Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Aug 2013 11:01 UTC, submitted by Matt
SkyOS This is surprising.

We suggest using VMWare Player (Windows/Linux) or VMWare Fusion (MacOS) to run the Live CD or install the beta. Install SkyOS to your harddisk or run the Live CD natively on your own risk!

To run SkyOS in VMWare just:

  • create a new virtual machine and point it to the ISO image you downloaded
  • give it at least 2GB of RAM
  • use a virtual IDE harddisk (we don't suggest using a physical partition in order to prevent possible data loss)
  • optionally Install SkyOS from the running Live CD to get all available applications and utilities

SkyOS was quite prominent on OSNews between 2003-2008 - it was coded virtually entirely by Austrian Robert Szeleney in his free time. It achieved a relatively usable state on the desktop - especially considering it was a one man project - but it did suffer from what I call the 'ooh shiney!'-syndrome - it was a hobby project for Szeleney, and as such, focus tended to shift around quite often, depending on whatever he wanted to work on at that time.

SkyOS originally started out as a mere bootloader, but eventually expanded into becoming an entire operating system. In the early days - up until version 4.x - SkyOS was freely available, but it wasn't open source (I believe the 1.x versions may have been, though, I can't recall). After that, Szeleney started charging a small fee for access to the SkyOS 5 beta, which some considered controversial. The SkyOS 5.0 release cycle started with its first alpha release in December 2003, and ended with the release of beta build 6947 in August 2008 - a final release never materialised.

The project seemed to fizzle out, but Szeleney did experiment with using third party kernels, like a BSD kernel or a Linux kernel. That was the last we heard of it - and earlier this year, the website went dark.

So, it's quite a surprise to see that over the weekend, Szeleney has made the last beta release of SkyOS 5.0 - build 6947 - available for free. I somehow doubt we'll see development pick up again, but it's nice to have the latest release out in the open for everyone to play with.

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RE: Hmmm
by Invincible Cow on Tue 13th Aug 2013 15:53 UTC in reply to "Hmmm"
Invincible Cow
Member since:
2006-06-24

Just be patient. It takes a long time to connect, but it is possible to download.

Direct link: http://www.skyos.org/downloads/beta/retail_6947.rar

user: public
serial: 4Q7W5-HTRRW-6WYHW-45KW7-XQLXL
(as written on the skyos.org frontpage)

Edited 2013-08-13 15:55 UTC

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RE[2]: Hmmm
by chowyunpat on Wed 14th Aug 2013 01:23 in reply to "RE: Hmmm"
chowyunpat Member since:
2006-07-05

I can verify this link works, because I just finished downloading it on 8/13/2013 at 8:15pm CST. It does take awhile; I clicked on the link and then an hour later, I finally got the download prompt. Thanks for providing that Invincible Cow!

Edited 2013-08-14 01:26 UTC

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RE[3]: Hmmm
by younotme on Wed 14th Aug 2013 13:35 in reply to "RE[2]: Hmmm"
younotme Member since:
2013-08-13

could you possibly mirror it somewhere?

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RE[2]: Hmmm
by priit on Wed 14th Aug 2013 06:41 in reply to "RE: Hmmm"
priit Member since:
2005-07-06

Link works! Thank you.

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RE[2]: Hmmm - Sources Included?
by BlueofRainbow on Wed 14th Aug 2013 14:05 in reply to "RE: Hmmm"
BlueofRainbow Member since:
2009-01-06

Would anyone who has been successful in accessing the ISO let us know if the sources are included? If so, this would help being extremely patient.

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RE[3]: Hmmm - Sources Included?
by priit on Thu 15th Aug 2013 06:48 in reply to "RE[2]: Hmmm - Sources Included?"
priit Member since:
2005-07-06

No sources. Full file list in ISO: http://pastebin.com/AE6pjFC6

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RE[3]: Hmmm - Sources Included?
by priit on Thu 15th Aug 2013 07:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Hmmm - Sources Included?"
priit Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, let's see how much bandwidth it consumes, uploaded to http://0c24f36ecb279f29ad14-1f21e6e3949f54414246574a4c17e5a1.r93.cf...

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