Ping Kevin McAleavey re KNOS..??

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Longboard, Oct 18, 2009.

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  1. Longboard

    Longboard Registered Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    Sydney, Australia
    More Info and specifics.
    Big project a full OS. :eek:
    You've made some serious claims so far in the teasers here and there and the screenies here:

    video players and flash ??
    wireless ??
    codecs ??
    Apps etc etc
    exploits being forwarded in e-mails ??
    Repos ??

    Heh: hard for me to frame a coherent question o_O

    You able to comment on where are you up to ??
  2. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

    May 9, 2005
    I've read about it and two things come to mind:

    An OS where you don't need firewall or AV: Ubuntu, for example :)
    An OS where rebooting deletes all traces: Ubuntu live CD :)

    Not a bad idea, but developing OS takes time and dedication ...

  3. Kevin McAleavey

    Kevin McAleavey Security Expert

    Dec 8, 2003
    Upstate New York
    Well GREETZ, mate! Long time no hunt and peck on the keyboard! :)

    Well then ... on with it!

    video players and flash ?? Check ...
    wireless ?? Check ...
    codecs ?? Everything from Real to HTML5 to WMV to MOV, Check ...
    Apps etc etc Check, check, Czech, check, check ...
    exploits being forwarded in e-mails ?? User option, though we'd prefer you don't send any to others ...
    Repos ?? No, once you have it, we won't take it away. Heh. Actually, the plan here is to offer numerous variations, already built for you.

    And no worries as to coherence, we do as much of that for you already so you don't have to. Wobblies not included. :)

    Yes, a formidable project indeed, but one that was an absolute pleasure to engage in. What took us years was finally being able to get Flash going in BSD and fortunately some maintainers found a way to get around Adobe's refusal to do so, and it works famously. The client is just about fully done, the hangup is what needs to be done on the server side of the clouds and the funding to accomplish that part. But it's certainly sufficiently useful as it currently sits.
  4. firzen771

    firzen771 Registered Member

    Oct 29, 2007
    sounds pretty good :thumb:
  5. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

    May 9, 2005
    Hey Kevin,

    Never had a chance to chat with you in the past, but this seems like a good opportunity.

    To be the devil's advocate on this one:

    What is going to make KNOS unique compared to either Windows or OSX, since both cater to somewhat different crowds? In other words, you need something that will bind all these users to your concept ...?

    Availability, what about games or "popular" apps? This is a rather sore point for Linux users, it's an even bigger issue for BSD users. Someone using an OS with the rather distinctive Windows-like look is probably going to expect more Windows-like things from it.

    Support wise, do you know how long the life cycle of the OS is going to be? 2-3 years, 5 years, 10 years? It won't be easy beating MS on that one. As to releases, do you expect to have a rolling release or perhaps yearly or bi-yearly releases or such?

    Security, how can you prevent users from self-inflicted damage, as in users deliberately bypassing built-in security measures to get what they want?

    One thing I would comment on early on - the pale-blue Windows theme is really homely, in my opinion, I would swap it for something more elegant and with better contrast. A Gnome theme like Clearlook come to mind, maybe something similar to gOS.

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