Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Jan 2014 11:16 UTC, submitted by andymc
OSNews, Generic OSes

We report regularly about Visopsys - one of the few hobby operating systems that survived where virtually all the others (SkyOS, Syllable, etc.) died out. They've got a new website, which seems like a nice occasion to give it some attention again.

The bulk of Visopsys is a fully multitasking, 100% protected mode, virtual-memory, massively-monolithic-style kernel. Added to this is a bare-bones C library and a minimal suite of applications - together comprising a small but reasonably functional operating system which can operate natively in either graphical or text modes. Though it's been in continuous development for a number of years, realistically the target audience remains limited to operating system enthusiasts, students, and assorted other sensation seekers.

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RE[4]: Comment by charlieg
by acobar on Mon 20th Jan 2014 14:23 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by charlieg"
acobar
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2005-11-15

hardly "losing their life"


While I agree that the knowledge acquired on such projects can not be equaled to "losing their life" and many times prove to give new insights to coders about OS inner machinery, it is also a fact of life that the choices we made affect what we can achieve. Perhaps, it would be more useful to get acquainted to other subjects but who is going to be sure which one would be that on a field that changes so fast? The amount of inner knowledge we have to "throw away" on computing is overwhelming but we have no option but deal with it, somehow.

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RE[5]: Comment by charlieg
by RobG on Wed 22nd Jan 2014 14:19 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by charlieg"
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2012-10-17

"a field that changes so fast".

In hardware terms, yes. Software, however, is one of the most reactionary disciplines that exists. To be successful, anything new must function exactly the same as the previous generation. Innovation does not happen that way.

Don't just take my word for it. Alan Kay and Rob Pike have expressed much the same opinion.

(Rob Pike on Systems: http://herpolhode.com/rob/utah2000.pdf)
(Alan Kay with DDJ: http://www.drdobbs.com/architecture-and-design/interview-with-alan-...)

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