Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th Sep 2018 00:03 UTC, submitted by hornett
OSNews, Generic OSes

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.

Thread beginning with comment 662129
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Strange as he was
by Dasher42 on Sat 8th Sep 2018 04:35 UTC
Dasher42
Member since:
2007-04-05

Strange as he seems, there is a profound beauty in how he put so much effort into giving what he saw as the best to others.

Edited 2018-09-08 04:36 UTC

Reply Score: 1

RE: Strange as he was
by theuserbl on Sat 8th Sep 2018 09:02 in reply to "Strange as he was"
theuserbl Member since:
2006-01-10

Strange as he seems, there is a profound beauty in how he put so much effort into giving what he saw as the best to others.

Wrong. He don't see it as the best for others.
Read the Wikipedia article for it.

ThempleOS needs a x86_64 Computer.
It have a nice shell and so on.
But it is limited to 640x480 pixels with 16 colors, because God says him, that the OS should have that limitations. There is no technical reason in modern times to have not more colors. That's the CGA color range.

He have written the OS in 9 years with its own C-dialect (holyC) as interpreter and so on.
So you can see, that he was a very talented developer.
It is sad, that God don't say to him to work on Linux, Haiku or ReactOS to create the best and usefull Operating System ever. Instead of that God says to him, to create an Operating System with limitations (resolution, colors, no network, ...). An Operating System which have and will be having a user-base near or exactly zero.

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE[2]: Strange as he was
by boblowski on Sat 8th Sep 2018 10:01 in reply to "RE: Strange as he was"
boblowski Member since:
2007-07-23

It is sad, that God don't say to him to work on Linux, Haiku or ReactOS to create the best and usefull Operating System ever. Instead of that God says to him, to create an Operating System with limitations (resolution, colors, no network, ...). An Operating System which have and will be having a user-base near or exactly zero.


You're missing Dasher42's sentiment. The beauty of human willpower and motivation often has very little to do with the sense or practical usability of the outcome of the endeavor.

Reply Parent Score: 6

RE[2]: Strange as he was
by Dasher42 on Sat 8th Sep 2018 18:53 in reply to "RE: Strange as he was"
Dasher42 Member since:
2007-04-05

I'm referring more to his biography where there were times that he gave every dollar he had to poorer people than himself.

All of this, and what you're mentioning too, does reflect a warped cognition, but sometimes, the quality of a mentally ill person's heart comes through all the crazy.

Reply Parent Score: 3

RE[2]: Strange as he was
by Vistaus on Sun 9th Sep 2018 09:57 in reply to "RE: Strange as he was"
Vistaus Member since:
2018-03-21

But it also said that he used TempleOS to surf the internet. How is that possible without network support?

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE[2]: Strange as he was
by JMcCarthy on Mon 10th Sep 2018 00:48 in reply to "RE: Strange as he was"
JMcCarthy Member since:
2005-08-12

ter.
It have a nice shell and so on.
But it is limited to 640x480 pixels with 16 colors, because God says him, that the OS should have that limitations. There is no technical reason in modern times to have not more colors. That's the CGA color range.


There's a completely valid technical reason (which you'd know if you had even bothered to read the linked article.) Without proper graphics drivers you: have no acceleration b.) are limited to whatever modes specified by the VBE. I think 1280X1024 is the highest 'official' mode though some support 1600x1200x24. 640x480xX is the lowest common denominator. Anything beyond that and complexity skyrockets -- and for no real reason because without acceleration it's going to be __SLOW__

He have written the OS in 9 years with its own C-dialect (holyC) as interpreter and so on.
So you can see, that he was a very talented developer.
It is sad, that God don't say to him to work on Linux, Haiku or ReactOS to crneate the best and usefull Operating System ever.

You seem to fundamentally misunderstand its purpose and reason for being. Yeah "God" told him to write and design it in a certain way, but even his god has a certain underlying logic, it wasn't just random arbitrary decisions. Fundamentally he was trying to create an operating system and environment where you could learn and experiment with writing operating systems and other low level code in a live environment. He was trying to give to a modern audience what people in the 80s and prior had with the C64 and its predecessors, where this kind of thing wasn't limited to the 'professionals' or super programmers but your average person. Projects like Linux, ReactOS, or Haiku are completely unsuited for this task. They are too massive, too advanced and complex for even most programmers, forget about someone just now beginning to dip their toes in the water.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[2]: Strange as he was
by The123king on Tue 11th Sep 2018 07:09 in reply to "RE: Strange as he was"
The123king Member since:
2009-05-28

I can't exactly blow my nose on the Mona Lisa. That serves very little purpose yet people have admired it for hundreds of years

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE: Strange as he was
by pamiro on Sat 8th Sep 2018 21:34 in reply to "Strange as he was"
pamiro Member since:
2018-09-08

I see no beauty in madness like his. I just see fear and heartache and a depressing fact people worshiped him for his mentally ill and racist derived rantings.

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE[2]: Strange as he was
by tylerdurden on Sat 8th Sep 2018 22:50 in reply to "RE: Strange as he was"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

I see people like you to be orders of magnitude more dangerous than this poor sick person.

Nobody is or was "worshiping" him.

Stop perpetuating the stigma and abuse mental health patients have to endure. Your concern trolling is far from enlightened, is downright medieval... ironically.

Reply Parent Score: 6