Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Jun 2009 21:24 UTC
SkyOS The future of SkyOS, the closed-source alternative operating system, had been hanging by a thread for a long time now. Barely any releases, until they came to a grinding halt altogether and Robert Szeleney explained he was pondering the future of SkyOS, and where to take it from here. One of the main problems was a lack of driver support which really made development difficult. Well, this is a problem Szeleney might be able to fix.
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RE: Unix-ized SkyOS?
by Laurence on Tue 9th Jun 2009 09:05 UTC in reply to "Unix-ized SkyOS?"
Laurence
Member since:
2007-03-26

As much as I like Unix or Unix-ish operating systems, I really want to be familiar with different non-Unix operating systems besides Windows. SkyOS should be fully open sourced or sell it to a company. I don't want a Unix-ized SkyOS.


Using a minix-clone Kernel won't make SkyOS "unix-y".

People often confuse userland tools with the kernel, but essentially all the kernel is, is an interface to the hardware.
Everything on top of that (from the command line to directory structures to GUI server, etc) are userland tools (in most *nix anyway - some OSs load the GUI server into the kernel).

So ALL SkyOS will be inheriting is driver support for (what you and I know as) SkyOS to talk to the hardware.


Or another way around, bring back the original BeOS for the sake of minimal healthy diversity

BeOS was more "unix-y" than SkyOS is!!!

Edited 2009-06-09 09:06 UTC

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RE[2]: Unix-ized SkyOS?
by neticspace on Wed 10th Jun 2009 08:54 in reply to "RE: Unix-ized SkyOS?"
neticspace Member since:
2009-06-09

People often confuse userland tools with the kernel, but essentially all the kernel is, is an interface to the hardware.


That's the problem. SkyOS and its userland are based on non-Unix dynamics. I don't think superimposing a Unix-ish component is a good idea.

BeOS was more "unix-y" than SkyOS is!!!


So does Amiga and not many people relate BeOS to Unix dynamics.

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RE[3]: Unix-ized SkyOS?
by Laurence on Wed 10th Jun 2009 14:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Unix-ized SkyOS?"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

That's the problem. SkyOS and its userland are based on non-Unix dynamics. I don't think superimposing a Unix-ish component is a good idea.


I think you're needlessly segregating things there.

These days the difference between the majority of PC kernels isn't all that significant. Plus it's not as if key functions from SkyOS's kernel can't be integrated into Linux (so long as the code is GPLed).
Linux has proven itself to be an adaptable kernel as it's been used on everything from servers to desktops to mobile phones to a whole plethora of other integrated devices.

And it's not as if this is the 1st occasion 2 different OSs have been mixed up like this.

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