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: How to finish SkyOS...
by mikesum32 on Sat 31st Jan 2009 06:31 UTC in reply to "How to finish SkyOS..."
mikesum32
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2005-10-22

It's nice that Robert gets to keep our money. I remember promises of shipped discs.

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RE[2]: How to finish SkyOS...
by Matzon on Sat 31st Jan 2009 07:30 in reply to "RE: How to finish SkyOS..."
Matzon Member since:
2005-07-06

Running a tight economy at home?

The amount of money you're talking about is nothing compared to what you probably spend on toilet paper in the same period of time...

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RE[3]: How to finish SkyOS...
by mikesum32 on Sat 31st Jan 2009 08:56 in reply to "RE[2]: How to finish SkyOS..."
mikesum32 Member since:
2005-10-22

30 or 300

It's not the money, it's the breaking of a promise.

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RE[2]: How to finish SkyOS...
by looncraz on Sat 31st Jan 2009 17:59 in reply to "RE: How to finish SkyOS..."
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2005-07-24

Nothing in my plan prevents shipped discs. I'd like to have a finished product and an official CD as well.

I paid twice because the first time ( years and years ago ) I purchased the full version only, without the betas. I never expected such a long delay :-(

Finally, after seeing the many changes that have happened in SkyOS, I decided WTH, I'll buy in to the beta, and just get two discs.. or at least help support the development in some way ( OSes are complex to develop - I've been there, y'know ). I like the betas, even though they have some bugs.

The haiku file system's inclusion is very nice, and the system does run well, with a fairly decent layout. I haven't had a good look at the API, sadly. Performance generally seemed above par, and progress was going like bonkers.

Having kids generally destroys people's lives, and I see no way for this to get done any time soon without bringing in more talent.

Of course, the saddest part of this all will be when the money-back demands begin in earnest. I won't be doing it, personally, though I may try and get my hands on the sources to try and keep the project alive ( I know SMP like nobodies business ). I would accept the code access as payment ;-)

Oh well, this is why I hoped to never have kids...

--The loon

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RE[3]: How to finish SkyOS...
by yahya on Sat 31st Jan 2009 20:09 in reply to "RE[2]: How to finish SkyOS..."
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2007-03-29


[...]
Having kids generally destroys people's lives, and I see no way for this to get done any time soon without bringing in more talent.

[...]
Oh well, this is why I hoped to never have kids...

--The loon


Don't blame it on the Kids. It can be anything.

In the case of AtheOS, it was that Kurt Skauen eventually got bored with coding, got a pilot licence and spent most of his time playing around with a plane he bought ( see http://www.atheos.cx/news.php3 ) Fortunately, AtheOS was GPL'ed and was reborn as Syllable. Software, which depends on a single person is never safe. Less so is proprietary software. Last example was ZETA, now SkyOS is just another demonstration of the same, but the first one where the blame is put on kids. But this is ridiculous. If a project can fold just because one coder has become a father, then something about the project is fundamentally wrong. In this case: That is is proprietary but without having the resources you would need if you really want to support a proprietary product.

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