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Why I hack at new operating systems

Posted on | July 30, 2008 | 1 Comment

I have been asked several times why I prefer to work on HelenOS instead of the Linux kernel or GNU programs.

The answer is simple, working on something new is more fun and I don’t like assigning my copyright to the FSF. Today I have been working on porting my brain dead shell to HelenOS, which has a very limited libc.

During the process the build broke .. ugh oh, no strdup() .. so I wrote strdup() and sent a patch against the userspace libc. What does this do for me? It makes me a better programmer while enjoying what (used to be) a hobby again. I had a lot of fun studying Helen’s vfs server (its a microkernel OS) and sending patches to make it work as-is.

I guess I just flock to projects that do not hope to gain ‘big industry’ attention and venture capitalists. I like projects that want to do something innovative for the sake of doing it .. not to get rich.


One Response to “Why I hack at new operating systems”

  1. Jakub Jermar On HelenOS : Echoreply
    August 20th, 2008 @ 5:17 pm

    [...] on the from-scratch Spartan microkernel. An important disclaimer, I am a contributor to HelenOS for my own reasons. My status as a contributor did not stop me from challenging Jakub with interesting [...]

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