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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by jofas on Mon 28th Mar 2005 20:41 UTC

First, don't get me wrong. It is extremely commendable to do what the author of SkyOS did. However, consider the following quote:

"They keep inventing new ways to celebrate mediocrity."
- Mister Incredible

This applies here.

Pro: Yes, it's cool that a single guy can write an OS.
Con: OSS is giving him an inch, he's taking a mile. That's not the spirit of OSS. In order to harness the power of Open Source, you have to give what you.
Pro: It looks fairly cool, and is finally getting polished.
Con: There are boatloads of other OSes that do also. And their themes are prettier, more flexible and far more numerous.
Pro: The development is still steady and progressing.
Con: In the world of deploying OSes onto hundreds/thousands of machines, the kind of development time involved here is outrageous. In the time this OS has taken to get where it is, others have started up and surpassed far.

I'm being nice here. There aren't very many pros to this OS at all, really. This is what elicits the "what's the point?" from people.

Point really is, even a hobby OS needs some claim to fame, something that stands out and says:"Well, no, I can't be setup as a cluster node, but I can do (insert cool thing here)!" SkyOS is unfocused, it lacks vision, every single thing it does can be done better and faster on other platforms.

I put forth the following challenge: What is the one selling point of SkyOS?
I can't find it.