Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Feb 2012 13:50 UTC, submitted by Ducky Johnson
ReactOS Now this is what I like to see. Smaller, alternative operating systems have been dying by the dozens these past 6 years or so, so in order for the remainder to survive, they need to work together. ReactOS and Haiku have been doing that for a while now, and the latest fruits of this collaboration is a much-improved USB stack for ReactOS.
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RE[2]: By the dozen?
by umccullough on Tue 21st Feb 2012 20:24 UTC in reply to "RE: By the dozen?"
umccullough
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2006-01-26

SkyOS wasn't open-source though. It's next-to-impossible to kill a FOSS operating system. Look at AtheOS, that got abandoned, but got forked by the (albeit floundering) Syllable OS


Although, Cosmoe was also forked from AtheOS and is basically dead now...

But yes, it's hard to kill FOSS, it tends to just fizzle into obscurity, but the sources are likely still out there somewhere!

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RE[3]: By the dozen?
by henderson101 on Tue 21st Feb 2012 23:10 in reply to "RE[2]: By the dozen?"
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2006-05-30

But Cosmoe was a radical project. The developer (Bill was it?) was trying to get Atheos running on a Linux kernel to begin with... Then he decided to converge with BeOS. It was never very linear nor was it very organised.

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RE[4]: By the dozen?
by umccullough on Tue 21st Feb 2012 23:28 in reply to "RE[3]: By the dozen?"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

But Cosmoe was a radical project. The developer (Bill was it?) was trying to get Atheos running on a Linux kernel to begin with...


Funny, that's where Syllable eventually landed ;)

Then he decided to converge with BeOS.


Well, yes - and IIRC, he did even commit some code to Haiku.

It was never very linear nor was it very organised.


And this is probably the leading cause of alt-os death... which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Sometimes people just want to scratch an itch and try something new - if it works out, great! if it doesn't, oh well, at least they (and others following the progress) may have learned something, right?

Edited 2012-02-21 23:28 UTC

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RE[3]: By the dozen?
by zima on Tue 28th Feb 2012 02:08 in reply to "RE[2]: By the dozen?"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

But yes, it's hard to kill FOSS, it tends to just fizzle into obscurity, but the sources are likely still out there somewhere!

Killing it by abandonment is still a kill, I suppose...

I think one can find plenty of small abortive attempts, FOSS licensed, scattered throughout the web. And, lets be honest, no one will ever really pick up vast majority of them (of course, there's probably not much to pick up in many or most cases, not much code - so OTOH, should we count that which was never alive?)

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