Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd Aug 2007 23:09 UTC
SkyOS SkyOS beta 6762 has been released. "SkyOS Beta 6762 is now available to download directly from the Beta Center. This build features the new Viewer, a huge performance increase, 36 additional API Classes, updated libraries, a new font alpha blending method, 280+ fixed bugs including critical boot bug fixes."
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RE: Pfff ...
by WereCatf on Sat 4th Aug 2007 12:18 UTC in reply to "Pfff ..."
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That OS is using GPL and BSD code all over the place

If GPL code had been "all over the place" they'd have to open their sources to others, you know that? Or do you mean apps like wine, which are GPL but aren't actually part of the OS....

The GUI is ugly and aged badly

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. To my eye it looks just fine.

Worst of all it's closed source, what the heck?

So? Not everything has to be open-source to be of good quality >_> Something being open-source doesn't automatically make it perfect. I know quite a bunch of very poor quality open-source apps too. I do support open-source but I have no delusions about it.

And I have to pay for Beta, where can I send my complains?

And I have to pay for food? For any commercial linux distro? TV? Not everything is completely free, as in money. Deal with it. Besides, if you paid for the Beta now you would get the final release for free so it's not a bad idea IMHO.

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RE[2]: Pfff ...
by whomever on Sat 4th Aug 2007 13:54 in reply to "RE: Pfff ..."
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Why don't you look at:


Now the syllable class has been around since AtheOS days, so does it not look like it is an exact copy?

Do you not see that Robert does use GPL code?

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RE[3]: Pfff ...
by Jack Burton on Sat 4th Aug 2007 14:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Pfff ..."
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"Now the syllable class has been around since AtheOS days, so does it not look like it is an exact copy?

Do you not see that Robert does use GPL code?"

The similarities between the various classes interfaces (and not just the ones you linked to) are really impressive. But that only proves, if anything, that Robert took inspiration from Syllable's api.

Of course, since we cannot see SkyOS's code, we can't tell if he also copied the implementation of the classes.

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RE[3]: Pfff ...
by averycfay on Sat 4th Aug 2007 16:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Pfff ..."
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Wow. I just randomly looked at like 5 or 6 classes with the same name and they are pretty much identical. At most one or two functions are changed.

You can argue that it's only the interface, but header files are copyrighted too. Even if you change the definitions you can't just take the header file for a fairly complicated class and copy it verbatim. Furthermore, if the header files are the same it's pretty likely that the implementations are the same too. Someone would have to compare disassembly to be sure though

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