Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Dec 2006 22:47 UTC
SkyOS SkyOS has gotten a new virtual filesystem, dubbed BranchFS. This makes it possible to branch filesystems, convert read-only media into read-write media, and add SkyFS attributes to non-SkyFS volumes. "BranchFS makes it possible to make a reversible filesystem. By using your system partition you can revert to a previous state (with just one reboot) and and when using a CD BranchFS makes it possible to make changes to the content. BranchFS is still in heavy development but branching a LiveCD works quite well already. The first SkyOS LiveCD will be based on BranchFS."
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How does Robert do this?
by Dima on Tue 5th Dec 2006 23:07 UTC
Dima
Member since:
2006-04-06

I'm confused... There are so many people working on the Linux kernel, and many more working on X, KDE, GNOME, etc. - and yet, Robert and his team of like 5 people seem to be adding way more exciting features of SkyOS.

SkyOS now has so many device drivers, cool UI, applications that work consistently. How is this possible?

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RE: How does Robert do this?
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 5th Dec 2006 23:15 in reply to "How does Robert do this?"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Focus and no worries over politics.

Edited 2006-12-05 23:15

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ronaldst Member since:
2005-06-29

That's the best way to move and grow!

Politics ruins everything.

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smashIt Member since:
2005-07-06

Focus and no worries over politics.

no worries over politics?
the political situation in austria is a real mess right now. even if robert is not worried about it, he probably is pissed off about the sp÷/÷vp disaster...

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RE: How does Robert do this?
by mmebane on Tue 5th Dec 2006 23:45 in reply to "How does Robert do this?"
mmebane Member since:
2005-07-06

It's a designed system, not people trying to make highly portable components or cobbling together these portable components.

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RE: How does Robert do this?
by Lakedaemon on Tue 5th Dec 2006 23:47 in reply to "How does Robert do this?"
Lakedaemon Member since:
2005-08-07

Passion...and skill...

Another explanation might be that Robert is many ^_^
(like Shakespeare is rumoured to be)

In fact the "Robert" name hides an army of little leprechauns that works diligently at night when everyone is asleep to bring software goodness to SkyOs

Personnaly, I really hope it goes on forever like this (but I guess that at some point some bitter fellow will phone the Association of Defense of Leprechauns rights and tell them about how he abuse them

(At the pace SkyOS get features, I would bet that they work all day for no fee and that they only get 1 minute break every week to go pee and 20 minutes at christmas to go and visit their families)

Edited 2006-12-05 23:51

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Kelly Rush Member since:
2005-06-30

"Personnaly, I really hope it goes on forever like this..."

Well I'll say one thing: there's definitely at least one big reason in the books for this development (tentatively, anyway). ;)

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RE: How does Robert do this?
by rajj on Wed 6th Dec 2006 01:16 in reply to "How does Robert do this?"
rajj Member since:
2005-07-06

Way more features? I hardly think so.

Each of the projects you cited have only a small handful of core committers that make major architectural decisions with many others contributing small improvements and bug fixes. This is the way most Open Source projects are.

So, it's not that unusual that a single person can make so much progress, and this especially so when most of the hard research work has been done for you. Lets be honest, SkyOS isn't breaking any new ground here. It's just yet another operating system with a process scheduler, memory management and a filesystem. Hell, it claims to use a POSIX API so it's already half way to being yet another UNIX.

Not much else can be said about its design since nobody other than its creator knows anything about such details.

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Ronald Vos Member since:
2005-07-06

You're right, SkyOS doesn't tread new ground. A responsive system under heavy loads, a nice clean API, advanced feature integration (like using a browser or videoplayer as a widget) and user-friendlyness aren't new.

If only anything on Linux came even close though..

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