Linked by Kaj-de-Vos on Thu 20th Dec 2012 00:22 UTC
Syllable, AtheOS As the Syllable project predicted many years ago, version 3 of the REBOL programming language has finally been open sourced, under the Apache 2 licence (screenshot on Syllable Desktop). Also, the alpha version of the high-level Red programming language, supporting Syllable Desktop, has been released, by now in version 0.3.1 (screenshot, demo program, video at the Science Park in Amsterdam).
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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Thu 20th Dec 2012 12:20 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

Yes, I do, but Linux filled a space: a UNIX like system on home computer hardware. Minix wasn't up for it and real UNIX wasn't either.

A new operating system, like Syllable, needs to (IMHO) offer more than just being fast on an old computer. For a computer to be useful you need applications and if these are just Firefox, OpenOffice and the usual others I wonder why not just install Linux.

What I personally would like to see is an operating system that operates in a new and original way, with it's own original software. Sure stuff can be ported too, but in addition to original software. Microsoft Office for Windows and for Mac are different yet somewhat the same.

Syllable has its own kernel and file system, that's a nice thing for starters. But for a user that's behind the scenes stuff, if all it does is run Firefox it might as well be a Linux distribution.

I wonder also if the goal, to be a fast user friendly desktop OS, is a realistic one if you can't sync your iPhone to it, run the latest version of Flash, use all the features of a desktop printer or do other modern things.

Considering the competition in that area of Windows, OS X and Linux it will never capture much of a user base.

Apparently it once started as an AmigaOS clone. If they'd stuck with that it would have been a more unique goal. Still a small following, but it would not be in the same pond as Windows, OS X and Linux.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by Kaj-de-Vos on Thu 20th Dec 2012 12:28 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
Kaj-de-Vos Member since:
2010-06-09

That's exactly what Syllable is. As I said, it has a collection of native applications that you won't find anywhere else, and it has a software development environment that's easier than many others so you can develop more native applications of your own.

In addition, there's ported software, but you seem to contradict yourself on that. Would you rather not have ported software be available, or would you want the operating system to be unable to get software ported?

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Thu 20th Dec 2012 12:54 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

It's okay to have some stuff ported. The Amiga had WordPerfect, OS X has Microsoft Office, but these were/are not exact ports. Also both systems had a lot of unique software.

It would a shame really if everything on Syllable were exact ports.

I can't get the image to work, although if I play around with the settings I can get it to freeze different ways during boot. I'll try it on a real computer at home.

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by cipri on Thu 20th Dec 2012 12:59 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
cipri Member since:
2007-02-15

and it has a software development environment that's easier than many others


Yes, in the sense, that Notepad is easier than Microsoft Office 2013.

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