We have ended up in a world where UNIX and Windows have taken over, and most people have never experienced anything else. Over the years, though, many other system designs have come and gone, and some of those systems have had neat ideas that were nevertheless not enough to achieve commercial success. We will take you on a tour of a variety of those systems, talking about what makes them special.
In particular, we’ll discuss IBM i, with emphasis on the Single Level Store, TIMI, and block terminals Interlisp, the Lisp Machine with the interface of Smalltalk OpenGenera, with a unique approach to UI design TRON, Japan’s ambitious OS standard.
This is an hour-long watch, but I’m getting some coffee and snacks ready this weekend. This seems like total OSNews bait.
Bloody hell… resetting the password on this old account of mine was a PITA 😀
Anyway… I just wanted to say: Thom… you were right about this being a total OSNews bait… so much that I HAD to comment on that (after a gazillion years of lurking from the RSS side).
Regarding the video… too bad that the audio quality hampered my ability to properly understand portions of it (my “English” being self-taught certainly didn’t helped with that). Still. seeing the first speaker chuckle (twice!) at that issue with C compilers and the size of ints on that Lisp machine… made my day 😀
Ah, yes, that was a couple of years ago now, I think, but a great talk.
It was on Lobste.rs a year ago:
And Hackernews last April:
(Links in case the discussion should prove interesting.)
Can’t watch now, but AS 400 would be my pick. IBM was awful to deal with in a lot of ways, but there are some really cool tech they had built in and it ran on really reliable servers, but its so different from Unix. I think you could still find useful features of it to grab and throw in linux or a completely new operating system, maybe you’d get sued IDK I’m not a lawyer.
Miss the BeOS days, and even more I miss the TOS, and even even more I miss the old days of 8 bits microcomputing here in Europe when it was like a Choose your own adventure book in terms of quantity and quality of computers and systems…