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.

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Comment by andywoe
by andywoe on Sun 9th Sep 2018 21:27 UTC
andywoe
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2018-05-18

Anyone seen his video? He was extremely racist and misogyny was his second hobby - please don't invoke his illness as an excuse. Interesting guy, but hardly a nice guy.

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RE: Comment by andywoe
by JMcCarthy on Mon 10th Sep 2018 00:59 in reply to "Comment by andywoe"
JMcCarthy Member since:
2005-08-12

Mental illness is not an 'excuse'. What next, condemn a person with Tourette's?

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RE: Comment by andywoe
by tylerdurden on Mon 10th Sep 2018 03:51 in reply to "Comment by andywoe"
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2009-03-17

Holding a schizophrenic responsible for not having an agreeable personality is like blaming a paraplegic for not picking up their trash.

There is so much stigma and ignorance around mental illness in this world still... ugh.

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RE[2]: Comment by andywoe
by andywoe on Mon 10th Sep 2018 08:37 in reply to "RE: Comment by andywoe"
andywoe Member since:
2018-05-18

Holding a schizophrenic responsible for not having an agreeable personality is like blaming a paraplegic for not picking up their trash.

There is so much stigma and ignorance around mental illness in this world still... ugh.


So I happen to know Schizophrenia very well, my dad suffered from it and we did a lot of research during the early stages. One effect of the disease is that it *amplifies* your personality traits. Schizophrenia doesn't make you a racist, it makes you express it in clear terms.

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