Is it possible to write an OS
that will fit onto a 3 ½" floppy
that can then write device driver
s for all the device
s it discovers on the system
and build itself into a fully function
al and useful desktop
OS? The basic intent is to start out with just a bare-bones OS that can write to a hard drive
, whether this requires some hints files or not; a hint file
would be one that has a listing of a particular device and its specifications.
Update 19:04 Thu Aug 17 2000:
Just to make my original thought clear: this OS writes itself. No external help, unless it be through hints files. I'd rather that not be an obnoxious point
, but that's part of the challenge.
Update 20:12 Sat Oct 27 2001:
This challenge may also be construed to be Self-improving genetic programming
. See also http://www-ia.hiof.no/~rolando/SIG/
for more details.