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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OSS vs proprietary
by Laurence on Tue 27th Nov 2007 01:34 UTC
Laurence
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2007-03-26

Why oh why oh why oh why do we have the same sodding argument every time there's a SkyOS article? To say it's getting a little old would be a massive understatement.

For a change, why can't people comment on the product itself? Just because it's not open source doesn't mean we can't discus the merits / drawbacks to the chosen interface or possible suggestions for future features - or even contribute to the project itself by actually developing some code under SkyOSs beta programme.

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RE: OSS vs proprietary
by madcrow on Tue 27th Nov 2007 01:55 in reply to "OSS vs proprietary"
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2006-03-13

Maybe we can't do that because we can't try it... Some of us (aka anyone who bought Vista or Leopard) are sick and tired of PAYING to participate in beta tests ;)

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RE[2]: OSS vs proprietary
by Laurence on Tue 27th Nov 2007 03:37 in reply to "RE: OSS vs proprietary"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

"Maybe we can't do that because we can't try it... Some of us (aka anyone who bought Vista or Leopard) are sick and tired of PAYING to participate in beta tests ;) "


So don't leave comments then. It's hardly fair to criticize a product you're not even prepared to try.

The whole paying for betas is an old argument that's been addressed many times before, but at the end of the day it's not your product to dictate how it should or shouldn't be funded.

If money really is the only thing stopping you from actually posting something constructive then how about you wait a little more patiently for the /free/ live CD which has been promised, give that a spin, and then comment?

I, for one, am sick and tired of all the hard work these guys are doing getting completely ignored in favor of petty arguments from the open source community.

Edited 2007-11-27 03:38

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RE: OSS vs proprietary
by Soulbender on Tue 27th Nov 2007 04:02 in reply to "OSS vs proprietary"
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2005-08-18

Why oh why oh why oh why do we have the same sodding argument every time there's a SkyOS article?


Because people are idiots.

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RE: OSS vs proprietary
by quackalist on Tue 27th Nov 2007 04:23 in reply to "OSS vs proprietary"
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2007-08-27

Doubtless, the same arguments will be aired, yet, again the next time too. If only cause most wont pay for a beta and without hands-on experience theirs not really a lot else to say. Part of the price it pays for not being 'open' in the sense of most other betas of closed source projects.

I care less & less to even bother reading of its 'progress'. But, by all means, argue amongst yourselves as the rest of us,nevermind the 'real world', doesn't really give a damn, any more.

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v RE: OSS vs proprietary
by bornagainenguin on Tue 27th Nov 2007 16:56 in reply to "OSS vs proprietary"
RE: OSS vs proprietary
by bornagainenguin on Fri 30th Nov 2007 03:56 in reply to "OSS vs proprietary"
bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

For a change, why can't people comment on the product itself?

Okay, I'll give it a shot!

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Hmmm...

That's a really nice screen shot? Oh and look! They've managed a Gecko port to their C++ API! Isn't that just lovely for them, just think if they keep it up they'll manage to get an A++ in there some where. Jolly good of them to bring Wikipedia to the desktop! I say just think of the possibilities--an encyclopedia ANYONE can edit! What will they think of next? What WILL they think of next! I can hardly wait for next month's regularly scheduled beta release so we'll all have another screen shot to gawk at!

....

Y'know maybe you're on to something after all...

--bornagainpenguin (fully tongue in cheek and saying only positive things about SkyOS for a change--now mod me down anyway! >;-)

EDIT: reposted due to improper moderation pushing it off the page...

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