Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th Sep 2018 00:03 UTC, submitted by hornett
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Terrence Andrew Davis, sole creator and developer of TempleOS (née LoseThos), has passed away at age 48. Davis suffered from mental illness - schizophrenia - which had a severe impact on his life. He claimed he created his operating system after having spoken with and receiving instructions from god, and he was a controversial figure, also here on OSNews, for his incomprehensible rants and abrasive style towards OSNews readers and staff. We eventually had to ban him, but our then-editor Kroc Kamen worked with him in 2010 to publish an article about his operating system despite his ban.

Davis was clearly a gifted programmer - writing an entire operating system is no small feat - and it was sad to see him affected by his mental illness. I mourn his passing, and I wish his family and friends all the strength they need in these trying times. His family and friends are asking people to donate to "organizations working to ease the pain and suffering caused by mental illness", such as The Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation or the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

I hope he found peace - wherever he may be.

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Comment by raom
by raom on Sat 8th Sep 2018 01:29 UTC
raom
Member since:
2016-06-26

Are you absolutely sure? The reddit thread from a quick google search still says unconfirmed. Incredibly sad if true, the man was a genius and some of his rants were composed of undilluted, hard truth.

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RE: Comment by raom
by Drumhellar on Sat 8th Sep 2018 02:09 in reply to "Comment by raom"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

The TempleOS page says it's true.

http://www.templeos.org

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RE[2]: Comment by raom
by zima on Tue 11th Sep 2018 11:39 in reply to "RE: Comment by raom"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Not sure his homepage can be trusted - for example, making up his own death probably wouldn't be the weirdest thing he did... But I suppose it's confirmed now. :/

Too bad how he ended up. :/ I mean, in the past people with similar conditions would often be hailed as prophets, or shamans, or mystics...

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RE: Comment by raom
by pamiro on Sat 8th Sep 2018 21:30 in reply to "Comment by raom"
pamiro Member since:
2018-09-08

I have lurked on this website close to 10+ years now and i had to make an account just for this. I have never been more gobsmacked by a comment than yours. What hard truths did Terry Davis have? Was it that the NSA was listening to his words and that his operating system was god? Was it that his race rantings and calling everyone he disagreed with the N word? Maybe it was the fact that so many people excuse rampant insanity and racism with it because hey look at this amazing thing he did that served no real purpose but to compound a very very very sick man's sickness. A man who refused to take medication and was on public assistance because of his lack of self care. Not only that but that people looked up to him because they though he was some sort of prophet or "redpill" truths. Seriously this man was a sad sad man and its better for him and the world that he no longer is ranting to the world and somehow gaining a open eared audience.

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RE[2]: Comment by raom
by BeamishBoy on Sun 9th Sep 2018 22:22 in reply to "RE: Comment by raom"
BeamishBoy Member since:
2010-10-27

I think it would be best for everyone if you'd go back to lurking.

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RE[2]: Comment by raom
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 10th Sep 2018 12:36 in reply to "RE: Comment by raom"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Agreed, he didn't tell any hard truths or very little truth at all. But I think most rational people would have wished that his abusive behavior could have come at the hands of a mental healing rather than his death.

Treatment can work, but its such an odd individualized disease. Medications that work great for years, can suddenly stop working, finding a drug that is effective can take years..

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