Yaxic Ix Kernel v0.1.1 released!
From: Smári P. McCarthy (email@example.com)
Date: Sun 26 May 2002 - 17:55:06 UTC
[spm@radix yaxic]$ cvs rtag ix_0_1_1 yaxic
[spm@radix yaxic]$ cvs rtag brjann yaxic
I just tagged the first ever Yaxic kernel to be officially released. That
makes me so proud that I'm gurgling with glee. However, there are some things
I thing I ought to address.
I've been hearing that some people consider this project a reinvention of the
wheel. Guess what? By golly it is! However, reinventing the wheel may be a
bit too strong - what we're doing is basicly having fun. And, in these times
of good and/or bad OS's, the best of them becoming ever more unstable each
day, I think making an OS - Just for fun - with good design goals and
stability as a key factor (above portability), we might actually accomplish
I've been working on Yaxic for 4 years now.. But I've only been working on
*THIS* Yaxic for a few months, and doing so very slowly I might add.
The original idea for Yaxic I had when I was sitting on the toilet one day in
the begining of summer 1998, shitting and thinking what I could do. I had
recently become aquainted with UNIX systems, but we [the group I circulated
with] didn't have access to UNIX very much at that time. Then it struck me:
Write a UNIX-like shell for DOS.
- Now you may laugh.
I started writing it in Pascal, and it didn't do much at first.. but soon
ThorF joined in and, since he has allways been a much better programmer than
I, he really took over. I didn't mind - I just make the wheels start turning
on one thing and never really finish anything - normally due to lack of
In August 2000 we decided to dump the Pascal Yaxic idea in favour of a real
operating system. We worked on it night and day for about two weeks, and then
I moved to Reykjavík to go to school. That dropped Yaxic progress until in
March 2002, when I, again, had nothing to do. If I recall correctly, I gave
ThorF a phone call and something.. then we started from scratch.
It was my decision to make a big deal out of this - get people talking -
because I know that's the only way I'll keep working on it. However, at the
moment, most if not all of the really good code has been written by ThorF.
As I tag and release this branch of Yaxic, I want to thank the hype-eaters -
the people who like the idea, and even some who don't.
ThorF && Smári (people with ideas and longing to make them work)
an13810 (Keyboard support and Icelandic keymap, among other things)
mrMister (Work on the string library)
intercomm (Hosting our CVS server)
Gummi (foss) (Some pointers)
Candy (Help with CPUID code)
Kári Paur/Mysa (Miscilanious hacks)
... and everybody else on #Yaxic on IRCnet. :)
Ehh.. this is getting too long. The main stuff:
Branch names in CVS:
HEAD <= All new code goes here
Tarballs of Yaxic 0.1.1 (Brjánn):
Happy Hacking! :)
Smári P. McCarthy