Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 29th Mar 2005 05:28 UTC, submitted by Kelly Rush
SkyOS In the next beta of SkyOS, users can look forward to seeing a completely re-designed Viewer. The new Viewer will take advantage of the powerful features of the SkyFS (derived from Haiku's BFS), including extremely fast searching and organizing of files, on-the-fly filtering of files and folders within the Viewer, fast insertion of meta-data into multiple files, and more. Update: Screenshots!
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by Rayiner Hashem on Tue 29th Mar 2005 15:17 UTC

It's not necessarily a "religious thing". I'm not opposed to SkyOS on principle. I use proprietory software every day, and I see no reason why I shouldn't. However, I'm also practical. I realize that the OS is the foundation of an entire software stack, and is thus a rather important component. Historically, small, closed-source OSs have not survived in the desktop space. BeOS and Amiga come quickly to mind. Heck, even large closed-source OSs haven't done very well (MacOS, OS/2).

There are a handful of desktop products now that have significant marketshare *growth* in Microsoft-dominated niches. Nearly all of them are Open Source. OpenOffice, Mozilla, and Linux come quickly to mind. To me, it is an entirely rational decision to judge open-source products in the desktop market to be "safer bets", than closed-source ones.