Clicker should be flexible enough to fully support the wide range of PC users
and utilities. We want it to be a GENERAL operating system, which means that
it would be possible to use the SAME system for games, secure networking or
Up to now, there are MANY system, which each have their weakest point and their advantage. For example, if you are a beginner, you'll prefer WINxx's GUI and bookshops! If you're an experimented user, you'll beter feel in a Unix-like world. If you're a gamer, you'll buy a PSX, and so on.
I could find MANY other examples. Clicker plans to be a single system for every such applications, being modular enough to change its components when the user changes (or when he switch between activities :)
We would like Clicker to allow BOTH of these features, by the way of SESSIONS,
which should allow users to "tell" the system what he's going to do.
I.e. if you're fed up with your textprocessor and want to play a little, you
will turn clicker in the *FAST* mode, which will make it a "mono-application"
system, but dramatically faster.
When your game is over, you can then switch back to *MAIN* mode and then go on with your 3D-modeler, or your sound-tracker.
These transitions should be as "fast" as the starting/ending of the X session under Linux or the commutation WIN->DOS. I prefer them to be faster, anyway...
We also hope that the super-user should be able to define some new operating modes with special features, and allow some user to go/don't go to specific modes.
In order to do so, we plan to make a lot of informations on running application available at a symbolic level (such as if the application can read text files, and if it can, which one is it reading ...), and to extensively use scripting and runtime compiling technologies.
Heeey! keep c00l... We're not that kind of company that's able to make an OS
in a few years! The idea of making a multi-tasking system appears only in '97!
Then we took time to think about HOW we would multitask, how does OTHER system
do and WHY that's not always a great idea.
Now, we have a multitasking microkernel, design with ease-of code state of mind. Documentations writing is under heavy achievement (some teacups are already written) so that most people should be able to CODE for Clicker. Everything you could get about Clicker is located on SourceForge Clicker project . There are sources files (could be a bit tricky to compile), binaries demos, miscellaneous tools, etc.
Well, that would be *great*, moreover if you're experimented with Operating
System, because we're quite few to code it, for the moment.
Now the Clicker has a running microkernel, we'll be able to get help from more developers for hardware drivers design and implementation, file system, network stack, etc.
To be part of the Clicker Development team , just send me an e-mail with your sourceforge login and we'll count you in ;) we need mostly coders (C is a must). It also would be great if, in a near future, one of these coders could manage a kind of "doc repository" to centralize every technical papers on the web.
By e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) because i'm often too busy to be able to respond to snail mail (unless you prefer write a letter, but i'll probably answer you by e-mail). Don't hesitate to share your point of view, whatever it may be.