WSJ has an article on OpenBeOS featuring Michael Phipps, Timothy Lord from Slashdot and Eric Raymond. “As far as I can see, OpenBeOS is more an admirable aesthetic experiment,” says Timothy Lord. “As it is,” he adds, “they’re esoteric among esoterica.”“I like simple designs,” says Mr. Phipps, who has been programming computers since he was eight years old. His goals for OpenBeOS include keeping the code pithy, keeping it well organized, and making sure it runs software rapidly.Despite its technical merits, Mr. Raymond doubts that OpenBeOS will ever be widely adopted. (And, it should be noted, even Mr. Phipps recognizes that OpenBeOS faces a tough future.)
Within the open-source community, Linux is the favored operating system. As such, Mr. Raymond believes programmers will be more inclined to take OpenBeOS’s admirable traits and roll them into Linux rather than actually use OpenBeOS. Still, Mr. Raymond believes the BeOS architecture is alluring, and he believes a critique used by bridge builders is apt.
Take Linux, a variant of the three-decades-old Unix platform, that has its feet firmly locked in tradition. It is unquestionably robust. It runs a large collection of powerful software. And it’s clunky, Mr. Phipps says. Mr. Phipps hopes his group will have completed an alpha or beta release — programming jargon for test versions of software, with the latter more developed than the former — by August, OpenBeOS’s two-year anniversary. By then, OpenBeOS will have a new name to avoid any conflict with Palm.
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