Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Sep 2006 17:05 UTC, submitted by Darkness
SkyOS USB support has been (re-)added to SkyOS, including of course the USB stack, a UHCI driver, support for control, interrupt, and bulk transfers, a USB HUB driver, a USB HID Keyboard driver, a USB HID Mouse driver, a USB Mass storage driver for CBI devices, including USB Harddisks, card readers, etc. The USB stack has been written from scratch and a new release containing USB support is expected.
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RE[4]: Finally...
by tdehoog on Tue 12th Sep 2006 20:51 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Finally..."
tdehoog
Member since:
2006-03-21

I don't think you get my point... Due to the lack of USB-support I simply refused to test it (I even had to pay to test it!!!). Someone developping an OS and neglecting USB-support just doesn't understand the needs of the actual tester. They want to test the os properly. Is being forced to use antique ps/2 mice and keyboard a nice way to test an OS? I don't think so. Sure, I'm willing to test a new OS, and sure, I will see most bugs as a part of the development process an I'm willing to file those. However, if the main-developer (since there's only one...) waits this long for something vital as USB-support, he is making it really hard for his testers to give an objective report of their experiences. Since they can only use virtualization software to test it without having to put a lot of effort in it. Ever wondered why all the drivers for the VMWare hardware are already implemented?

Let me give you an example: I'm developping a new car. however: it only has train-wheels (ps/2), since these are easier to develop. So the testers of the car can only test it on a railroad. I know that normal car wheels (USB) are an important part of the car, but since I'm so busy implementing the in-car entertainment (openGL, QuakeIII anyone...?) these wheels can wait...

I know it sounds stupid, and I know I'm bashing a lot of SkyOS fanboys with this post. But I just want to give you my opinion on the SkyOS development roadmap: Put the effort on the right things. Things that make an OS an OS, and not just a nice development project from which the developper can learn a lot.

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RE[5]: Finally...
by serenity on Wed 13th Sep 2006 13:11 in reply to "RE[4]: Finally..."
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2005-08-19

Robert: "I don't know what are you talking about, no report in the bug tracker = no problem".

Besides all pros and cons, I do not think that the basic attitude speaking from Roberts words is what you need to develop a progressive OS. This attitude is merely one that huge companies have.

Or seen the other way round: I am sure SkyOS could make more progress if the attitude was to do good software instead of waiting for problems to be reported. And please do not come with "It is just one person doing this job". Especially in this case quality (or efficiency) is more important than quantity (a huge number of ported programs in this case).

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