TempleOS, by the late Terry A. Davis

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Terry A. Davis was an odd fellow. If not for his struggle with schizophrenia, then perhaps his comments about him being the best programmer to ever live were what made him peculiar. Of course, everyone aware of his work and videos knew that he had a tendency to be racist, and I'm sure that had something to do with him never being famous or hired by a big organization. Then again, he was convinced that Big Brother and the CIA were watching him, so maybe he would have turned down a big career in one of the richest companies. Regardless of his deteriorating mental health and racist remarks, the guy did actually build an operating system.
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As described online,
TempleOS (formerly J Operating System, SparrowOS and LoseThos) is a biblical-themed lightweight operating system designed to be the Third Temple prophesied in the Bible. It was created by American programmer Terry A. Davis, who developed it alone over the course of a decade after a series of episodes that he later described as a revelation from God.

he system was characterized as a modern x86-64 Commodore 64, using an interface similar to a mixture of DOS and Turbo C. Davis proclaimed that the system's features, such as its 640x480 resolution, 16-color display and single audio voice, were explicitly instructed to him by God. It was programmed with an original variation of C (named HolyC) in place of BASIC, and included an original flight simulator, compiler and kernel.

TempleOS was released in 2013 and last updated in 2017. It was received with largely favorable reviews in tech communities and Davis amassed a small online following. He died on August 11, 2018.
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I know it may look odd to some of you, but this is what operating systems were like back in the day. They weren't pretty, but they were some of the first computers available and they did a lot of magnificent things. Considering Terry was able to create a working flight simulator in TempleOS, I think it speaks for itself with its capabilities.

Have any of you ever heard of Terry or TempleOS? What do you think about it? Have any of you ever USED it?
 

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I have heard of TempleOS and Terry A. Davis.

When you first look at it, you think it's some really old Operating-System, buried away from the Modern-World only to be picked up by somebody. But when you look deeper into it, you find out it's just a Man who suffers from Schizophrenia and is following what God says to him. He's only following what God says to him and thus' TempleOS is developed and then released to the world.

It's quite a shame that Terry died last Year. I mean, you need to give respect to the Man as he created a Fully-Functional Operating-System, all by himself. That's quite impressive. In fact, almost as impressive as Linus Torvalds who created the Linux-Kernel and is now running the world's largest Open-Source Project.

One thing that I do like about the OS is how it looks like Windows 1.0 - 3.1. Although I never used those Versions of Windows, I have seen Images of them and thus' TempleOS reminds me of them. Although it may not have anything like Internet-Access on it, it's still quite impressive, especially as to how Terry poured so much work into an OS made by himself.

Now I myself, have never used TempleOS and I don't plan to anytime soon. It does look interesting though. I mean, who knows. Maybe I'll come back to it in like a decade and then boot it up in a VM.

But whatever the case may be, Terry's Legacy lives on in his own Operating-System.
 
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If you've got some spare time and want to learn more about Terry and TempleOS I can recommend this video.
It's about an hour long, but imo really interesting.

Great doc, I watched it a couple months ago when I was learning about him. There's a lot of info out there. He'll probably be mentioned online for a while
 
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Great doc, I watched it a couple months ago when I was learning about him. There's a lot of info out there. He'll probably be mentioned online for a while
I've watched the Documentary too. It was quite interesting learning about Terry and his OS that he made by himself.

But of course, Terry will stopped being mentioned soon. Just like all famous people, their fame dies out and you never hear anything about them again.

But yeah, Terry will continue to be mentioned for the next couple of years. And once he is forgotten, people like me and you may reference him to people who have never heard of him and then they go onto learn about the man too.