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Sure, but an OS that can't run a browser (i.e. it's difficult to port to) is going to have a massive adoption hurdle.

I was a big fan of the QNX demo floppy (1.44MB OS with browser), but that didn't lead to me using it on the desktop. http://toastytech.com/guis/qnxdemo.html




It's too bad that web browsers are so complicated and expensive to port.

There might be room for something new and different that runs on it's own VM (like Smalltalk) and can use libraries on the host to get things that do not make sense re-implementing, like a web browser. If it gains sufficient traction, the work to move it to a more stripped down environment would be clearly worth it.




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