Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 14:04 UTC
SkyOS Over the past couple of months, I've been getting a number of emails asking me about SkyOS' status. Since I didn't know anything beyond what's on the SkyOS website, and because, well, I have no affiliation with SkyOS, I couldn't really reply to these emails. However, after yet another email sent to me late last week, I decided to simply... Email Robert Szeleney, the man behind the project.
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by AndrewZ on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 16:05 UTC
AndrewZ
Member since:
2005-11-15

It's quite unfortunate but I think this quote sums it up:

"Let say, SkyOS is in a critical state at this moment, and sound the death knell on it yet would be quite easy, but trying to get it back on track is the real challenge currently"

And it seems his attention has already wandered over to iPhone development, which can be very interesting.

It does not seem like there is much effort into getting it back on track. So thank for the update, but there is no change in the status here.

If any SkyOS people want to try out development on a very unique OS, I invite you to start here:
http://www.osnews.com/story/22903/Writing_Applications_for_Haiku

It's a great way to spend time until something happens with SkyOS.

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RE: sad
by Laurence on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 17:48 in reply to "sad"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Indeed.

If he doesn't have the motivation to keep the project alive, then he should at least delegate it rather than stringing people along with "it's not dead! it's not dead! Honest" while coding for other projects.

While I think the whole open source argument is a little unfair (it's his project and FOSS isn't the answer for every development), at the very least he should be looking for partners.

It's almost as if he's just holding out for a corporate buyer. But I can't see there being any money there. If a free and more complete system like Linux is struggling, then what hope is there for an obscure OS like SkyOS?
Plus the OS market moves pretty rapidly so 6 months of stagnation can be lethal - let alone the 18 months of closed doors we've had.

I very nearly paid in to SkyOS about 6 months before it's death *ahem* hold (house move kept my finances tied up at the time). Part of me is gutted as it looked great - but most of me is chuffing glad I hadn't otherwise I'd have felt somewhat ripped off.

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by r_a_trip on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 18:26 in reply to "RE: sad"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

While I think the whole open source argument is a little unfair (it's his project and FOSS isn't the answer for every development), at the very least he should be looking for partners.

Well, it may be unfair, but with the current state of the project it isn't an outlandish argument. SkyOS is undead. The creator doesn't want to go on working on it, but the creator also refuses to let go. In it's current state it is just another comatose project without any real life relevance. Either set it free or let it die.

Claiming with a straight face there is still life in something that hasn't taken one breath in over a year is delusional.

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by Boomshiki on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 20:47 in reply to "RE: sad"
Boomshiki Member since:
2008-06-11

It's not really fair to fault him for writing iPhone apps right now. SkyOS is what everyone wants, but they won't pay his bills in the meantime. We can't expect the guy to go into debt until he figures stuff out.

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RE: sad
by nt_jerkface on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 19:07 in reply to "sad"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

It was his pet vapor-ware project and now he finds iphone development more interesting.

Open sourcing the code would just reveal how much GPL and BSD code he actually took.

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by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 19:17 in reply to "RE: sad"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Open sourcing the code would just reveal how much GPL and BSD code he actually took.


And you have proof supporting this statement?

You kill and eat babies. I'm sure of it. I can't prove it, but I just know.

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RE: sad
by jello on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 19:12 in reply to "sad"
jello Member since:
2006-08-08

Once a programmer looks into HAIKU why should he switch back to SkyOS?

No way!

@Robert: Sorry mate you lost a lot more than just a few SkyOS users; SkyOS as a OS platform is gone - history.
Have fun with what you enjoy now... writing iPhone apps.

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