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[2]: FAQ
by Ford Prefect on Sat 4th Aug 2007 13:59 UTC in reply to "RE: FAQ"
Ford Prefect
Member since:
2006-01-16

There is no real benefit for the user in "proprietary". If the same software would be available in a proprietary fashion or free, as in speech, the latter would always be the better choice.


But it is not always the best choice, monitary wise, for the developer. It would probably be no good choice for Coca Cola to give away their formula to everyone.


That said, I can understand users who don't want to forego the additional rights and power free software gives to them, even if they have to live with reduced functionality. For example, it is perfectly reasonable to not run software you don't have full control of in general. And enforcing free software is in effect enforcing your own rights, as a user.

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RE[3]: FAQ
by edwdig on Sun 5th Aug 2007 14:49 in reply to "RE[2]: FAQ"
edwdig Member since:
2005-08-22

That said, I can understand users who don't want to forego the additional rights and power free software gives to them, even if they have to live with reduced functionality.

I prefer the benefit of a stable platform. Open source systems are constantly changing. There is no such thing as a standard platform you can rely on users having. Open source developers typically have little regard for the importance of binary compatibility.

As a software developer, you have to spend far more time than you should keeping up with the ever changing APIs. It doesn't matter if your new API is slightly better than your old one if it means I have to keep rewriting my code with each new release.

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RE[4]: FAQ
by Ford Prefect on Sun 5th Aug 2007 15:07 in reply to "RE[3]: FAQ"
Ford Prefect Member since:
2006-01-16

The "ever changing" APIs is a myth. Most even stone age programs still compile on new systems without any patch needed.

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RE[4]: FAQ
by BurningShadow on Sun 5th Aug 2007 18:13 in reply to "RE[3]: FAQ"
BurningShadow Member since:
2006-09-07

No, not Open Source. Linux. L - I - N - U - X
Linux is Open Source. Open Source is not Linux.

Linux developers don't give a sh*t, but not all Open Source developers are like that.
Then have a look at Windows. A new API (on top of all the old ones) with ever release.

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