Syllable OS and Livecode ?

Andre Garzia andre at
Wed Sep 7 09:42:11 EDT 2011


Talking as the resident OS junkie here. Syllable is a fork of old AtheOS. It
a great little OS but its market share is even less than Haiku. A good thing
for Syllable is that they carved a little cave for them in the REBOL
community. Many Syllable project members are heavy REBOL coders so they have
some influence there and if I remember correctly they have a FOSS REBOL
clone named ORCA or BARON.

It would be suicidal for RunRev to try to port LiveCode to Syllable. Even
Syllable server has even less market share than Syllable proper. It is not a
Linux system, it is a Linux kernel with another system around it (or this
was the plan).

There are some really fun OS projects out there that are not Unix based,
specially Haiku which is growing at a wonderful pace but they are not viable
platforms for LiveCode. One day, when Haiku reaches R1 and get really
popular, there will be money to be made there but not before.


On Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 3:05 AM, Richmond Mathewson <
richmondmathewson at> wrote:

> On 09/07/2011 05:59 AM, Peter W A Wood wrote:
>> Richmond
>> I suspect not, at least not it the short term. The Syllable Desktop OS is
>> not a Linux distro but a whole new operating system. The Syllable Server OS
>> is a Linux distro. I believe that it takes some effort to port a Linux
>> application to the Syllable Desktop and would doubt that RunRev would see
>> that as commercially worthwhile at this time. (That could of course change
>> if Syllable were to dramatically increase in popularity).
>> Regards
>> Peter
> Thank you.
> Syllable OS describes itself (err, slight anthropomorphism there) as a
> "hybrid system",
> 'how hybrid?' and 'how Linux compatible?' were the first 2 questions that
> popped into my
> mind.
> Trying to get Syllable OS installed in VM Box is a huge headache, and it
> will either have to
> be a case of a pre-installed VW thing or my Pentium 2 that has already been
> ravaged by FreeDOS and the late-lamented Damn Small Linux.
> The fact that Syllable OS comes with its own Web-Browser sent me signals,
> of course, that it wasn't a straight-forward Linux variant. However, a
> couple of reviews say that it is less
> 'standalone' than systems such as Haiku.
> I really admire the people who work on Haiku and Syllable OS; they look
> like Davids battling
> several Goliaths (in diminishing size); Microsoft, Linux and Apple.
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