Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Mar 2013 13:07 UTC, submitted by Chris_G
SkyOS The SkyOS website went offline last week following the expiration of its domain name. SkyOS was a thing way, way back in the day, but fizzled out due to disinterest from its lead (and only) developer. It's definitively gone now - I used to have virtually every release from 2.x onwards on discs here, but I threw them all out a few years ago. If you're feeling nostalgic, peruse our SkyOS news archive.
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It was proprietary
by lindkvis on Mon 18th Mar 2013 14:39 UTC
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And the chances of a proprietary OS primarily developed by one person making any serious dent into a market carved up by several massive proprietary players, was always remote.

You would either need to carve out your own very narrow but lucrative niche (i.e. embedded), or open source it and hope you could gather some momentum with contributors. And even this was always going to be difficult, with Free/OSS competitors like GNU/Linux and *BSD.

I'm impressed with what Szeleney managed to achieve, but did anyone ever seriously think this was going to be big?

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RE: It was proprietary
by moondevil on Mon 18th Mar 2013 15:32 in reply to "It was proprietary"
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As I mention in a separate post even Linux and BSD only got funded because many saw in them a way out from the big UNIX vendors.

If they weren't UNIX clones, I doubt they would have gotten so far.

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RE: It was proprietary
by BlueofRainbow on Tue 19th Mar 2013 22:16 in reply to "It was proprietary"
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Many hobby OS explores new concepts and are driven by passionate coders/users. They often get shelved when other interests generate even stronger passions for the developer(s).

Some others are under-pinned by hopes of some commercial success. For a small team, it would not take that many "sales" (e.g. the betas for a fee) every year to provide a decent income - even if complementary to a regular day job.

From many hints (e.g. the AppStore) I have seen on the SkyOS web site, it appears that Robert had hopes of a commercial success one day. As that day did not seem to get nearer, interest faded.

Hopefully, he will let-it-go and open-source it for others to be passionate about it.

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