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Open Source Operating Systems

A Talk With Syllable OS Lead Developer Kaj de Vos 121

Posted by timothy
from the why-isn't-monosyllabic? dept.
angry tapir writes "I recently had a chance to interview Kaj de Vos, the lead developer of Syllable: An open source desktop operating system that's not based on Linux nor one of the BSDs. There's a write-up of the interview here, which includes some background on the project. I have also posted the full Q&A, which is very long but definitely worth a read."
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A Talk With Syllable OS Lead Developer Kaj de Vos

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  • Why assembly? (Score:1, Interesting)

    by unixisc (2429386) on Tuesday August 30, 2011 @02:51AM (#37250564)
    Why did they code it in assembly? Given that the x86 world is, as the interviewers stated, b/w Windows/OS-X and Linux/BSD, couldn't they have done it in C, and let some other microprocessor vendors based on things like MIPS, Power, ARM, et al spin boxes w/ these?
  • by oever (233119) on Tuesday August 30, 2011 @05:13AM (#37251080) Homepage

    That sounds very much like Android Intents [android.com] and Activities [android.com].

    An Intent provides a facility for performing late runtime binding between the code in different applications. Its most significant use is in the launching of activities, where it can be thought of as the glue between activities. It is basically a passive data structure holding an abstract description of an action to be performed.

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