Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Jan 2017 22:47 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes

Me, almost seven years ago (2010), about the dearth of news about alternative operating systems:

OSNews has moved on. As much as it saddens me to see the technology world settling on Macwinilux (don't flatter yourself, those three are pretty much the same), it's a fact I have to deal with. It's my job to fill OSNews with lots of interesting news to discuss, and even though I would love to be able to talk about how new and exciting operating systems are going to take over the desktop world, I have to be realistic too. Geeks (meaning you and I) have made a very clear choice, and it doesn't seem like anything's about to bring back those exciting early days of OSNews.

Me, almost four years ago (2013), about why there are no mobile hobbyist operating systems:

So, what is the cause? I personally think it has to do with how we perceive our smartphones and tablets. They are much more personal, and I think we are less open to messing with them than we were to messing with our PCs a decade ago. Most of us have only one modern smartphone, and we use it every day, so we can't live with a hobbyist operating system where, say, 3G doesn't work or WiFi disconnects every five seconds due to undocumented stuff in the chip. Android ROMs may sound like an exception, but they really aren't; virtually all of them support your hardware fully.

With people unwilling to sacrifice their smartphone to play with alternative systems, it makes sense that fewer people are interested in developing these alternative systems. It is, perhaps, telling that Robert Szeleney, the programmer behind SkyOS, moved to developing mobile games. And that Wim Cools, the developer of TriangleOS, moved towards developing web applications for small businesses. Hard work that puts food on the table, sure, and as people get older priorities shift, but you would expect new people to step up to the plate and take over.

So far, this hasn't happened. All we can hope for is that the mobile revolution is still young, and that we should give it some more time for a new, younger generation of gifted programmers to go for that grand slam.

I sincerely hope so.

I don't know, for some mysterious reason I figured I'd link to these seven and four year old stories.

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I miss those days
by mlankton on Tue 3rd Jan 2017 23:04 UTC
mlankton
Member since:
2009-06-11

I had white hardware with OPENSTEP as my main workstation from around 96-02, when I moved to mac. The rest of the home network back then was a fluctuating blend of Solaris, FreeBSD, BeOS, SCO, linux. Reading about Amiga, MorphOS and others was a future hardware shopping list. I still may end up with a new Amiga just to relive a little of that. I miss rolling up my sleeves and getting to know an unknown os and making it do what I want it to. Back then there were a lot of other os hobbyists and future sysadmins on irc. The mac gives me what I want most out of all the systems over time, but it's kind of like being with the same woman forever. I miss strange.

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RE: I miss those days
by leech on Tue 3rd Jan 2017 23:55 in reply to "I miss those days"
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

I keep thinking about getting an AmigaOne X5000... but I can't really justify it since I plan on getting a new house soonish. Not to mention I hardly have time to play around with my assortment of Atari STs, Atari 8bits and Amiga 4000D.

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