Terrence Andrew Davis, sole creator and developer of TempleOS (nÃ©e 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.