPU context saving has been improved, and a number of tweaks and bug fixes are also included."
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by andymc on Sun 20th Feb 2011 15:14 UTC
andymc
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2005-08-29

Thanks to everyone for checking out the release.

It seems the standards of some people for hobby OSes have changed -- apparently now they're expected to be better than Windows? Or they're bad (old) if they've been in development for a while?

It also seems like the general comment quality on this site has taken a beating in the last couple of years. Getting closer to the Internet average, it seems. ;)

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by Neolander on Sun 20th Feb 2011 20:40 in reply to "Comments"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Heh, this is why in my kernel design article I've been talking about the "cool factor" ;) Technical achievements are not sufficient nowadays, OSs also have to be impressive in some unique way in order to go beyond a "meh" reaction.

I've tried the image myself, and I think that you have reached a nice technical level (although you really should consider embracing double-buffering, especially in the snake game, and I can't understand the controls of minesweeper : how do I put flags ?). But there's simply not enough "wow" around here, you should maybe work on that side of things.

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by andymc on Sun 20th Feb 2011 22:18 in reply to "RE: Comments"
andymc Member since:
2005-08-29

There's multi-buffering throughout the window system. The minesweeper game was written by a contributor; I've maintained it since then, but to be honest I've got higher priorities than perfecting that game.

Which brings me to the point that I disagree about 'bling'. It's funny how peoples' ideas of what an operating system should be, changed when Microsoft started including the kitchen sink in Windows.

Believe it or not, my Visopsys is probably one of the most heavily used hobby operating systems out there, though the users might not know it. http://partitionlogic.org.uk. After the last release, it was being downloaded ~200,000 times per month.

So, I disagree that technical achievements shouldn't be the primary concern of an OS developer; but to each their own, I guess. I guess it depends whether you're trying to impress people on the Internet, or trying to build something good.

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