Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Mar 2009 23:21 UTC
SkyOS At the end of January this year, I wrote a rather harsh, but honest article on the state of SkyOS. I was very worried that the closed-source operating system, for which users have to pay in order to beta test it, would never reach a final version, something that was promised to the people paying the price. This feeling was strengthened by a lack of updates; we were five months without news, six months without a release, and 8 months without a changelog update. My article got the ball rolling, but now that we're five weeks down the road, is that ball still rolling?
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RE: payment or donation
by yahya on Thu 12th Mar 2009 22:33 UTC in reply to "payment or donation"
yahya
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2007-03-29

Mebbe this is gonna strike like a load of crap hitting the fan ...

@Thom & other "paying customers":

Oh my, THom, you are about to wet your pants during the night if you continue to play around with fire like this.

You are not talking in my name here.

I have spent the ... howmuch? 30 freakin' dollar bucks? yeah, about 21 Euros iirc, big deal ... gladly to give Robert the possibility to get new hardware.


The problem is, however, that Robert did not ask for donations for new hardware, but he offered a deal. If those who paid for beta access are now behaving like customers, that is because they were turned into customers by Robert himself, through sealing off the source code and making bold promises.

So now SkyOS is not just another abandoned project, it is a failed business. Just as BeOS and ZETA before.

You cannot first make a business out of it and offer a deal and when you fail to deliver, you just mutate back into the hacker you were before and pretend that it hadn't been serious all the way.

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