Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Jan 2007 22:30 UTC
SkyOS Hell was already frozen anyway, but apparantly, the SkyOS team is trying to bring hell's temperature to absolute zero, since they are saying 2007 might see a release of SkyOS 5. "After what seems about 30 years worth of work (I'm sure even more to Robert), SkyOS will finally be released to the public. Lots of details are still being worked out on this one (as well as the obvious issues still present in the system), but we're really shooting to make it happen."
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Promising what?
by ferrels on Tue 2nd Jan 2007 02:56 UTC
ferrels
Member since:
2006-08-15

Another beta release that you have to pay money for the privilege of testing??!! What a racket. This guy suckers people into paying him money to test his software. That's great salesmanship but lately that's all I see or hear regarding SkyOS. I've been hearing "it's almost finished" for over 3 years now. It's almost as bad as AmigaOS4, but at least Hyperion finally delivered on their promise and released OS4 and didn't make their beta testers pay for the "privilege of testing".

It's also suffering from a terminal case of "creeping feature-itis". So many things are constantly being added/changed that it'll never be released/finished. The focus should be on device drivers, especially 3D accelerated video and network adapters.

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RE: Promising what?
by Shakey on Tue 2nd Jan 2007 03:07 in reply to "Promising what?"
Shakey Member since:
2005-10-11

I disagree.

I have greatly enjoyed working on the project, and would happily pay another $10 to do it again.

I mean ... we're only talking about $10. And that's a one-time fee. Big whoop.

I think you need a New Year's hug. ;)

Edited 2007-01-02 03:08

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RE[2]: Promising what?
by mikesum32 on Tue 2nd Jan 2007 04:39 in reply to "RE: Promising what?"
mikesum32 Member since:
2005-10-22

You payed 10 dollars ? Are you sure ? I payed 30. Maybe I got in too late, but it's 30 now.

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RE[2]: Promising what?
by ferrels on Tue 2nd Jan 2007 05:29 in reply to "RE: Promising what?"
ferrels Member since:
2006-08-15

Yeah, it's more than $10 USD and it started out as freeware/shareware. And like I said earlier, why should anyone pay him to test his OS? That's like paying Ford to find all the problems in their latest car!

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RE: Promising what?
by Darkness on Tue 2nd Jan 2007 03:43 in reply to "Promising what?"
Darkness Member since:
2005-08-27

first of all, if you pay for the beta, you pay for the final product as well. It's not like you will have to pay extra for the final release as well.

and device drivers are definately not the thing they should focus on most. What use is an OS that has a shitload of drivers but is very buggy and featureless...

And have you heard of any os that tries to get 3D drivers from the beginning? Look at how much difficulty the linux community has to get decent 3d drivers and then think again.

I do agree that there should be more networkdrivers but this will probably come once skyos gets near release.

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RE[2]: Promising what?
by arielb on Tue 2nd Jan 2007 11:06 in reply to "RE: Promising what?"
arielb Member since:
2006-11-15

you are assuming there will be a final product. 80/20 Pareto rule tells me one guy, even someone as brilliant as Robert isn't going to be able to fix all the boring bugs required for a stable, final release.

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RE: Promising what?
by Dark_Knight on Tue 2nd Jan 2007 16:38 in reply to "Promising what?"
Dark_Knight Member since:
2005-07-10

Even though SkyOS is supposed to be a commercial OS I agree with not charging people to test a company's software, at least not with a time limited license such as for 30 days. After all I've never had to pay to evaluate SUSE Linux from Novell or even Windows Vista from Microsoft. Most companies offer some sort of trial period which is usually 30 to 90 days for an OS. The developer of SkyOS on the other hand wants consumers to believe it's normal to charge someone to test a company's software. If the fee is for developers of third party commercial products to have a commercial license to run the OS with out a time limit then that would be more acceptable.

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RE[2]: Promising what?
by WereCatf on Tue 2nd Jan 2007 17:24 in reply to "RE: Promising what?"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

They aren't really charging you for the right to test the OS, haven't you read any of the comments here or on their site? You pay now, you will get all the updates _and_ the final SkyOS when it is released without having to pay anything anymore. It will cost a lot more when it is actually released, so it is a good deal. Also, why whine about it? It is still under development, so it is not even worth creating a proper evaluation version either. It is meant for OS enthusiasts and developers at the moment.

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