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[6]: open source?
by sakeniwefu on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 14:40 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: open source?"
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OpenSolaris couldn't take off because it doesn't have anything to sell.

The niche is all but exhausted.

Linux was the first and it has GNU and the GPL. FreeBSD is reasonably well done, free and can incorporate unfree and weirdly licensed code easily unlike GPL code.

Other BSDs fill even smaller niches. There is just no place for ugly OpenSolaris to fit into.

But it still contributed some code and ideas to other projects. You can't really call it "dead".

If SkyOS had something to contribute it would be nice to open source it, but above all the author's will has to be respected. He wrote it after all. If you want code, write it yourself, don't demand.

Still, IMO, he was a bit too ambitious when he thought he could do it alone even years ago.

You can do a proof of concept alone, but a real OS that people actually want to use, and even pay for, now and 20 years ago needs a lot of work, and a single man just cannot do it. Even if you are aiming for embedded systems.

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