Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Sep 2012 16:56 UTC, submitted by Andy McLaughlin
OSNews, Generic OSes "Visopsys (VISual OPerating SYStem) is an alternative operating system for PC-compatible computers, developed almost exclusively by one person, Andy McLaughlin, since its inception in 1997. Andy is a 30-something programmer from Canada, who, via Boston and San Jose ended up in London, UK, where he spends much of his spare time developing Visopsys. We had the great fortune to catch up with Andy via email and ask him questions about Visopsys, why he started the project in the first place, and where is it going in the future."
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RE[5]: The hardest part
by ssokolow on Mon 17th Sep 2012 20:34 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: The hardest part"
ssokolow
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2010-01-21

To be honest, I find UEFI ominous because, apparently, most motherboard manufacturers start with Intel's reference implementation and end up with something as big and complex as an OS kernel.

It's bad enough that the motherboard's firmware now contains enough of a network stack to spy on you and phone home if subverted. Does it really also need to be so big that it's statistically guaranteed to have exploits?

(When this BIOS-based motherboard breaks, I'm either going to buy a replacement from the crop of pre-Win8 mobos or I'm going to start my shopping at the CoreBoot compatibility list.)

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RE[6]: The hardest part
by ssokolow on Mon 17th Sep 2012 21:59 in reply to "RE[5]: The hardest part"
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2010-01-21

Update: Here's are a couple of things on the pros and cons of UEFI and how they relate to Linux:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2aq5M3Q76U
http://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/11235.html

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RE[7]: The hardest part
by Alfman on Tue 18th Sep 2012 01:04 in reply to "RE[6]: The hardest part"
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2011-01-28

ssokolow,

Yea I know mjg59 isn't a big fan of UEFI, although I've only heard his take as it related to secure boot. I'll have to wait till I have more time to really follow your links. (very good find though, thanks for linking them!)

Regarding webcam compatibility, I haven't a clue what the box said, only that win7 was supported, which was good enough for me (user reviews revealed linux compatibility too). I don't mind that I needed a driver - the main point is that one is available. To me, the benefit of standard drivers would mean that manufacturer drivers could be loaded in independent operating systems even if manufacturers don't specifically cater to them. It would give a new breath of opportunity to homebrew OS developers.

Edited 2012-09-18 01:08 UTC

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