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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RE: sad
by Laurence on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 17:48 UTC 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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RE[2]: sad
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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RE[3]: sad
by Laurence on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 18:30 in reply to "RE[2]: sad"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

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.


Hense my point.
There are other options outside of death and open source

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RE[2]: sad
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[3]: sad
by Laurence on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 21:47 in reply to "RE[2]: sad"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

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.


While his financial accounts are none of my business, he clearly states his iPhone business is in addition to his day job and I'd be surprised if anyone chooses to raise a family based on the projected earnings of an unstable income.

But fair enough the extra income is always welcome when starting a family.

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