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To describe TAOS (pronounced 'dowse' as in the oriental religion Daoism) as an innovatory operating system would be a profound understatement. It has so few points of similarity with operating systems like MS-DOS that many observers, myself included, have initially had trouble believing in it at all. For one thing TAOS is strongly Object Oriented and makes almost no distinction between data files and executable programs. It brings together many advanced ideas about Persistent Objects, Object Oriented Virtual Memory and Dataflow programming into one wholly novel system. It is a parallel operating system which configures itself automatically to run on a network of distributed processors and load-balances itself. More incredibly still, it promises to run exactly the same code on different processors in a heterogeneous network (eg. a mixture of Inmos Transputers, Intel 80386 and Acorn ARMs); it offers CPU transparency. 
http://www.dickpountain.co.uk/home/computing/byte-articles/the-taos-operating-system-1991?hn

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