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: my 2cents
by Darkness on Tue 27th Nov 2007 01:53 UTC in reply to "my 2cents"
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Am i the only one who thinks that the only reason this project could exist is open source. Things like freetype,gcc,gecko,openbfs,cups.

Hey, where would linux be without all those open source projects?

Linux does not have the single right to this software...

It's the nature of open source to be used in different projects. Be it open or closed source...
Even if SkyOS is closed source, it does not keep changes to open source projects from their creators. Check the different projects and the skyos site, if you want the sources of some of those packages, they are freely available since most of them are just the standard releases (sometimes with only a few minor patches). Those patches are available to people that bought SkyOS so there is no GPL violation there...

Edited 2007-11-27 01:55 UTC

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RE[2]: my 2cents
by kaiwai on Tue 27th Nov 2007 03:49 in reply to "RE: my 2cents"
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Those patches are available to people that bought SkyOS so there is no GPL violation there...

Actually, a minor correction, these patches are available to everyone. If you want the patches just drop Robert and email and he'll send to you. IIRC he has already submitted patches back to the projects, but a good many of them one could class as useless since the changes are SkyOS specific and thus don't benefit anyone outside the SkyOS beta testing team.

As for why it is 'closed source' right now - does it actually matter? as far as I see, the only people clammering for the source code in this forum are those who know nothing about programming and simply want to 'give it a try' rather than anything to do with contribution.

As for the future; its all up to Robert, for all we know he could start selling Intel based machines loaded with SkyOS like what is done with Apple Mac's. It'll be great once it gets to the stage of being ready for 'public release'. As for his reason, I'd say control - opensource isn't the panacea for all problems, and when it comes to developing user orientated applications that need alot of focus and control, the opensource model isn't always the best one - sometimes a mixture is (open and closed source components working together).

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