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