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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RE[2]: Strange as he was
by boblowski on Sat 8th Sep 2018 10:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Strange as he was"
boblowski
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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.

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