At its core, OSNews is a site driven by interesting content about alternative Operating Systems. As such, we’re introducing “OSNews Alternative OS Contest,” a contest aimed at getting back to our roots and generating interest and publicity in alternative Operating Systems. Read on for the rules & prizes.
In order to participate in the OSNews Alternative OS contest, you must write a feature length article (at least 500 words) about your experience with an alternative OS. Your alternative OS should be an operating system other than Windows, Mac OS, Linux, xBSD, or Solaris. If you are unsure of whether or not an operating system qualifies, email me at adam at osnews dot com or see below. If it isn’t made by Microsoft or Apple and isn’t built on a Linux or Unix kernel, it probably does.
…basically, tell us how your OS works, and how it’s different from everything else we’ve used.
We will be awarding up to 5 two years subscriptions to OSNews and up to 10 one year subscriptions to OSNews as prizes. In addition, we have other prizes, such as an mp3 player, books, and more. Details and quantity of prizes will depend on the number of qualified submissions.
Winners will be notified via email and their work will be featured on the website. We will run the winning entries in succession over the course of several days or weeks, again, depending on the number of accepted entries. By submitting your work to OSNews, you are allowing us to exclusively publish your work on our website. You may not republish the same article elsewhere for 30 days.
Here are some of the specifics:
We will be judging completely subjectively based on many factors, including: quality, depth, readability/clarity, grammar, and uniqueness. If the articles are worthwhile and different enough, we may accept two reviews of the same OS. We want give away prizes, so there’s no reason not to fire up Minix3 and get crackin’.
If you’re looking for a starting off point, we would love to see comprehensive reviews of:
The Haiku Project link is broken (a typo, it seems). Please fix. 🙂
Also, I think this is a great initiative!
This is why i read osnews!
The idea of using prizes to spur creativity and research is a technique that is known to be very effective. Witness the recent DARPA Grand Prize and the X-Prize tournaments. While the OS-Newsproposed contest is partially meant to be a promotion for OS-News (nothing wrong with that), it will also be beneficial in publicizing alternative OSes. Question is, does the world really need another me-too operating system? I don’t think so. This contest runs the risk of being just another appeal to a relative small community of alternative OS fanatics who are in it mostly for the fun of it. What would be nice is a contest that offers a substantial prize ($millions a la X-Prize) for the development of a new OS that solves a particularly pressing problem in the industry. I suggest that the most pressing problem faced by the computer industry is not power management or processing speed. The biggest problem in the industry is software reliability. How about a $10-million prize for the first comprehensive OS that is guaranteed 100% bug-free? Not an easy thing to do and the rules would have to be worked out so as to be unambiguous on the meaning of bug-free. Let me suggest that OSNews get together with the X-Prize commitee (or DARPA, or whoever) and convince them of the potential bebefits of such a prize.
I’ll be frank (shameless plug), I am proposing this contest because I believe I could put together a team to win it. It has to do with my faith in non-algorithmic, signal-based, synchronous software. I don’t believe that unreliability has to be an essential charateristic of complex software systems.
Edited 2006-06-16 18:47