OS-tan Annex Project Revival

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Aurora Borealis

I still need to dig up the character details I have for NeXTSTEP-tan, but here are proposed details for BeOS-tan:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BeOS

BeOS had superior abilities to the competition but was not properly marketed, attempted partnerships not founded until it was too late. Trying to be proprietary like the Mac (only runs on company-made hardware) failed because a market wasn't created for it. Be had poor planning and poor understanding of the market: Appealing only to hardcore geeks (hardly profitable because it is a small niche), not coming in the form of a server (was a personal computer operating system in a time where server OSes were on the rise), and nearly lacked internet connectivity. Apple tried to make Mac OSX based off of BeOS but was much too difficult.

The later Classic Mac-tans, Windows-tans and NeXTSTEP-tan are commonly blamed by others to be BeOS-tan's demise, however BeOS-tan brought her demise on herself. Her skills and efficiency were top-notch, she is a genius with amazing potential but failed due to lack of showing off. Her abilities appealed to a select few (the hardcore geeks!) but not the general public.

So I think that BeOS-tan is very quiet, overly modest and seeks isolation from the general public and because of her isolation, she was largely uninformed about the competition and underestimated it. She would be slow to react, a bad judge of character, not like working in groups, and much prefers working with one person at a time and her favorite kind of people are the 'geeky' type.  I think she'd be friends with QNX, IMSAI 8080, and maybe TRON.

In the 90's, she was involved in some deals with the Mac-tans, to be their successor and be the new branch of their dynasty. BeOS-tan herself had an uncertain future at that point, and so did the Classic Macs. Even if their faction survived, they were aware that their bloodline was getting less viable to continue, and they'd have to merge with another lineage to continue the Mac dynasty. But the deal fell through. She turned to the Mac Clones for help, with success until the clones were forcibly retired.

A system with almost no customizability appearance-wise, she doesn't like to dress up... or so she claims. She likes to cosplay in secrecy, referencing the easter egg that allows BeOS to change window themes.

She is a musician and excellent multitasker. Being partially POSIX-compliant and able to run BASH, she can use some Unix-style sorcery, but mainly wields a huge broadsword.

She has at least two daughters/clones: Zeta and Haiku. Of them, Zeta is an unauthorized BeOS derivative who she disowned. Haiku is acknowledged, but BeOS still remains fairly distant.

Bella

So............. she's the Yuki Nagato of the OS-tanverse? >3>

Unimaginably smart, but doesn't really, do anything. Or say anything. Or interact with people. Until she does...... |D

Anyway - Yay! Thanks for typing that up Aurora, that helped me get a better handle on her personality. I'm kinda bummed that more hasn't been done with BeOS-tan, since, as far as niche OSes go, BeOS is one of the more "famous" ones. :/

Aurora Borealis

The resemblance is uncanny!

Do I smell a potential Haruhi crossover? BeOS= Yuki, OSX Puma = Mikuru, Apple /// = Ryoko?

I'll condense that down into an Annex bio, and next up, dig up details on NeXTSTEP-tan!

stewartsage

Does that mean Tiger is Haruhi, System 7 is Kyon, and.... someone for Itsuki.

I really need to send you that DEC military stuff Aurora-dono.

Aurora Borealis

And continuing the Haruhi references, I'd probably say OSX Jaguar is Itsuki, and System 3.4 or 5 is Tsuruya. :P

I'll look forward to seeing that info, stew!

Bella

Quote from: Aurora Borealis on July 23, 2011, 01:56:08 am
The resemblance is uncanny!

Do I smell a potential Haruhi crossover? BeOS= Yuki, OSX Puma = Mikuru, Apple /// = Ryoko?

I'll condense that down into an Annex bio, and next up, dig up details on NeXTSTEP-tan!


I'll fund it!

Quote from: stewartsage on July 24, 2011, 11:18:54 am
Does that mean Tiger is Haruhi, System 7 is Kyon, and.... someone for Itsuki.

I really need to send you that DEC military stuff Aurora-dono.


Don't you think Oscilloscope Eyes-tan (forgot her real name, sorry!) would make a better Haruhi? d:

You need to share that DEC military stuff with the world. O_O

Aurora Borealis

Tentative version of NeXTSTEP's bio. I lost my notes on her somewhere, and had to reconstruct them from memory. x_x

-biological daughter of BSD-tan
-debut: 10/12/1988 (v0.8), 9/18/1989 (v1.0, shipped)
-height: 174 cm (5'8-5'9")
-lived on her own, saw the disgraced Lisa-tan as more of a mother figure, or at least someone she admired.
-was not meant to compete against the Mac-tans (they competed in separate markets, NeXT wasn't allowed to compete directly against Apple), but they were antagonistic of each other.
-the Macs saw her existence as betrayal by one of their leaders.
-drives a cube-shaped tank
-wields several guns, and dresses in pieces of space marine style armor. (DOOM was developed on NeXTSTEP)
-had a collaboration (or relationship?) with Solaris-tan (referencing collaboration on OpenStep),  but it ended, and took their own paths.
-developed the World Wide Web and HTML.
-Collects bugs, frequently travels with Darwin-tan.
-Affiliated with the CIOST, but her attitude towards them, and their attitudes toward her are ambivalent. (Impressed by her influence, sympathize with her obscurity, but many CIOST-tans dislike that she's of a Unix bloodline.)
-Considered to be very elegant but tends to dress in cyberpunk or other gritty styles.
-Mother(? or sister?) of Rhapsody-tan, who is the mother of Darwin and the OSX-tans.
-Met her near demise in the mid 1990's, the Macs risked their remaining resources to save her, and their own future.

note: Yes, there was some self-interest involved, the Macs wanting their leader back and needing a new bloodline to continue the Mac dynasty, but it was heroic of them to risk everything to save her.

I also like Krizo's interpretation of her, from his Apple-tan family tree, but I'm not sure how much of it I can fit into her bio, but I'll try. I especially like the part where she met the family in late '88 (when System 6-tan was near death and seeing her caused NeXTSTEP-tan to abandon her vendetta), that's quite heartwarming. Though I'd imagine that System 6-tan being befriended by NeXTSTEP-tan would have taken a while, since 6-tan would have been bitter that NeXTSTEP's World Wide Web pretty much made Hypercard obsolete (Hypercard debuted with System 3, 4 or 4.2, I can't recall which, but became popular during the System 6 era).

Aurora Borealis

Any input for this? Some of NeXTSTEP-tan's details are still tentative, even though she's a character that was created years ago. :(

A few more bios:

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Name: Pilot OS-tan
aka: Xerox Star
Debut: circa 1981 (born 1977)
Height: 148 cm (4'10")
Weight: ??kg
Eye Color: Red
Hair: Blonde

affiliation: Binteeji Renmei

Quick Facts:

-First commercial GUI OS, but rarely, if ever recognized by mainstream OS-tans.
-Younger sister of Alto-tan. Took after her, until their separation from abandonment took its toll.
-Short-tempered, has little good to say about anything modern and usually keeps to herself.
-Swears a lot, and known to guilt-trip others frequently.
-A pilot who once had a fleet of aircraft, but had to abandon all but her trusted X-Star plane.
-Her only close friend is PC-DOS.
-Helps PC-DOS and MS-DOS meet up.
-Has short blonde hair held back with her goggles.
-Wears an aviator hat with the old Xerox logo on it, an aviator jacket, boots and long scarf.
-Doesn't resent her life in the Binteeji Renmei despite her bitterness, and is willing to risk herself to help them.


Expanding on Yggdrasil Linux-tan's characterization, a new bio:

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Name: Yggdrasil Linux
aka: Yggdrasil Linux/GNU/X, LGX
Debut: 12/8/1992
Height: 175 cm (5'9")
Weight: ??kg
Eye color: Red
Hair: Blonde and brown

affiliation: Binteeji Renmei, formerly of the early Linux Union

Quick Facts:

-Forgetful of things (alpha release left out some source code), an especially unfortunate trait because she likes to build things and document information.
-Highly adaptable to new situations. (first plug-and-play, auto-configuring Linux version)
-Dresses in early medieval Viking gear, including the historically inaccurate horned helmet.
-Has long hair tied into three ponytails, with leaf-shaped hair-ties.
-Wields a halberd.
-An influential free software advocate and crusader.
-Wears a disc-shaped pendant. (first Live CD distro)
-Kind, calm and helpful older sister figure of the early Linux Family.
-Was the first to document the early Linux family's culture and genealogy, which she has continued to do. (Compiled CDs of the latest Linux and other Open Source software, also from Yggdrasil is The Linux Bible)
-Disappeared in 1995, had not been heard from in more than a decade.
-Joined the Binteeji Renmei to retire, using her fighting skills to defend it from intruders.
-Friends with EvilEntity-tan, who sees her as a role model, and Spectrum-tan who shares a fondness of genealogy work.



Chocofreak13

i didn't think i could input because i'm not much with older OSes, but these are solid bios. i had completely forgotten about NeXTSTEP, and didn't really realize she was a member of the mac family. i'm gonna have to work her into my comic somehow, lol.
as for the others, it's kind of sad that Pilot-tan doesn't get the recognition she deserved, but at least she's not dead, lol.

What do you mean by Yggdrasil being 'missing'? meaning she's missing entirely or missing to the linux family since she's with the BR now? :\

Aurora Borealis

NeXTSTEP-tan is an honorary member of the Mac House, but doesn't live with them. She lives on her own (usually accompanied by Darwin-tan) and is mainly affiliated with the CIOST.

Yggdrasil Linux got discontinued in 1995, so in-story, she 'disappeared'. The Linuxes usually don't interact with the Vintage-tans, so few of them have heard from her since then, and she's rather reclusive. Some of the youngest Linuxes think she's a myth!

Chocofreak13

which would fit, given that yggdrasil is mythological. :3

what sort of relationship did NeXTSTEP have with the macs? (who did she interact with and in what context? what, if any, relation does she have with them? [adopted? 'blood brother'?] was she involved in the OSwars in any way? what does she think of the windows-tans?)

Bella

Quote from: Chocofreak13 on August 27, 2011, 10:26:50 pm
which would fit, given that yggdrasil is mythological. :3

what sort of relationship did NeXTSTEP have with the macs? (who did she interact with and in what context? what, if any, relation does she have with them? [adopted? 'blood brother'?] was she involved in the OSwars in any way? what does she think of the windows-tans?)


IRL: NeXTSTEP is the super-direct ancestor of OSX. The mother or grandmother, so to speak. (OSX's family tree goes like: Bell Labs Unix (1969) -> BSD (1970s) -> Mach kernel (1980s[?]) -> NeXTSTEP -> Darwin -> Rhapsody/OSX Server -> OSX)

In the OS-tanverse: Well, I see NeXTSTEP as the mother of Rhapsody-tan and grandmother of the OSXen, but Aurora might disagree with me on this one.

Chocofreak13

then it's up to the story to intrepret it?

Aurora Borealis

August 27, 2011, 11:31:51 pm #508 Last Edit: July 14, 2019, 12:30:53 am by Aurora Borealis
I agree, Bella.

NeXTSTEP-tan allied with the Mac-tans at the end of the OS Wars, and the Macs promised that NeXT's descendants will be their successors because the Classic Macs knew that their bloodline couldn't last much longer and didn't want their faction to fall with it. I originally thought of NeXTSTEP being Rhapsody's older sister, but on second thought, her being Rhapsody's mother fits better and adds another great- to UNIX's great-great-grandmother status to OSX. :P

However I see Darwin as being one of Rhapsody's daughters.

I don't think she would have been very involved in the OS Wars, but was possibly involved in the Unix Wars. She wasn't meant to compete with either Windows or the Macs. What she knows of the Windows-tans might be second-hand info from the Macs, which may be contradictory, like so:

"We need to be diplomatic with the Windows-tans--"
"After what they did to us?! Are you f***ing kidding?!"
"The way to achieve peace between the factions is SUPERIOR FIREPOWER! Intimidate them into submission!"
"Let's discuss matters with them over a cup of tea."
"uhh... 7.5-san, what's the shotgun for?!"
"But but but--- XP-san is my drinking buddy!"
"I love ME-tan! Our love can bridge the gap between our warring families!"

NeXTSTEP: Uhh... I'd rather not get involved. x__X

Chocofreak13

i love that last mac quote so much. xD