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operating system (os) : software that controls the operation of a computer and directs the processing of programs (as by assigning storage space in memory and controlling input and output functions) — Webster

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Operating system (OS) is a set of software that manages computer hardware resources and provides common services for computer programs. The operating system is a vital component of the system software in a computer system. Application programs require an operating system to function. — Wikipedia

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Future of operating systems: simplicity (David Gelernter, Computer World)

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OSNews Exploring the Future of Computing

  • Software disenchantment
    by donotreply@osnews.com (Thom Holwerda) on September 24, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    I've been programming for 15 years now. Recently our industry's lack of care for efficiency, simplicity, and excellence started really getting to me, to the point of me getting depressed by my own career and the IT in general. Modern cars work, let's say for the sake of argument, at 98% of what's physically possible with the current engine design. Modern buildings use just enough material to fulfill their function and stay safe under the given conditions. All planes converged to the optimal […]

  • Sculpt OS with Visual Composition
    by donotreply@osnews.com () on September 24, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    Sculpt is an open-source general-purpose OS based on the Genode framework. It combines a microkernel architecture, capability-based security, sandboxed device drivers, and hardware-virtualized guests in a novel operating system for commodity x86-64 hardware. The third version of Sculpt OS is now available under codename Sculpt VC. It is based on Genode OS framework release 18.08. "Sculpt with Visual Composition" takes a step forward to turn Sculpt into a useable system for a wider audience. […]

  • Marzipan: porting iOS apps to the Mac
    by donotreply@osnews.com (Thom Holwerda) on September 24, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    With macOS Mojave, Apple is adding support to run UIKit apps on macOS without the requirement of rewriting the UI in AppKit. While this isn't yet something that's officially supported for third-party developers, let's explore what to expect in 2019 and how to try it out today. Coincidentally, macOS Mojave has been released today as well, so head on over to the Mac App Store and update your Macs. […]

  • Microsoft Search will search across Office,...
    by donotreply@osnews.com (Thom Holwerda) on September 24, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Microsoft is unveiling an ambitious effort to overhaul its search experience in Office, Windows, Bing and more today. Dubbed Microsoft Search, the new search experience will first start appearing on Bing and Office.com today. Bing isn't going away, but Microsoft Search is the new name for a combination of Bing and the search results you might expect to find in Windows applications. It's designed to combine traditional search results with commands, app features, and personalized results. Search […]

  • The $12 "Gongkai" Phone
    by donotreply@osnews.com (Thom Holwerda) on September 24, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Recently, I paid $12 at Mingtong Digital Mall for a complete phone, featuring quad-band GSM, Bluetooth, MP3 playback, and an OLED display plus keypad for the UI. Simple, but functional; nothing compared to a smartphone, but useful if you're going out and worried about getting your primary phone wet or stolen. [...] How is this possible? I don't have the answers, but it's something I'm trying to learn. A teardown yields a few hints. These are amazing products for a specific niche, and […]