The SkyOS team has released Build 5550 to beta testers. Highlights of this release: improved login and installer including progress bar; MMX/SSE and improved MTRR support which results in better VESA perfomance; Factory (utility used for building/porting software); support for Mono; Apache, APR, VLC, Perl, etc.; VMWare tools service; new Software Store; WebServer service; many improvements for developers; 206 fixed bugs since last beta; and much more.
SkyOS Beta Build 5550 Released
Submitted by Tomasz Dominikowski 2006-03-26 SkyOS 8 Comments
Congrats to Robert on another fine release. This one pushes the limit of SkyOS usability. It adds many new features, and fixes many bugs. A great release all around.
Also, the news of much more frequent releases to beta testers is a welcomed sight.
On yet another note, SkyOS has moved away from Beta 8, 9, 10, 11, etc in favor of build numbers.
If anyone is interested in seeing how SkyOS’s build numbers have progressed, see this page:
This is amazing work for one guy to accomplish himself. I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point in the future, a major company pays millions to acquire this OS, like Apple did with NeXT. Who knows, if Vista really is Microsoft’s Copland, we could be looking at the next version of Windows here.
Those ultra-thick window borders really need to go, though. The trend these days is borderless (OS X) or trasparent (Vista). Thick, solid borders look clunky.