Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Jan 2009 20:58 UTC
SkyOS SkyOS has always been criticised for the fact that you have to pay for it in order to beta test it. I personally never saw a problem with this construction, especially since the price included a full copy of SkyOS 5 (they dropped the five) once it was completed. However, as of late, it has become increasingly clear that there may never be anything like a final version - or another test release for that matter. Update: In the comments, Robert Szeleney explained the current SkyOS situation in more detail. For future readers who find this article via a search engine, I've attached Robert's comment to the actual story for completeness' sake. The reply can also be found on the SkyOS website.
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RE: Comment by ddd_
by dragossh on Fri 30th Jan 2009 12:04 UTC in reply to "Comment by ddd_"
dragossh
Member since:
2008-12-16

He is developing SkyOS 5 for 6 years now. What makes you think he will ever finish it?

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by ddd_ on Fri 30th Jan 2009 13:12 in reply to "RE: Comment by ddd_"
RE[3]: Comment by ddd_
by midoriconcept on Fri 30th Jan 2009 13:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ddd_"
midoriconcept Member since:
2006-12-01

Well, Linux is not 'finished' as no software is ever completely done.
But Linux is enough good to be used in production environments by lot of companies...

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RE[3]: Comment by ddd_
by dragossh on Fri 30th Jan 2009 13:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ddd_"
dragossh Member since:
2008-12-16

Your comparison is not valid. Linux has stable versions, but SkyOS is in perpetual beta. Also, Linux is free and SkyOS is 30$.

"And its better to be closed as to be open and a mess."
Um... no. Just look at Amiga. Or at BeOS. Modern systems that died because they were closed.

Edited 2009-01-30 13:25 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by ddd_
by Vanger on Fri 30th Jan 2009 13:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ddd_"
Vanger Member since:
2007-11-28

It's been in active use for 16 years.
I can bet that even MenuetOS had bigger userbase than SkyOS.

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RE[3]: Comment by ddd_
by UltraZelda64 on Fri 30th Jan 2009 18:44 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ddd_"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

"Well when is Linux "finished"? Its been in development for 16 years.

Why not go to DistroWatch and look for a distro labeled "stable" or "final" and not a beta release? There's no shortage of them. Meanwhile, the kernel itself is on a schedule which releases a "stable" version regularly.

I think you're confusing the words "finished" (as in completely done; nothing left to do) with "ready for use." And software never gets truly finished in that way, since even the most "complete" software will start to show limitations eventually. "Finished" in the context that it was used simply means ready for use by more than just beta testers.

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RE[2]: Comment by ddd_
by axilmar on Tue 3rd Feb 2009 11:36 in reply to "RE: Comment by ddd_"
axilmar Member since:
2006-03-20

His development model is not good.

He should develop each component separately, test it, then move on to the next one.

If he did that, in 5 years he would have developed much more software and not in beta quality.

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