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

I said "cool ideas" NOT "code". An OS is more than the product of it's code.

As for giving back, I'm sure the developer(s) of SkyOS already *are* publishing/distributing source patches to GPL'd works, otherwise they would be violating the terms of the license.

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