Proposal: Operating Systems

If were all interested in making this group successful, we'll have to come up with more questions. Whether it'll be a good or bad question, it'll only help this proposal make progress. Good ones will show the true scope of this group and bad questions will show us what we want to avoid

Update 9/05/13

This is now the largest OS group on area51 now that Homebrew Operating System is closed and just rebooted. In the next week or so I hope on launching as many questions as possible that can benefit everyone. Keeping this group active will can benefit everyone.

Good time to start pumping the number of questions

Update 12/05/13

Good to see the group hasn't stopped growing. We do need more questions! and we have less than half a year to get to the goal. Please submit new questions and use your votes in this group. This will largely help make this group useful for you, the public and future users who run into OS problems.

note: if every user in the group used their 5 votes, we would already be in the commitment phase.

Update 2/02/14

We are less than 3 Months away, with Tons of Users yet Tons Questions remain to be asked. There are more than enough users, unfortunately no ones taking the initiative to ask questions any more, up/down vote and stay active. Please, if you can, take your time to ask possible questions and up vote others. There are tons of material to look at. If you are unaware of what there is, please see the scope of proposal section. Thanks

Update 3/31/14

We are less than 2 Months away, with Tons of Users yet a Good amount of Questions remain to be asked. Were almost there, keep the flow going guys! doing a great job. Thanks

Update 4/15/14

Congratulation, and thanks to all the support for helping make these 12 months not go to waist . I wan't to thank all of you for showing interest in this topic. We've had such good luck with popularity, however it took far longer to ask questions that were worth the up votes, that we almost ended up failing in this last month to reach the next phase. To everyone who has helped in contributing to this proposal,

kudos to you!

Update 8/7/14

Were making really great progress toward completing the 2nd stage of the proposal. But the real concern and work will come in the next stage. Don't forget we'll need every single one of you to help in what comes next in order to keep moving on from the beta. I also appreciate a lot of the comments people leave while committing to this proposal

Here are some of them:

"Even the folks who get paid to write them need help"

"I am an Os Developer & Feel like getting an Q&A Website would for OS is GOOD"

"Would love to see this SE."
-Ashish Kulkarni

"Should be fun to discuss OS internals and design!"

"I once dreamed to build my own operating system someday, but I realized I shouldn't because there wasn't enough time."

"x86/64 specialist here. OS development can be lonely and unforgiving world. This SE site could be a godsend. Let's make it work!"

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    When we want to collect also the people from the other closed proposals then we should extend this proposal to contain also implementation questions.
    – Uwe Plonus
    Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 7:02
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    @UwePlonus originally we had to avoid crossing into the scope of Homebrew Operating Systems, now they're just rebooting. So it's probbably a good time to take that approach.
    – Iancovici
    Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 10:32
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    Agree, this should be OS design, implementation, and possibly explanation.
    – mirabilos
    Commented Feb 28, 2014 at 14:03

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I'd like to add my support for expanding our scope to include OS implementation. IMHO discussing OS design theory in isolation is a little too restrictive. We're clearly low-level people, and I think many users would be interested in hobby OS development, if they aren't doing so already.

Design and implementation go hand in hand. I am of the "learn by doing" brigade, and would consider it a wasted opportunity if this site were to avoid implementation details. The only other major online resource is osdev.org, which is riddled with errors and doesn't have quite the same clout as SE.

Is there a legitimate way to revisit/expand the definition once we enter beta? Perhaps we could keep an eye on the votes for questions pertaining to real-world implementation / code examples?

  • That's why we have meta page for every stack exchange. In addition to off-topic questions pertaining to the use of the website, it will be the place to review square one, and the direction were headed toward.
    – Iancovici
    Commented Aug 11, 2014 at 11:09
  • @echad: I thought as much. I know about the meta pages; I just wasn't sure if the definition was set in stone at this point. Commented Aug 11, 2014 at 12:16

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