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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RE[5]: Promising what?
by Kelly Rush on Tue 2nd Jan 2007 22:35 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Promising what?"
Kelly Rush
Member since:
2005-06-30

I'm not going to look right now, but I'm pretty sure we didn't even start working on SkyOS 5 until roughly August of 2003, and we didn't start taking beta testers until January of 2004, so....

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RE[6]: Promising what?
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 2nd Jan 2007 22:45 in reply to "RE[5]: Promising what?"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

SkyOS started the beta program in December 2004 [1], while the first mention of SkyOS v5 was the design contest in - indeed - August 2003 [2].

[1] http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=5440
[2] http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=4325

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RE[7]: Promising what?
by ferrels on Tue 2nd Jan 2007 23:49 in reply to "RE[6]: Promising what?"
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2006-08-15

And prior to the beta program of 2004 it was a free download.

Why don't we all start sending Microsoft $30 a pop just for the privilege of debugging their latest copy of Vista? Even the evil empire has seen the virtue in letting people beta test their OS for free. Or better yet, why don't you pay me to come to my office and do my job for me.

If you've made less than $300 USD working on SkyOS, then that should send you a message. Your business model is flawed. You'd get a lot more testers if SkyOS betas were cost-free. Even drug dealers know that you get your customers hooked by giving them free samples. Then you make them pay later. I'm not criticizing the OS. I truly like it and think it's a great alternative. I just think that the business model is flawed. Get people hooked on this great OS and as you make new functions/features available, then charge them for your R&D efforts. It's worked great for the "evil empire aka Microsoft" and other businesses as well.

Edited 2007-01-03 00:02

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RE[7]: Promising what?
by Kelly Rush on Wed 3rd Jan 2007 05:57 in reply to "RE[6]: Promising what?"
Kelly Rush Member since:
2005-06-30

I think you mean December of 2003, but I get what you mean. ;) Actually, I think that article said that we were taking PRE-orders for the beta at that time, but if memory serves me correctly, we sent the first batch out (I believe we sent actual CDs for the first few batches) around mid-January...I could be wrong though. ;)

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