KOSH is about community. A strong community is one in which there are no secrets, no hidden agendas, no rumour or speculation, a minimum of confusion. The mailing lists are a great place to get answers from the people working in the community. To us, this isn't just a job, it is part of who we are.
For those times when the person you want to contact isn't available and for those of you who don't follow the mailinglists, there are the FAQs.
We'll try and answer any questions as and when we receive them, but we should be able to answer most queries inside a week. Recently posted answers will be marked as such, and all will be grouped for ease of access.
Sorry the FAQ's a little empty at the moment, it's still under compilation. If you've got any entries you wish to submit, please get in touch.
If you have any questions you want answered, please feel free to send them to KOSH.
Will KOSH ever run Microsoft Word?
Potentially, yes. We don't know of any current pla ns to port Microsoft Word to KOSH, but there's no reason why it couldn't be done. If it wasn't, it could be run via emulation however. As a platform agnostic system, KOSH will provide the ability to run software for many different processors, while there's no fundamental reason why the necessary Operating System calls to run such applications could not be provided on top of the existing functionality, as with the WINE project.
In other words, don't count on it, but there's nothing fundamental to stop it from ever happening.
The simpler possibility is that a word processor developed specifically for KOSH gained the ability
to read and write Microsoft Word document files, as with WordPerfect and WordPro. That's no great
problem and rather more likely to happen.
Why K for Community?
It actually started off as K for Kommunity, believe it or not, mainly on the grounds that a cosh is something heavy you hit people with, which wouldn't be the best analogy out there, would it? Also, it seems that computing people in general seem to like Science Fiction, but if I say more the lawyers unfortunately complain :(
Anyway, we chugged along quite happily as a kommunity and with some of our members submitting opinion kolumns until someone came up with the bright idea of making the whole site marginaly more accessible to non-English speakers using Babelfish. At which point it was noticed that neither translated very well, so could easily cause confusion, which was what the whole exercise was designed to avoid. Anyway, that unfortunate little fact made us retreat to more conventional spelling, sadly.
As many of our non-English speaking members will have noticed, thought, Babelfish provides usable
but far from perfect translations. If anyone feels they could provide better translations, even if
only of small sections of the site, we'd be delighted to hear from you.
Who Started the #HHHHHH Tradition on the KOSH Website?
To be honest, we don't know :) The current candidates are Fleecy or Greg Harris, but Jason Radford's a suspect too.
For the uninitiated, it was observed by John Chandler (who therefore goes down in history as the
discover, not as the first to find it, but the first to find it, remember it and announce it. Pretty
much the same as Captain Cook and Australia) that the ALINK value in the template file used with this
site was #HHHHHH, which isn't exactly a valid hexadecimal value. Greg Webb maintained it for some
time, then boringly removed it after complaints from a few professional website people. So, you'll
never get to share in the fun we all had if you haven't already. Sorry ;)