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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would it be out before duke nukem forever?
by kwanbis on Tue 27th Nov 2007 00:45 UTC
kwanbis
Member since:
2005-07-06

it looks really interesting, but it has been in beta testing for what? 3 years?

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

It's actually more like alpha, really.

Usually the definition of "Beta" refers to a product that is feature complete, but buggy, or has known issues.

Since new features are being added to SkyOS at every release, it's certainly not Beta in the normal sense. This is why it's not out of "beta" yet.

Besides, Wine was in alpha for like 12 years before they released the first beta... go figure.

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Ventajou Member since:
2006-10-31

Actually I would argue it's more a release candidate by KDE standards...

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justin.68 Member since:
2006-09-16

I don't think it's a fair comparison. Wine is an emulator and its developers have to cope with Windows flavours, quirks and changes, in order to make it compatible with tons of software, as well as keep it updated with the host OS. SkyOS is a closed source project and an independent OS. I'd say the SkyOS team have hardware compatibility issues to cope with: drivers to test and hardware to keep updated with.

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google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

does this really need to be brought up in every story on sky?

Yes, it has been in beta forever. It is just one guy developing it. It is not vapourware, it is improving at a measurable rate (actually, remarkably quickly) The only difference between sky and all those >1.0 apps in linux is that sky has a closed beta program.

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