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August 19, 2004

what’s in a name

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 8:54 AM

I have a new (old) project idea, nick-named RTMOS, or Run-Time Modifiable Operating System. I don’t like the RT “Real Time” connotations. Anyone got an idea for a better name? To put it in one sentence, I’m thinking of doing the emacs equivalent of operating system – infinitely run-time modifiable. I’m writing a rational / research proposal and will post it when it’s ready, but I need a good name now!

10 Comments »

  1. RTMOS
    Hello,
    Can you please elaborate a little ?
    What exactly is being modifyed in this
    OS and in which circumstances ?
    (I assume it is not such advanced OS that it founds
    it own bugs in run time, modifys the code to fix them , compiles and builds the modified code and restarts itself to a new running session (including a self auto debugging session ). Even that such a feature may be nice to have.
    RRX

    Comment by rrx — August 19, 2004 @ 12:31 AM | Reply

    • Re: RTMOS
      I will elaborate a little, as soon as I finish writing it (the description, not the OS)

      Comment by mulix — August 19, 2004 @ 4:26 AM | Reply

      • Re: RTMOS
        suggestions for Modifiable OS name:
        ModiOs.
        ModOs. (have some conotation to old MsDos…)
        Moos.
        RRX

        Comment by rrx — August 22, 2004 @ 10:51 PM

  2. VariOS?
    The latin for change/changable is varius.
    *shrug*
    ‘Sounds like an interesting idea.

    Comment by xtat — August 19, 2004 @ 12:39 AM | Reply

    • hmm… I’ll think about it. Thanks!

      Comment by mulix — August 19, 2004 @ 4:27 AM | Reply

  3. http://cobalt.archives.nd.edu/cgi-bin/lookdown.pl?change Has a list of the latin words for “change”. A lot of them end in ‘o, which is good for the ‘OS suffix.
    For example, from the word “Transform” we get:
    ciris -is f. [a bird , into which Scylla was transformed].

    Comment by yrk — August 19, 2004 @ 3:18 AM | Reply

  4. DynamiCOS?
    My shot is DynamiCOS, from dynamic, which is essentially what you want. Hope you like it.

    Comment by shlomif — August 19, 2004 @ 6:12 AM | Reply

  5. So… are you serious?
    I don’t doubt your capabilities, and I am reminded of the time I thought making emacs /sbin/init might be interesting.
    But I can’t help but think that there’s the makings of a good troll in here, and I wonder if I’m the only one, especially following on the heels of your last post….
    But then, I thought ReactOS would be complete vaporware too.

    Comment by jhf — August 19, 2004 @ 2:29 PM | Reply

    • > So… are you serious?
      yep
      > I don’t doubt your capabilities,
      that’s nice – I do
      > and I am reminded of the time I thought making emacs /sbin/init might be
      > interesting.
      that’s one way of putting it
      > But I can’t help but think that there’s the makings of a good troll in
      > here, and I wonder if I’m the only one, especially following on the
      > heels of your last post….
      Check out movitz, http://www.common-lisp.net/project/movitz/.
      I’m not sure how far I will go with this idea, but I’m 100% serious in thinking about it.

      Comment by mulix — August 19, 2004 @ 11:49 PM | Reply


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