Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 6th Aug 2005 20:49 UTC
SkyOS SkyOS Beta 8.5 has just been released. New features include the Indexing Service, an SQL based file attribute and content index service which makes it possible to find your files in a fraction of a second, better developer support, and a lot of bug fixes. NVU has also been ported and is available in this release. You can read the changelog here. Update: Screenshots gallery by OSDir.
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What's the point?
by djst on Sun 7th Aug 2005 19:07 UTC
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2005-08-07

I'm sorry, but what is the point of this operating system? It's closed source, but offers nothing of competitive advantage compared to open source (and free) OSes like Linux or FreeBSD. When looking at the screenshots, you see nothing but ported GPL software like Firefox, Thunderbird, Nvu, etc. It looks like a Linux clone with a less thought-out UI.

My question is: who would want to pay for something resembling a Linux clone without any compelling advantages over Windows except the price tag? What is the target audience? Clueless PC users who _are_ aware of alternative OSes but _haven't_ heard of Linux? Sorry again, but that target audience doesn't exist.

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RE: What's the point?
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 7th Aug 2005 19:14 in reply to "What's the point?"
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2005-06-29

You see nothing but ported GPL software like Firefox, Thunderbird, Nvu

Erm, get your facts straight: FireFox and Thunderbird are MPL, and NVU is MPL/LGPL/GPL tri-license.

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RE[2]: What's the point?
by on Sun 7th Aug 2005 21:03 in reply to "RE: What's the point?"
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>>You see nothing but ported GPL software like Firefox, >>Thunderbird, Nvu

>Erm, get your facts straight: FireFox and Thunderbird >are MPL, and NVU is MPL/LGPL/GPL tri-license.

Get your facts straight? Come on, you are being to picky, if you name me any larger GPL license body of code I could find parts under the LGPL or GPL + amendment or derived (and hence still under) from MIT/X and BSD code. Besides what about GIMP, Blender (yes, yes with BSD, donít get picky again), Gaim and so on. The point is a point even if you pick on its minute details.

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RE[2]: What's the point?
by djst on Sun 7th Aug 2005 21:58 in reply to "RE: What's the point?"
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2005-08-07

You probably need to get your facts straight too, as the source code of Firefox and Thunderbird is mostly released under the MPL/LGPL/GPL tri-license as well. Have a look at http://mozilla.org/MPL/ as well as http://mozilla.org/MPL/relicensing-faq.html (note that relicensing is done to a very great part nowadays).

Anyway. the point was that it's free software, available in e.g. Linux and FreeBSD. Why pay for an OS that has no unique value and offers no benefits compared to the free alternatives?

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RE: What's the point?
by on Sun 7th Aug 2005 19:54 in reply to "What's the point?"
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Yes, if MacOS X is minority, OS/2 died, BeOS died and Zeta attracts only for a few geeks, who will be interested in an closed and non-free OS to run multiplatform and free applications ?

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RE: What's the point?
by bornagainenguin on Mon 8th Aug 2005 08:02 in reply to "What's the point?"
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2005-08-07

Speed.

Of the OS and of its development.

Those are the two things most people are intrested in most in an alternative OS and SkyOS seems to have them both in spades...

I say seems because I simply have nothing to base anything on...but it would be nice to have something that 'just works' and 'works well' but is NOT Windows.

Price is only a small part of things. Not even the main part.

--bornagainpenguin

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