Do you believe in evolution of an operating system? Can a system get all the nice features thanks to it? Can it stay backwards compatible?

What do you think? What would be your preference?

11 thoughts on “Evolution?”

  1. For an amiga like OS, I would like to have :
    * Memory protection
    * amiga file structure (in userland)
    * Fully supported systems (eeepc or others)
    * Integrated 68k emu
    * Modern browser
    * Fast and responsive GUI, even at low RAM and heavy disk access
    * Screen dragging or other fancy way to toggle different screens (no cube, maybe the compiz ring switcher)
    * Non bloated 🙂
    * wifi support with WPA
    * A fake PAL/NTSC screen mode
    * RAM disk

    Well, that should be something to start with 🙂


  2. I don’t really know what you mean by this:

    “Can a system get all the nice features thanks to it?”

    I’ve said on IRC before and I’ll say it again, for AROS, no backwards compatibility is hindering it now. For other OSes, yes they can retain backwards compatibility but they should try to deprecate features in a more timely manner than they do.


  3. Agree with the first poster list except the compiz feature. Too Linux for me. Fantastic project!

  4. oh yes please please please as little linux as possible.. linux is nice for developers maybe..
    when i left the amiga i dealt with a lot of windows, linus, beos and finally went to mac os 8/9 — when os x was introduced i was first sceptical, then enthusiastic, and now mostly content, but i hate the undelying structure. even if it is hidden for day-to-day usage, i hate to know that this cluttered stuff is down there somwhere – i can feel it’s presence.. aarrrgh it’s coming to get me.. i can feel its sterile technobreath.. oh my god, please .. it’s coming.. aaargh

  5. – backward compatible in a sandbox who emulate deprecated API & CPU. The loss of speed can be compensated by always evolving hardware (see 68k emulation for Morphos/Aos4, good speed even on an Efika)

    – no need to warm/cold boot to restart AROS. We all know that we have no MP thus leading to a very sensible OS. This would mean adding a lower layer hosting AROS and moving the drivers there. Something like quark kernel (Morphos). This would allow reseting AROS and rebooting in no time (like we all did with RAD: fifteen years ago…). This would open the path to virtualization. Multiple instances of AROS running side by side. Shared clipboard, display & FS is a must then… 🙂 Breaking an instance would not melt all the computer but the VM. This would maybe allow SMP as well.

  6. If it at all possible, I'd like to see some day operating system that is conceptually similar to AmigaOS, ie.

    – fast & responsive (that's what I've always liked about the OS, its near real-time responses)
    – lean and mean
    – screen handling
    – system wide scripting language with possibility to control applications (something relatively simple to learn would be advantage here, so that non-programmers are not discouraged)

    In addition to the above
    – pack in memory protection, resource tracking, whatever (I'm not programmer) so that your system doesn't crash esily
    – take all the good stuff unix/bsd provide, this certainly doesn't need to be re-created (shell…)
    – have it running on standard, cheap hardware

    What a nice dream is it 🙂 Good luck with your efforts! I'll for sure contribute and translate it to my native language once there'll be something to play with…

  7. Most important

    Super fast boot times.
    Under 20 sec would be a WHOW-factor. Bootimes over 30 + sec.
    is just not Amigaish to me.

  8. BeOS and it soon replacement Haiku does it all for me.


    The file structure. BeOS is better than Windows or Linux (have not looked at OS-X), but nothing to date beats Amiga’s design, not to mention the added redirection using ASSIGN.

    There is still room for even a better new OS to come along.

  9. Logic file structure.
    Simple yet powerful GUI.
    No stupid package managing.
    Binary compatible through releases.
    Non bloated (no X server, no GTK and Qt and many other GUI toolkits running at once).
    My A1200 was like this 🙂

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