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 Nickos on Tue 29th Mar 2005 15:24 UTC

To code a whole OS from scratch would be a lot of work & take much more time (ie: look at Haiku project (BeOS clone); - around half way done & was started about 4 years ago. Probably another 2-3 years before ready for release & use). Using components from other OSes will speed up the development. Plus, this code is already well written and why should SkyOS have to redo the code when it is available for use & works? Most non Windows OSes are fairly posix compliant, so they are fairly similar to an extent (very close in how they operate and are programmed).

SkyOS only has to opensource any code it gets which is GPL'ed & modified by them. It doesn't have to release the source code to the whole OS (ie: if they took Grub sourcecode & modified it for their own use, then they would have to release their altered Grub sourcecode, not the sourcecode to the whole OS). I think Grub is GPL'ed, I haven't checked. But, if they don't change the Grub program then no need to release the sourcecode at all.

I think it is an interesting project. I have not tested out SkyOS, but one day this may change. I have other OSes to play with for now that satisfy me. There is lots of progress happening on this OS & I hope to see it continue. It will at least provide some people with an alternative (to Windows or Linux).