Read the old OSY 1.0 forums (Feb 2001 - Jun 2002)
Read the old OSY 2.0 forums (Jun 2002 - Mar 2011)
Read the new OSY 3.0 forums (Mar 2011 - present)
OSY started as an idea I had a long time ago about a place where the complete absurdity of operating system and platform flamewars could be discussed in a relaxed and silly manner.
I set up my own website, www.pegasus3d.com and a discussion board, which I called "OSY" because of Apple already taking the name OSX. The site went live on 3:06 pm on Feb. 25, 2001 running Ikonboard.
I upgraded to PHPBB a little over a year later, and that's when the forum really took off. At its peak we had over 1000 registered users, and over 50 highly active people (users with more than 1000 posts).
In 2011 I switched over to Monarch, the precursor of newLISP on Rockets which the board runs on to this day. I was not able to directly import everyone's account and password, although I did restore people's old avatars and post counts when they registered for the new system.
Forum use in general has dwindled from those heady days, with competition from Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. But the OSY forum will continue remain open indefinitely. And who knows what the future holds?