Linked by David Adams on Wed 17th Aug 2011 05:55 UTC, submitted by cromat
OSNews, Generic OSes SilveOS is a familiar-looking desktop "operating system" within a silverlight app. Just fire it up using any browser with Silverlight installed and start poking around.
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Not an operating system
by kolmyo on Wed 17th Aug 2011 06:30 UTC
kolmyo
Member since:
2005-07-11

A web app that looks like a desktop is not an operating system. Calling it such is an insult to anyone who has ever tried to create one.

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RE: Not an operating system
by adinas on Wed 17th Aug 2011 09:31 in reply to "Not an operating system"
adinas Member since:
2005-08-17

It is as much an OS as Windows 3/95/98/me were

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RE[2]: Not an operating system
by sagum on Wed 17th Aug 2011 12:58 in reply to "RE: Not an operating system"
sagum Member since:
2006-01-23

It is as much an OS as Windows 3/95/98/me were


See OPs statement about being an insult.

Your statement and the people who continue to call these web apps an OS are insults.


Windows 3, 9x, me etc were and Operating system. Sure they needed DOS to boot, but thats like saying Linux isn't an OS because it needs Lilo or grub to boot, and the are far more advanced then a simple bootsector program now, they read and can write files to the disk.

When an application takes over system calls to the hardware THEN it is an operating system. Until then its just an application running on the platform its running on.

Windows 7 still uses the NT loader to get from the BIOS into the what we know as the Operating System.
As soon as the windows loads the kernel files, it takes over at the hardware level. Its then the Operating system of the computer.


Now, if the SilverOS was to create its own hardware emulation and run on top of that, you could argue that it was a virtualised OS running in the browser...


just sayin'

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RE[2]: Not an operating system
by Laurence on Wed 17th Aug 2011 12:59 in reply to "RE: Not an operating system"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

It is as much an OS as Windows 3/95/98/me were

I wouldn't even go that far.
Windows 9x had it's own driver model that could expose hardware functions.

This is just a graphical shell - and not even a good one. For example the web-browser is just an embedded trident frame. In fact if you middle click a link then the new window doesn't even open up in this "operating system", instead in a separate tab in the host browser.

Whats worse is this shell doesn't even add anything functional nor different to Windows' own shell - it literally just copies Windows, only badly and more fugly.

I'm all for hobbyist OSs and even web-shells as "proof of concept", but this servers literally no purpose nor point other than to kill a few hours of boredom for the developers.

Sorry if I sound harsh, but it's not an OS let alone a news worthy one.

Edited 2011-08-17 13:02 UTC

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RE[2]: Not an operating system
by Soulbender on Wed 17th Aug 2011 14:35 in reply to "RE: Not an operating system"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

No it isn't. Windows 95/98/Me are real operating systems, SivlerOS isn't. And before we go there; no, Windows 95/98/me was not glorified DOS shells.

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RE: Not an operating system
by BluenoseJake on Wed 17th Aug 2011 09:47 in reply to "Not an operating system"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

But one based on a web browser is? Thanks for clearing that up.

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RE[2]: Not an operating system
by Laurence on Wed 17th Aug 2011 13:42 in reply to "RE: Not an operating system"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

But one based on a web browser is? Thanks for clearing that up.

Erm, where did that come from?

If you're talking about ChromeOS, then that generally refers to the whole stack from the Linux kernel through to the Webkit shell rather than just the browser specifically

Edited 2011-08-17 13:53 UTC

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RE: Not an operating system
by abstraction on Wed 17th Aug 2011 10:41 in reply to "Not an operating system"
abstraction Member since:
2008-11-27

I couldn't agree more. At the same time most programmers can't distinguish between their ass and their face so I'm not surprised.

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RE: Not an operating system
by reez on Wed 17th Aug 2011 14:27 in reply to "Not an operating system"
reez Member since:
2006-06-28

A Silverlight application linked/embedded into HTML also isn't really a web app. ;)

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RE: Not an operating system
by David on Wed 17th Aug 2011 16:46 in reply to "Not an operating system"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

That's why I called it an "operating system" app.

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