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.

Thread beginning with comment 581140
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[3]: Comment by charlieg
by allanregistos on Tue 21st Jan 2014 04:42 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by charlieg"
allanregistos
Member since:
2011-02-10

"I have an old PIII laptop that I keep around for running native BeOS and old Windows games, and Syllable makes for a great modern OS for that machine.


So all these OSes are just used for old hardware which can be easily surpassed by a 40$ RaspberryPi which uses a lot less energy (~5W?).
" I think you have a point. If I can write my own OS, will just use ARM based CPUs to start with.

So why ? why still using these old OS while there is an alternative with many usable apps and support ?

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, ...
I think writing an OS is really a different field than graphics development. And I believe its fun to create an OS from scratch to see your creation blossoms as a full blown operating system is very rewarding. But I agree with you, they must use their talents to improve existing operating systems and their libraries.

Reply Parent Score: 1