> you can take the apple approach on a very low cost scale and design the
> hardware to fit the software.
> myturn tried this approach, the correct approach, but ended up putting
> too much hardware in the box adn the global pc was underpriced by all
> those now **hard to find*** $400, 3 year online service rebate contracts.
> maybe myturn was a bit too early to market with this idea.. but what
> about doing it today by installing and running geos on a 128mbyte
> thumbdrive based keyboard computer with no floppy/no hard drive/no cdrom
> drive, and teh thumbdrive installs into one of several usb ports built
> into the simple , ultra low cost keyboard computer?
> on a 128MB thumbdrive, dos/geos programs and data is easily removed from
> the keyboard pc, data files saved in windows compatible formats are
> easily readable by windows pcs, the thumbdrive might even be bootable
> from USB on a windows computer so one could still get basic boot to
> dos/geos operation on just about any usb bootable pc in the world by
> carrying their thumbdrive instead of a laptop.
> with geos you are not starting from scratch.. GEOS's excellent
> structural design is already in place.. in fact microsoft has been
> copying it for years adn is still very slowly integrating the apps into
> the operating system, something geos is so much farther along with.
> Starting from scratch means starting with a blank piece of paper, making
> design mistakes along the way, risking failure at every step, and after
> doing all that, the end goal would STILL be to build a 32 bit GEOS
> rather than any other 32 bit OS product out there. GEOS is the ultimate
> software design goal, no matter what you call it, and geos already
> exists, so why start from scratch?? why not improve on the best
> software design that already exists???
> There is nothing like GEOS for programming efficiency. GIve geos more
> development and build in enough hardware support on an integrated
> hardware/software product that just gets the job done ("good enough for
> who its for" is my motto)..(ie: ethernet, tcp/ip, 6 USB 2 ports, no
> modem,no hard drive, no cdrom, no floppy, no serial/no parallel ports)
> and sell it on the absolutely lowest hardware cost device available.
> nothing ridiculous about that....
> > Its too late for a GEOS32 as the Windows (no pun intended) of
> > has closed long ago. In fact, a 32 bit GEOS would be the simple part.
> > about the drivers and compatibility testing as users would have to run
> > existing applications. There is not enough traction to demand that
> > start from scratch. That is why the whole thing is ridiculous.
> >>Well, you have your chance now........If there will be a GEOS32, where
> > will
> >>you be?
> >>You can make a promise and then we'll see........
> >>>>Just asking you to remove yourselves and all that negativity . It's
> >>>>predictable and boring by now.
> >>>I beg to disagree. Its boring to allow this charade to continue,
> >>>addressing the cold, hard facts. GEOS will never mature as an OS
> >>>so far behind the curve. It would take capital beyond the ability of
> >>>make it happen. IBM spent 100s of millions of dollars on OS/2 and
> >>>win the desktop. They have since embraced Linux for servers and Windows
> >>>for desktops! Very few users want to face facts, they want to pretend
> >>>miracle will occur. A few users think that a duplicate of the Linux
> >>>initiative will happen to GEOS. They do not realize that the community
> >>>did Linux was Unix centric. They see GEOS as a little DOS GUI that runs
> >>on a
> >>>single chip set. As for GEOS-SC, its not even desktop oriented, because
> >>>developers built it from the ground up as a cross-platform OS for
> >>>Smartphones. BBX_John has made it clear. BBX is not going to do
> >>>major to the current GEOS and they are working on a new GEOS, but no
> >>>details, its not around the corner, its just an amorphous cloud and an
> >>>enigma to some (me).
> >>>As a GEOS enthusiast, you can look forward to no improvements in the
> > GEOS
> >>>kernel or core applications, that make up the ensemble suite. If that
> >>is all
> >>>you want out of your computing experience, then you will be happy. But
> >>>you want more, look elsewhere!
> >>>>It's not necessary to be an extremist in order to like GEOS. I use
> >>>>because it fills most of my needs together with Dos and Win 3.11, is
> >>>>easy to use and doesn't require much hardware. Suits a 486/66 really
> >>>>well. Why enter that costly upgrade spiral when there's no real need
> >>>>for it.
> >>>Like I said, if that's all you want out of your software then you have
> >>>beef with me. My only dispute concerns users who think GEOS is going to
> >>>advance beyond its current 16-bit implementation. Why would you want
> > that?
> >>>For one, your Internet apps would run better, unless you think its just
> >>>the way it is NOW. So you are a happy GEOS camper and enjoy life. Don't
> >>>forget to put me in your kill list, like many of the other Europeans
> >>>despise what I say!