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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Thom_Holwerda
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2005-06-29

No, it was because the word "promise" does NOT, I repeat, does NOT constitute a 100% certainty, as some here believe. A promise to do xyz means that you will do everything possible (in Kelly's words: "...but we're really shooting to make it happen") to accomplish xyz-- not that it actually WILL get done without a doubt.

Were that to be the case, the headline would have been: "SkyOS 5 To Be Released in 2007". Instead, I opted for a formulation expressing less certainty, namely, the use of the verb "to promise", which in a case of a 70% certainty makes perfect sense.

promise n.
1.
a. A declaration assuring that one will or will not do something; a vow.
b. Something promised.
2. Indication of something favorable to come; expectation: a promise of spring in the air.
3. Indication of future excellence or success: a player of great promise.

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Kelly Rush Member since:
2005-06-30

How about this: I 70% promise that SkyOS will be released in 2007. Of course, I 30% promise you nothing! ;)

Seriously though, I can't say with absolute, 100% certainty that SkyOS will definitely, for sure be released this year. Ultimately, this will only happen if Robert is able to finalize everything. However, we have discussed it quite a bit, and I'm not going to go into all the details at this time, but the summary is:

- We want to release SkyOS before 2008 hits, and
- My best estimate says there is around a 70% chance of us making this happen

Obviously, that leaves some room for error, which leaves us room for the un-foreseen.

So bottom line, Thom phrased something one way, that may have been right or wrong, but he changed it. No harm, no foul. I'm not upset about it, so also taking into account that he changed it, let's go ahead and let this one go. Deal? ;)

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I have not changed anything, actually.

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ferrels Member since:
2006-08-15

Wow, you should be a lawyer or on Bill Clinton's staff. I think you need to go to the dictionary and brush up on the meaning of "promise".

Edited 2007-01-02 21:44

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dostrowski Member since:
2006-11-10

Thom look at the first two definitions that are, bar none, the most common uses for the word. The article does not indicate "a vow" that SkyOS will have a new release in 2007 nor does it have "a declaration assuring that" the SkyOS team will release in 2007. It contains a prediction. If you can't see the difference, I'm not sure what to tell you other than take a deductive reasoning class.

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