Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Nov 2007 21:36 UTC, submitted by Coldfirex
SkyOS SkyOS build 6814 has been released. Among its new features are streaming support, system-wide spell checking, the Mozilla embedded Gecko engine (which is used to create a few applications like a Wikipedia reader), an updated Viewer (file manager), a new theme engine, and more.
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Closed source / Proprietary?
by aniruddha on Mon 26th Nov 2007 23:18 UTC
aniruddha
Member since:
2007-11-26

I am really surprised to see that SkyOS uses a closed source development model. Anyone knows the reasoning behind this?

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islander Member since:
2007-04-11

I think you are asking for trouble, no offense.Everytime a story of SkyOs is posted it tends to go down this line and gets pretty nasty.If I were you I wont go there.

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RE: Closed source / Proprietary?
by baadger on Mon 26th Nov 2007 23:44 in reply to "Closed source / Proprietary?"
baadger Member since:
2006-08-29

My *guess* is that a closed source environment naturally allows for a more polished and integrated stack. In open source development you are constantly under a certain level of pressure from external contributors and users to get exciting new developments merged, which can break your focus and require a butt load of discipline to manage.

Not to mention, in this early stage of development it is also possible all the cool ideas would be stolen or ported to Linux and the OS would never get a chance to shine on its own...

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zizban Member since:
2005-07-06

It was simpler than that: It was Robert's project and he wants complete control. It's his hobby, his code, his choice.

Oh there is a Skyos theme for gnome. I kid you not.

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Al2001 Member since:
2005-07-06

Not to mention, in this early stage of development it is also possible all the cool ideas would be stolen or ported to Linux and the OS would never get a chance to shine on its own...

Now wouldn't that be ironic! Do you have any idea how much of the userland in this OS is ported from Linux? heaven forbid he would give anything back.

Edited 2007-11-27 01:02

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

Sometimes a person just wants to build something on their own, having total control over the way its done.

This is difficult with the OSS model as the fragmentation and forking of code can get out of control. This is perfectly reasonable, and based on the success and community around SkyOS, it's clearly a workable situation even for an alternative OS.

SkyOS was actually open source up to version 4.0 and subsequently closed by the author.

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Brandon Member since:
2005-08-07

Up to 3 actually I believe, maybe 2.

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RE: Closed source / Proprietary?
by Kishe on Tue 27th Nov 2007 07:13 in reply to "Closed source / Proprietary?"
Kishe Member since:
2006-02-16

The simple story is, the main developer doesnt want the project to stray off his hands in to the wild lands of forklandia.

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aniruddha Member since:
2007-11-26

Sorry, I didn't knew this was such a hot issue. Personally I couldn't care less which license an OS uses. After all were all free to choose if we use it or not.

Anyhow I was just amazed it was closed source from a commercial perspective.If you look at tons of examples in the past imo this isn't a viable business alternative for a niche market OS (BeOS, Zeta anyone?).

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Sorry, I didn't knew this was such a hot issue. Personally I couldn't care less which license an OS uses. After all were all free to choose if we use it or not.

Anyhow I was just amazed it was closed source from a commercial perspective.If you look at tons of examples in the past imo this isn't a viable business alternative for a niche market OS (BeOS, Zeta anyone?).


How long have you been reading this site? every time SkyOS has news, there is at least 1/2 dozen half witts who come out of their hovel to bashing Robert and his project. Some of us, even those of us who don't use it, are sick and tired of the same stupid lies being repeated everytime.

Heck, I've used this site since 2004 (possibly 2003), before it became a 'register to post' site. I've seen people come and go. I find it funny that there are people who have still been living under a rock in respects to these projects.

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