Saturday, October 02, 2004

New open-source full GUI OS

The goal of Syllable is to create a reliable and easy-to-use open source operating system for the home and small office user. We also want to encourage developers to create an operating system that is intuitive, easy to use, and powerful.

Syllable is still being developed, but it is already stable and relatively mature, including the following features:

Booting usually takes less than ten seconds
A full GUI is built into the OS
Support for a wide range of common hardware devices, including video, network, and sound cards from manufacturers such as Intel, AMD, 3Com, nVidia, and Creative (see Azaka for a complete list)
Internet access through an Ethernet network (though PPP and PPPoE are not yet supported)
A graphical web browser (ABrowse) and e-mail client (Whisper), and hundreds of other native applications (see Kamidake for a complete list)
A journalled file system, modelled on the BeOS file system
An application launcher (like the Windows Start button)
99% POSIX compliance
GUI-based preferences tools for networking, display preferences, user administration, etc.
The entire source is available via the GPL
An object-oriented programming API

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