Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Jan 2009 20:58 UTC
SkyOS SkyOS has always been criticised for the fact that you have to pay for it in order to beta test it. I personally never saw a problem with this construction, especially since the price included a full copy of SkyOS 5 (they dropped the five) once it was completed. However, as of late, it has become increasingly clear that there may never be anything like a final version - or another test release for that matter. Update: In the comments, Robert Szeleney explained the current SkyOS situation in more detail. For future readers who find this article via a search engine, I've attached Robert's comment to the actual story for completeness' sake. The reply can also be found on the SkyOS website.
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I bought the Beta; It seemed it was a reasonable fee to pay to take a look at a new operating system. (rather than say the 57th variety of Linux.)
As for open source; it does not solve all problems; sometimes a company open sources some really interesting and unique software; and it just rusts away from lack of maintenance or ends up forked to death.

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