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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My only concerns with SkyOS...
by adamk on Tue 27th Nov 2007 11:04 UTC
adamk
Member since:
2005-07-08

Last time I used it, it lacked a whole lot of drivers. It would boot on my machine, but what good is an OS that doesn't support your sound card or network card?

But my biggest concern is what happens to the project when Robert gets bored. He's certainly allowed to license it as he sees fit, but if he ever gets tired of working on the project or, for whatever reason, is unable to continue working on it, there goes any investment users have put into SkyOS. That's the downside to using proprietary software.

Adam

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

But my biggest concern is what happens to the project when Robert gets bored. He's certainly allowed to license it as he sees fit, but if he ever gets tired of working on the project or, for whatever reason, is unable to continue working on it, there goes any investment users have put into SkyOS.


Agreed. Even if he WERE to open source it right before he gets bored or quits, he'd be the only one intimate enough with the code to understand it. This really is a valid concern, even though it gets dismissed by SkyOS people all the time.

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bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

But my biggest concern is what happens to the project when Robert gets bored.

HEAR! HEAR!

--bornagainpenguin

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Lakedaemon Member since:
2005-08-07

Well, the sooner you enter the SkyOS Beta Team, the most value you get !

I paid 30 for SkyOS some 2 or three years ago,
and since then I received more new features/ports/bug fixes/patches through the SkyOS releases (read SkyOS service pack) that I ever had for windows xp or any game.

Besides, if (or when) Robert gets bored...your copy of SkyOS won't stop working...(strangely, people don't whine or complain that much about proprietary games, that cost much more than 30,that will be obsolete much sooner than SkyOS, and whose support usually ends after 6 months)....and there are still people who love "dead" oses like OS2 or BeOS (no flame war intended).


On a side note, I can't wait for more lovely screen shots....for example, to display what the new theme engine is capable of.
Creators, please do impress me with your beautiful inovative designs !


keep up the good work SkyOS Team !
Lakedaemon

Edited 2007-11-27 17:47

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Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24

I do think the argument of Robert getting bored and thus killing SkyOS is exaggerated, afaik there are already other developers helping him out who has access to the source code and could continue the work should Robert take a timeout or whatever. there's no denying that he is THE driving force behind SkyOS and that him leaving for an extended period would slow down the project immensily but I find it unlikely that it would be dead. above all, I find it incredibly unlikely that Robert would actually get tired of SkyOS, especially now that all his hard work is starting to bear fruit.

while I look forward to trying the LiveCD, I have no interest in installing SkyOS as an alternate OS, this is because I personally find the open source development model superior, particularly for projects such as this.

that doesn't mean however, that I don't find SkyOS interesting from an OS development/technical point of view, nor that I'm not impressed with the work done by Robert and the rest of the SkyOS developers. and it certainly doesn't mean that I think Robert is doing anything wrong in going the commercial route. his project, his choice.

yes, there are alot of open source components in SkyOS, some of which are essential, others that are non-essential. but they were licenced by the original authors to allow inclusion in propriety software or licenced to allow being shipped with propriety software, so by using such code Robert is doing nothing wrong.

had the authors of the code not wanted their code to be used in this fashion they would have licenced it differently. it's the authors of the code that stipulates under what conditions it can be used, if you follow those set conditions you are doing nothing wrong.

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