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[2]: my 2cents
by Vanders on Tue 27th Nov 2007 08:04 UTC in reply to "RE: my 2cents"
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Code like Gecko, CUPS -- that's just copyleft cruft. The meat of the OS, what you pay for, is closed-source software.

Wait, what? BeFS, GCC and FreeType (To name three) are "cruft"?

You take out the open-source cruft from SkyOS, and you have an operating system.

Not even Robert would agree with you, I'd wager. If all of the OSS components were removed Robert would have a lot of work to do, not least of which would be finding a compiler that could build everything. He chose to use OSS components because he doesn't want to do that work, and because they're good quality.

I can never decide if you're a troll, or just don't know what you're talking about. At the moment I'm leaning towards the later.

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RE[3]: my 2cents
by stestagg on Wed 28th Nov 2007 13:17 in reply to "RE[2]: my 2cents"
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Atually, this time, I'm with Almafeta.

His point is that a kernel should be able to boot without most of the userland tools, while, without a kernel, you cannot boot (without some very very clever programming). So you could pretty easily create a skyos that doesn't rely on freetype/firefox/even openBfs, it may not be so functional, but it would work.
However you could not easily make firefox NOT rely on an operating system.

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RE[4]: my 2cents
by Vanders on Wed 28th Nov 2007 15:39 in reply to "RE[3]: my 2cents"
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No, that isn't his point. Calling critical system components "cruft" is ridiculous.

Edited 2007-11-28 15:40

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