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OS I'd Most Like To See Make a Comeback

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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
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OS I'd Most Like To See Make a Comeback

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  • VMS (Score:5, Funny)

    by tqft (619476) <ianburrows_au&yahoo,com> on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @04:34PM (#34565564) Homepage Journal

    Orthogonality FTW

    • The same thought I had, the moment I saw the poll.
    • I think I have some windows 2000 disks around here somewhere...

      Seriously, VMS had good and bad ideas behind it. The versioning file system was a great idea. So lets build proper version control into file systems. VMS didn't really go that far. I recall batch jobs failing after 2^15 invocations because their output file had exceeded the maximum number of versions.

      The logical name system was far ahead of anything in unix. Being able to change even process private logical names on the fly was convenient at tim

    • Re:VMS (Score:5, Informative)

      by Jethro (14165) on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @07:33PM (#34568110) Homepage

      Eh. VMS is the first multiuser OS I ever used, but the only thing I really miss is the ability to change the prompt to a crocodile.

      • by F34nor (321515)

        The Nipple (.)(.) with flashing red periods was my triumph prompt.

        The best though was the classmates who wrote a script that mirrored the logon sequence and made it look like you fat fingered the password then exited suppressing the logout messages. They got a teacher's account and read his e-mails that showed that he was a little too friendly with a recent student. Good times.

    • Re:VMS (Score:4, Informative)

      by commlinx (1068272) on Thursday December 16, 2010 @02:45AM (#34570984) Journal

      I used to use VMS extensively and recently felt like a blast from the past so picked up an OpenVMS Hobbyist CD for Alpha for 30 bucks, see [].

      You can pickup a free Alpha AXP emulator called FreeAXP from [] and once you've signed up at your local DECUS chapter (also free) to get license PAKs you're in business. Runs pretty well on a decent PC, seems close to the same speed as the last real AlphaServer I used which IIRC was about $150K.

    • Re:VMS (Score:5, Funny)

      by dargaud (518470) <slashdot2 AT gdargaud DOT net> on Thursday December 16, 2010 @12:19PM (#34574688) Homepage
      In the old days I've heard it said like this:
      VMS: designed by software engineers for scientists.
      Unix: designed by students for nobody in mind.
    • by edremy (36408) on Thursday December 16, 2010 @01:21PM (#34575630) Journal
      Came here to give props to VMS.

      I was sysadmin for a VAX cluster back in grad school- one day we came in and got a report that the machine was giving error messages when people tried to access files.

      It turned out the heads had smashed into the main system disk- total destruction. The OS barely noticed, other than it was unhappy it couldn't write log files or find some people's data for jobs.

      We had another time when a student accidentally ran the equivalent of a fork bomb on the system. It slowed down a bit after 12 hours or so. It just prioritized and dumped the rest into the queue- we never did find out how deep the queue was before we purged it.

      Yeah, it was clunky, ugly and tied really closely to the hardware. But damn was it reliable.

    • by bughunter (10093)

      Aye, I'd vote VMS, too.

      My slashdot handle is the correctly-spelled version of my VAX/VMS Process Name, from back when it was cool for us undergrads to include a line in our scripts, SET PROC /NAME=[handle], a new feature in version 2.0 that allowed us to change our process names to something less impersonal than our last name and last 4 digits of our student ID.

      Most people used their names or nicknames, and some people used recognizable aliases like "el_gato" or "deadbeef" but I thought it would b

  • by jeffmeden (135043) on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @04:40PM (#34565626) Homepage Journal

    Where is the "Linux" option??


    • by uniquegeek (981813) on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @05:00PM (#34565920)

      DOS is on there.

      *runs away, giggling*

    • by J4 (449)

      You mean *BSD

    • by mqduck (232646)

      I'm confused. What glory days of mainstream Linux success would you like to see come back?

  • Yeah, under the hood, it's a steaming pile of shit, but OSX is the reverse. If I want something solid and reliable that's a PITA for little stuff, I've already got Linux, thanks.
    • Re:Classic Mac OS (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Jethro (14165) on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @07:35PM (#34568142) Homepage

      That's kinda funny, I wouldn't have touched a Mac with a 10' pole if it wasn't for OS X. Then again I used to really like NeXTSTEP and I'm a UNIX guy, so I'm actually loving OS X. Linux is my choice for desktops (and servers and media center PCs), but my last few laptops were all Macs. My next one will be a Mac, too.

  • Newton OS (Score:3, Interesting)

    by justfred (63412) on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @04:51PM (#34565786) Homepage

    ...or parts of it, at least, like the shared data/soup model. In fact, it's surprising no one has built a good NewtOS emulator for the iPad.

  • by Per Wigren (5315) on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @04:51PM (#34565794) Homepage
    I voted AmigaOS because I still get a warm feeling in my heart whenever I think back at my Amiga days. However, where are OS/2, RISC-OS, NeXTSTEP/OpenSTEP and CP/M?
    • by rwa2 (4391) * on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @05:15PM (#34566198) Homepage Journal

      Shoot, I'm still looking for a half-decent migration path from PalmOS.

      GLaDOS might hopefully be on track for a comeback next year if we don't see any more delays...

    • by mini me (132455) on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @05:53PM (#34566800)

      NeXSTEP is still alive, it was renamed to OS X.

    • by Thelasko (1196535)
      Video Toaster FTW!
  • by Trip6 (1184883)

    You never forget your first...

  • OS/2 (Score:4, Insightful)

    by DarthVain (724186) on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @04:53PM (#34565820)


  • by Cochonou (576531)
    What about OS/2 ? I'm sure plenty of us played with 2.1, Warp or Merlin...
    • Re:OS/2 (Score:5, Insightful)

      by operagost (62405) on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @04:57PM (#34565878) Homepage Journal
      Most of what made OS/2 great, Microsoft has finally mastered.
    • by bloodhawk (813939)
      have computers progressed enough for warp or merlin to actually have enough resources to run well yet? :-).
    • by Jethro (14165)

      I missed out on OS/2.

      I remember trying to install OS/2 2.1, but it wasn't compatible with FRIGGIN ANYTHING. My standard joke at the time was that it wasn't compatible with the curtains, but seriously, the error code it gave said it wasn't compatible with the keyboard controller. THE KEYBOARD CONTROLLER.

      When Warp came out I wanted to try that, but at the time I had an EGA graphics card with a monochrome monitor (yes, EGA had a seldom-used Monochrome mode), which is the ONE mode that Warp wasn't compatible wi

  • Star Trek: The Original Series.
  • Multics (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

  • Mainly for the interface. Back then, Apple was serious about providing the best possible user interface, doing extensive research in the area. Since then, the HI research group has been shut down. Apple isn't following its own guidelines, with apps providing multiple nonstandard interfaces (occasionally crappy ones, too). New features in OS X are chosen because they look spectacular rather than work optimally (the Dock, for instance). Broken stuff (OS X Finder) remains broken for years. Apple's gone downhil

  • I want everything as a file as files I can share over the network. Simple distributed computing. Linux a Unix, only more so.
  • hp/ux (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @05:08PM (#34566058)

    I work as a cod fisherman on a boat and I just polled all of the boat guys and we all agree that hp/ux is basically the best os ever. back in the 1980s I worked as an I.T. guy for a company that sold 6-ft inflatable bulls and we had a mainframe that ran hp/ux. but we used IBM machines running dr-dos on our desks, so we had to tell net into the hp/ux machine. i don't remember the name of the tell net program but it cost $40 and the company paid for it by not buying coffee mugs to give away at the annual christmas/yom kippur party.

    anyway there was a pot smoker down the hall who didn't like hp/ux and liked to call it ph/ux instead (to make it a cuss). nobody liked him though because he was always late and wore teenage mutant ninja turtle shirts. also, hp/ux had a tool and I forget what it was called but it let you monitor the system, which was good. because you need to monitor the system very often. also you could run "ps" to view processes.

    so this is why I think most people would agree that hp/ux is the best

  • ... I voted for Univac because it sounds cool. Other than that, really not sure why there is a need to re-release these OS packages.

    If I were to ask for a re-release of an OS, it would be something that is not so bloatware.

    Now that I voted, I'll read some of the comments for education (and compelling reason for not voting for Univac?)

  • by rwa2 (4391) * on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @05:12PM (#34566126) Homepage Journal

    Oh, wait, it would be as old and outdated as Windows NT/2000 or the last version of Mac OS 9 by now. Oh how the future of our past has failed... to fail us.

  • by Geccoman (18319) on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @05:20PM (#34566308) Homepage Journal

    I want to be able to buy a Commodore 64. I just have to get a TV to hook it up to.

    • by stupidfoo (836212)

      You're able to buy them, on ebay or a variety of other sites. And the real gangsters get an actual Commodore 64 monitor.

  • Really, the only OS mentioned above that I would not like to see make a comeback is WinME.

  • MS-DOS 3.3 (Score:5, Informative)

    by EWAdams (953502) on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @05:36PM (#34566582) Homepage
    Reliable, simple, did everything I needed it to do.
  • MPE. I spent a fair amount of time working with HP1000s and HP3000s back in the early 80s. I found the hardware extremely dependable (once had to run critical reports for month end even though the AC was out and the room temp was over 100. The system never quit).

    MPE was such a straight forward yet robust OS compared to others of the time. Digital, Data General, Wang were carving out pieces of the mainframe world back in the late 70 and 80s. I feel they laid the foundation for seeing that computers could

  • by pavon (30274) on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @05:38PM (#34566608)

    To me the most interesting thing that got lost in the dustbin of history are computer architectures designed to support high level languages.

    We have this huge push for managed environments like .NET and Java as they are theoretically more secure because language constraints are enforced by the runtime environment, but this extra software runtime slows things down and adds memory overhead.

    Consider if things like private variables were enforced in hardware. This could be done in parallel to the task of computing the result, and thus wouldn't need to be any slower, it would just take more room on the die. So we could have our improved security on native code.

    This existed 40 years ago in the B5000. They continued for quite some time (bought by Unisys) but eventually lost out to mainstream processors. I don't know if the design was inherently slower, or if they just couldn't match Intel's fab capabilities.

    And that is just the start of the cool things you could do with higher-level hardware architectures. I would love to have seen what would have happened if the microcontroller didn't swallow up the entire market.

  • I saw someone post about DavrOS. It does not sound user friendly, but it does seem to support mobile toilet plunger control.
  • Microsoft BOB

  • RISC OS (Score:4, Interesting)

    by MathFox (686808) on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @05:42PM (#34566650)
    For the people that were lucky enough to use it on the Acorn Archimedes...
  • by feidaykin (158035) on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @05:45PM (#34566680) Journal
    But, BeOS does live on in Haiku. []

    I really loved BeOS back in the 90s. It was a solid, stable and insanely fast OS. Sadly I guess those things don't matter much when you've got nothing to run on it.
    • by Wowsers (1151731)

      When I was hunting around for a new OS to try as I was getting sick of DOS and Win and idiotic memory management for games etc., a magazine cover floppy?? had a Windows EXE of BeOS 5 Personal Edition. Now, considering it was actually running somehow on top of Windows, BeOS5PE was insanely fast, it ran multiple video clips AT THE SAME TIME with no frame drop, something that Windows could not do - it struggled with one video clip. The biggest problem is there was not enough applications, and it's image was it

  • by Chris Mattern (191822) on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @05:47PM (#34566704)

    Where's Multics?

  • Mac OS?

    (OS X is NOT Mac OS)

  • masochists on slashdot. Just look how many people voted for WinME.
  • by linebackn (131821) on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @06:20PM (#34567206)

    Somewhere in an alternate universe, the desktop market dominating VisiCorp has just unleashed the latest version of their world class operating system: Visi On 2011.

    Over at their competition, Apple CEO Steve Wozniak - to much fanfare as always - has unveiled the newest update to their ProDOS X operating system for their Apple 7e series personal mobile computing devices.

    Both of these feature the latest web browser, PATHWORKS Mosaic, from the internet search engine leader Digital Equipment Corporation.

    Being a weird twisted universe, of course they also have Linux - but it is written in Pascal.

  • by Caerdwyn (829058) on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @06:44PM (#34567546) Journal

    CP/M. You kids and your multitasking and Gooeys and Colonels... MEH

    Why, in my day, computers communicated with decks of punch-cards that were send by courier wrapped in brown paper. That's why they're called "packets". We piled them on top of the reader until we had time to get to them, and that was a company policy. That's why it's called "protocol stacks". And while we were waiting for communications to be established, we used the couriers to run homemade methamphetamines to each other. That's why it's called "Ethernet".

    Uphill. Both ways. In the snow. Beating off bears with our paper-tape reels. And the bears were GRATEFUL.

  • DOS (Score:5, Interesting)

    by michaelmalak (91262) <> on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @06:49PM (#34567604) Homepage

    DOS was so good that Microsoft had to take extra steps to kill it to allow Windows to be successful. The main hindrance of DOS was the 640K limitation, which was solved by DOS extenders. Microsoft killed DOS by killing DOS extenders. When Microsoft C/C++ 7.0 came out, Microsoft compiled its compiler with a DOS extender, but didn't allow users to compile their own software with a DOS extender! Along with my supervisor, I went to a Microsoft show hosted by a "Microsoft evangelist" (that's what they were called then), and my supervisor, irate with the lack of a Microsoft DOS extender, asked the evangelist when DOS extender technology was coming. The evangelist conferred quickly with his colleagues and then immediately shot back, "The DOS extender technology, yes that's a part of C/C++ 7.0" just to get rid of the question.

    Intel put out a great DOS extender and compiler called the Intel 386/486 Code Builder, but soon thereafter discontinued it -- many suspect due to Microsoft pressure.

    The only DOS extender left was Watcom, which is why so many videogames were compiled under Watcom.

    DOS was -- and continues to be -- great for embedded applications. It gives direct access to aall ports and interrupts. DOS continues to live iin the embedded world and with things like FreeDOS.

    DOS is dead. Long live DOS.

  • by AragornSonOfArathorn (454526) on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @07:08PM (#34567852)


  • by sootman (158191) on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @11:40PM (#34570054) Homepage Journal


    Linus T.
    University of Helsinki, Finland

  • by bcboy (4794) on Thursday December 16, 2010 @02:23AM (#34570902) Homepage

    I've used TRS-DOS, DOSPLUS, and others.

    What the hell is TRS-80 DOS?

    Damn kids.

  • by Xest (935314) on Thursday December 16, 2010 @07:28AM (#34571928)

    It has to be Windows ME hands down.

    I miss all the overtime pay.

  • by michelcolman (1208008) on Thursday December 16, 2010 @09:41AM (#34572616)
    I can't believe nobody has even mentioned that yet.
  • GNU/HURD (Score:4, Funny)

    by Nova Express (100383) <lawrenceperson@gmai[ ]om ['l.c' in gap]> on Friday December 17, 2010 @12:14AM (#34583936) Homepage Journal

    When it was released, GNU/HURD was far and away the fastest and most stable OS on DEC Alpha EV8 and PowerPC 620 based machines, and was the only thing that could run dBASE VIII, PageMaker 8.0, or Duke Nukem Forever at acceptable speeds.

  • by VincenzoRomano (881055) on Saturday December 18, 2010 @07:12AM (#34598644) Homepage Journal
    Of course!

I am a computer. I am dumber than any human and smarter than any administrator.


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