Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 28th Mar 2005 08:39 UTC, submitted by J@F
SkyOS From Expert-Zone: "SkyOS Beta 8.4 has been released to the beta team today. Important changes inlcude GI3D, screensaver support, drastically improved Ati Radeon performance, improved networking, a (hopefully) fixed RealTek driver, and much, much more. Beta team members will know where to go."
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RE: sorry to say this
by Mike on Mon 28th Mar 2005 15:14 UTC

>>>>I really don't want to start a flamewar, but the speed of improvements in this projects is almost too good to be true. I sometimes wonder, is SkyOS benefiting from code from open source projects? Even if isn't a direct code port, surely they must be getting a huge helping of pointers from source code already out there ...<<<<<

Some applications have been ported to SkyOS... and I'm sure Robert has at least taken a glance at other OSS code... but that would only help out in technique, not implementation. I'd say that the code is predominantly his.

If you consider that the project was started in 1996, the progress made has been great... but it's certainly not unreasonable or unattainable. The Linux/BSD comparison may not be all that valid either, as there are some pitfalls in having hundreds of collaborators.

Group dynamics suggest that the more people involved in a project, the less productive they will be from the sum of their individual capacities. One highly skilled programmer could output more than a handful of moderately-skilled/part-time coders.

Then you've got bureaucratic lag in decision-making. Someone comes up w/ an idea in the Linux/BSD world, and it usually results in about a thousand communiqués flying back and forth for a few months, some roof-of-concept/preliminary coding proposals, and *MAYBE* the feature finds its way into the project.

Robert, on the other hand, can do whatever he wants on a whim when it comes to SkyOS. No diplomatic/bureaucratic justifications are needed. He is the god of his own creation.