Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Jul 2006 17:15 UTC, submitted by Lakedaemon
SkyOS A set of major changes in SkyOS is now complete. The entire GUI subsystem was rewritten to support desktop composing including flicker free drawing, double buffering, full alpha transparency, plugable composing effects, etc. Secondly, PE support has been dropped completely, and all libraries, applications, drivers, and the kernel are now ELF binaries. Thirdly, everything is now compiled with GCC 4.1.1 and the latest binutils. And last, but personally definitely not least: SkyOS now has support for BeOS people files. Other than the above, a lot of bugs were fixed as well.
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zealots are always wrong...
by soapdog on Wed 12th Jul 2006 04:01 UTC
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I really hates when FOSS zealots dismiss the whole code work of somebody because it is not FOSS.

Instead of commenting on the code works people keep ranting about licenses and politics... One thing people never told me, and that might be a good question for FOSS advocates out there. If you're a single coder trying to make a living by creating your own operating system, even if you take care not to violate licenses of the libraries and support tools you use, how you're suppose to make money? like eating, paying the rent and stuff. Remember you're small and you decided to live out of your little project... I'd really like people insight on this and if anyone from the SkyOS Team can shed a word or two about how their beta support initiative is working...

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RE: zealots are always wrong...
by mike hess on Wed 12th Jul 2006 04:11 in reply to "zealots are always wrong..."
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@ soapdog

I can't speak for everyone in this thread, but i'm certainly not dismissing the work. I am saying that for a developer who is using quite a large amount of open source software to get his propriatary project up, he's really not giving much of anything back.

As for your "good question", i think you should go back and ask yourself how realistic it is for one coder to not only create his own operating system, but to also make a living on it.

Its one thing to have a hobby system, any code someone writes for their own purposes is good. But an OS created by one person is surely not going to compare to a collaborative project. No one is an expert in every aspect of Operating System design.

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soapdog Member since:


Hi mike, thanks for the input. What I am thinking for example is that Windows Mobile is horrible (I have an iPaq so I can tell), Palm OS is pretty much dead so there's an oportunity for some enterprizing coder to try to build something on that market, or a group of coders (most likelly). I know about Linux kernel versions and some distros targeted at PDA but it seems overkill and like shrunked to the tiny screen and pen...

I don't know how realistic would be to try that, but I for one, would certainly erase my windows mobile for something usable.

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