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 Laurence on Thu 20th Sep 2012 07:18 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: The hardest part"
Laurence
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I see what you're saying. I guess even if there wasn't a technical limitation, there might still be a political one as to have a universal driver format, you'd have to have a universal binary format. You raised a good point about how windows uses DLLs and Linux uses ko's. So on one OS, PE's are the preferred binary format and on the other -Linux- ELFs are.

I'm fairly certain I read somewhere that the Linux kernel is written in such a way that it can have support for other binary blobs (in fact a.out is still natively support), but the question is, would Linus, Redmond nor any of the other kernel devs want a "foreign" (for want a better term) executable format to be supported in kernel space? Maybe I'm just being naive or overly critical, but I couldn't see that happening.

You did also raise the point about compatible source code, but Linux has a hard enough time getting source code for things like 3D graphic acceleration and Wireless chipsets, so I couldn't see any universal model working unless it supported closed binary blobs.

I don't mean to be pessimistic as I think your idea is a great one. I'm just trying to understand the logistics of it all ;)

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