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[3]: Comment by charlieg
by thegman on Mon 20th Jan 2014 22:30 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by charlieg"
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Sometimes I ask myself why some developers who are expert enough to create an OS can't start writing useful things for Linux that only a small fraction can do it: OpenCL acceleration of apps, OpenGL Shaders, Graphics drivers, vector graphics rendering library, optimization, refactoring of huge and badly architectured apps, ...
They can even try breaking usual habits in computing and come up with new solutions not tested before.
(For BeOS, I remember the database-like filesystem, and the ultra massive use of threads)

IMHO, these guys are losing their life while they can become gods in an other world and another community.


I speak as a developer who would rather work on my own, unheard of project, than contribute to a well known project such as Linux.

Why? Well, it's mostly this:

If you're going to work on something for fun/interest/passion, I don't think I'd find that being a small cog in a big machine. I also don't think I'd find it working on 99% of projects out there, simply because I don't believe in them, I don't think that they're improving computing, simple as that. If you're working for money, then of course, that's a moot point.

Linux and it's associated projects are all well and good, but they're not going to change how think about and use computers. I don't think the Mac or Windows will either (they have in the past, but I doubt they will again for a long time).

But really, if someone wants to work on Visopsys, Syllable, then I think that they have a far greater chance of making something interesting and innovative than someone working on say, GNOME or KDE.

'Design by committee' is considered an insult in most circles, but that's exactly what you get in most large projects (open source or not), the smaller a project gets, and the fewer people you have working on it, the more likely you are to be able to move fast and get unusual ideas implemented, and not left on the sidelines.

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