Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th May 2014 20:12 UTC, submitted by Premislaus
BeOS & Derivatives

My area of interest is broadly defined kernel development. In the spring of 2013 I implemented ASLR and DEP which caused minor confusion due to "activation" of bugs that have been hidden but I think that overall it worked out well for Haiku. Later I tinkered a bit with RTM (Restricted Transactional Memory), new extension introduced in Haswells but the code will need a lot of work before it will become usable. From October to mid-January, I was employed by Haiku, Inc. to work on the scheduler and adaptating Haiku for work on systems with more than one logical processor. Among other things, I got rid of the 8 processors limit, which was quite firmly rooted in the ABI inherited from BeOS.

Great interview with a low-level Haiku developer.

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Because they want to.
by mbpark on Sun 11th May 2014 20:21 UTC
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I think that criticizing people for working on something they want to is not a good choice.

People work on things because they want to. People work on these OSes because they want to learn how to program one. This is invaluable experience. Plus, it makes them happy to do so.

Just because something is not modern or cutting edge does not mean that someone is wasting their time working on it.

This is a site about Operating Systems aimed at people who love to discuss differing technologies, Taking an attitude toward someone for doing something different is contrary to that.

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RE: Because they want to.
by tylerdurden on Mon 12th May 2014 19:31 in reply to "Because they want to."
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What people do with their time and effort is their own business, and I don't feel anyone is entitled to rush onto a high horse in order to criticize other people's personal choices or preferences.

However, I feel that others should be perfectly entitled to criticize the results/production derived from those efforts, from a technical context/perspective. Specially once they're in the public domain.

Edited 2014-05-12 19:35 UTC

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RE[2]: Because they want to.
by mbpark on Mon 12th May 2014 21:38 in reply to "RE: Because they want to."
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Which was exactly what we did not see. We saw ad hominem attacks by someone who chose to insult people.

Technical criticism is one thing, esp. in the public domain. Outright slagging someone is another.

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