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Syllable, like pretty much any hobby os, is dead. The only ones surviving are either supported by corporations - Windows, Os X, QNX, Symbian, Android, Solaris, either supported by big comunities - Linux(es), FreeBSD, OpenBSD, OpenIndiana.
But Syllable, SkyOS, Haiku, Menuet, ReactOS, are pretty much dead.
While 30 years ago a single guy could sit in front of his computer and write something like DOS or Minix in a year, writing something comparable to Windows, Os X or Linux in complexity requires pretty big resources.
Good reply. :-) I don't think we will be able to agree on a common definition of "dead" here on OSNews. For informational purposes: Syllable Server is currently being rolled out at a large, established US company. It's literally a household name: they're producing housekeeping materials.
I'll admit this isn't the glorious sort of news that OSNews geeks like to dwell on. ;-)
On the topic of Haiku as a dead OS. I'd seriously disagree. I have a machine here that's set up to technically triple boot Linux (Ubuntu), Windows, and Haiku. To be honest, i use Haiku the most out of the three. In it's current state, it's more than usable.
Syllable is interesting, and REBOL is very powerful and can produce some fantastic stuff if you learn it. I personally don't code REBOLm, but i know someone who's pretty good at it (He should be, he's the son of the creator of REBOL XD )