Linked by Andrew Youll on Fri 26th Aug 2005 22:57 UTC, submitted by Matt Turner
SkyOS After a great deal of interest from the community, we have decided to officially open the "SkyOS Code Ransom". In a nutshell, the SkyOS Code Ransom is a system to encourage developers to port various software packages to SkyOS, as well as a way to reward them for their efforts. Depending on how successful and how much interest there is in the "SkyOS Code Ransom", we may expand this feature of the website a great deal more in the future.
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RE: Interesting
by eosp on Sat 27th Aug 2005 03:11 UTC in reply to "Interesting"
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So instead, most of the US spends ~$150 on an OS that is [i]guaranteed[i] not to work.

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RE[2]: Interesting
by on Sat 27th Aug 2005 03:39 in reply to "RE: Interesting"
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> So instead, most of the US spends ~$150 on an OS that is guaranteed not to work.

UberBullCrap. It's time you realise that Windows actually works for most people. I don't use it 'cause I don't like it, but really, it works for my dad, my sister, brother and friends. And when I say it works, I mean it.

You enjoy 'alternative' OSes? Good for you. But please get your facts straight. They're called alternative OSes for a reason, and Microsoft's monopoly is not established only by their dark marketting and propaganda. I say it once more... They actually made an OS that JUST WORKS for a huge part of the planet.

Worth 150 bucks? Maybe so...

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RE[3]: Interesting
by on Sat 27th Aug 2005 11:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting"
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>> So instead, most of the US spends ~$150 on an OS that is guaranteed not to work.

>UberBullCrap. It's time you realise that Windows actually works for most people...

Not only that windows works for most users, it is for free (or it appears that way to them) since it comes preinstalled on their computer. The average user buys his PC, dose 2 or 3 things with it and when it dies 5, 8 or even 10 years later it was never updated. All this buying a new PC when the new MHz is about 3 times as high as your current PCs and updating to new versions of windows or even installing Linux is out of the ordinary.

The fact is that most PC users are something that most people reading OSNews or Slashdot or anything along the line would absolutely despise, but they are in the majority and they are the average PC user even if they piss you of with “can you fix my computer, I installed something bad” all the time. And they are not searching for SkyOS as their salvation of Windows/Linux/Mac bondage so pleas don’t use that for marketing, is sucks. OK?

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RE[4]: Interesting
by eosp on Sat 27th Aug 2005 15:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting"
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Sure, Windows works now, but remember how Me "worked"? There was too much bloat for the system.

And look at Vista coming out. Everyone's worried because its hardware requirements are so high. Even on the basic mode, which basically _is_ WinXP, the suggestion for the current beta is about twice what is found in one of today's typical machines. 512 mb of RAM is needed.

Ask ten random people if they have 512 mb of ram, and I can assure you the response will be somewhere around this:
2 people will say "What does that mean?"
3 people will say "No, my PC only has 128 (or 256)."
2 people will say "I don't have a computer."
That leaves only 3 people to say "Yes, I have 512." If that many.

So how's that for "works for people?"

On another note, how many people do you actually think use most of the bloat in Windows? The accessibility tools--if people need them, they need something more powerful. Even the screenreader says on startup, "You probably need something more powerful if you need this program." How many people do you think have ever used Character Map? Or "system restore"?

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v RE[3]: Interesting
by on Sat 27th Aug 2005 20:36 in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting"
RE[2]: Interesting
by on Sat 27th Aug 2005 03:49 in reply to "RE: Interesting"
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"So instead, most of the US spends ~$150 on an OS that is guaranteed not to work."

No. most of the US pays a non-negotiable fee of ~$50 for an OEM copy of Windows when they buy their new computer.

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