Home > SkyOS > SkyOS Gets DVD Playback SkyOS Gets DVD Playback Submitted by Jonathan 2003-04-25 SkyOS 36 Comments Big advancements for the hobby OS, SkyOS. There is now a new screenshot of SkyOS playing DVD Movies in an media-player. The latest version of SkyOS also features a WinAMP-like mp3 player (only the ES371 sound card supported). About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 36 Comments 2003-04-25 8:11 am I burned the ISO to a CD and tried to boot it, but got a fatal error message because my video isn’t Vesa 2.0 compliant… oh well… (using i810 video) SkyOS boots off a FAT(32?) partition so you can look around on the CD even if you can’t actually use the thing. Everything looks very clean and organized, but seems almost like an imitation of Windows. The progress being made on this project is really amazing. It has (some)java, samba, opengl, a khtml based browser, and quake. The developers are doing an excellent job and this is definitely a project I will keep my eye on. 2003-04-25 8:12 am I’m getting quite impressed with this little OS… 2003-04-25 9:21 am I am impressed too. Impressive indeed but they/he really need/needs to pay attention to the interface over all. It needs to be polished a bit. 2003-04-25 9:46 am Has anyone actually gotten an es1371 sound card to work? I gave SkyOS a try recently (right after the last release), and it was supposed to support the es1371 card I threw into my machine. Try as I might, though, I couldn’t get a peep of sound from his mp3 player or mpg123. Adam 2003-04-25 9:47 am Considering this OS is just a hobby, I’m very impressed. Impressive indeed but they/he really need/needs to pay attention to the interface over all. It needs to be polished a bit I think the interface is second in requirements to getting the functionality at this stage 2003-04-25 11:11 am Did you use the mixer application to increase the sound volume? (Right click in MP3 Player -> open mixer… ). 2003-04-25 11:40 am Well, double clicking the mp3 player didn’t do anything… No application launched. Starting mpg123 from a terminal, specifying the name of a file, just resulted in me being dropped back to the command prompt after a split second. I’m doubtful that increasing the volume would have helped 🙂 Adam 2003-04-25 11:43 am The MP3 Player was missing on the SkyOS 3.9.7 ISO image. So you were not able to configure your sound device. If you start MP3Player with SkyOS3.9.7a, the sound device configuration will open automatically and you will be able to start your sound device. MP3 Player is included in 3.9.7a ISO image. 2003-04-25 12:25 pm I like the fact that it looks so much like Windows and it even uses extensions like it, .sys .txt etc, excellent idea! This concept is proven to “work” and I am glad it’s been adopted. Also vety glad it’s not just another Unix clone. Looking forward to it and yeah I agree, the interface is second in requirements but still needed to be mentioned so it’s not forgotten. 2003-04-25 12:38 pm I looked at the About page of the SkyOS Web site. SkyOS is a one-man operation. However, if you look at the bottom of the News page, he is asking for graphics help. I have read previous statements from the SkyOS developer; he has never claimed to be a graphics artist, or even graphically inclined. On a totally different tack; I like the fact that you can boot from the CD. Similar to KNOPPIX, this lets me try the OS out without having to come up with another partition or write over something else. 2003-04-25 12:44 pm Very impressed with the progress they’re making; hope they can find someone to make a nicer GUI (there seem to be lots of people making nice GUIs for OSs that aren’t getting anywhere! 2003-04-25 1:50 pm 1) I know this is a one man band, however, is the source code available? if not, why not. If this person was looking at learning and bettering his programming, wouldn’t the import of other programmers help? 2) The GUI does look ugly, and can be fixed by embracing a toolkit already being used. OpenMotif could do the job quite nicely. 2003-04-25 2:19 pm >> 2) The GUI does look ugly, and can be fixed by embracing >> a toolkit already being used. OpenMotif could do the job >> quite nicely. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the SkyGI toolkit itself, but I do think the widgets need a facelift. I suggest using SVG and .png wherever possible. That way, you get a customizable, themeable UI, without having to re-write all the current apps. Just my 0.02 Euros. 2003-04-25 2:30 pm > Is the source code available? This is just the question I wanted to ask. Several months ago, I searched for an answer on the SkyOS website. However, all I found were some trolly anti-OpenSource statements inside the forum. It would be nice to hear something from the author about the license. Other than that, the features do look very promising. I will definitely give it a try. Hopefully it works inside Bochs . 2003-04-25 2:35 pm This little hobby OS now has a feature that Windows XP doesn’t have out of the box. 2003-04-25 3:27 pm Personally I hope he doesn’t open the code, but if he does hopefully he’ll make sure only the code he wants to go into the OS gets put in so it stays his project, so people contribute rather than co-develop it. 2003-04-25 4:07 pm 1) I know this is a one man band, however, is the source code available? if not, why not. If this person was looking at learning and bettering his programming, wouldn’t the import of other programmers help? The guy built an OS from scratch that has a full GUI, java support, OpenGL support, and can play back DVD’s. Methinks that there isn’t a whole lot that this guy can learn from other hobby coders. 2003-04-25 4:20 pm It’s a hobby os. Has NO future. Will get discontinued eventually. It’s a stupid waste of time. Just like Atheos. Who the FUCK uses useless os’s like these ? The maker of this should have contributed to OPENBEOS.org or should have made it work with xfree . It’s absolutely useless like . 2003-04-25 4:30 pm Exactly, its a hobby OS, as such a learning experience. It is his decision as to whether he wants to create it or work on another project which might not appeal as much to him. For a hobby OS this is very impressive stuff. 2003-04-25 4:30 pm The maker of this should have contributed to OPENBEOS.org or should have made it work with xfree . It’s absolutely useless like . eric martin, you are obviously not a programmer yourself or you would know that a lot of the time people write things like this just to learn. I would imagine that the maker of this OS has learned a ton while working on it. In fact, it would probably be a good idea for most programmers to attempt something like this just to get the feel for it. I know that if I put the time and effort in to a project that this guy has, I would learn a lot faster than I do now., 2003-04-25 4:55 pm Well, when Robert interviews for any software engineering position, he wouldn’t have much trouble demonstrating his skills: just showing a demo of what his OS can do would be enough. It’s a nice two-way test: Robert can very well decline an offer from a place that doesn’t recognize his skills by just looking at the OS. 2003-04-25 5:35 pm It’s a stupid waste of time. Just like Atheos. Who the F*CK uses useless os’s like these? If its such a waste of time, why the hell do you care? Posting on OSNews to complain about wasting time is a waste of time. Just shut up and get back to WindowsXP, skippy. Judging from recent emails on the Syllable mailing list, people do use Syllable. Judging from the posts on the SkyOS website, people are trying out SkyOS. So whatever. Call us all when you’ve got a point. I like your confused reasoning we should all contribute to OpenBeOS. Because thats not a hobby Operating System, is it? It must be some sort of bizzare OpenBeOS reality distortion field that attracts idiots like you. Why are we all so surprised that you’re posting from an AOL account? 2003-04-25 5:44 pm Its absolutely useless. Wasted energy. Your naive if you think he is some little amatuer and never knew anything about operating systems before. To write an os takes alot of study and book reading or courses. Yes I program and I dont need to write a fucking operating system to know how one works. The authors of Skyos and Atheos are doing this for self exposure to show off skills but NOT for people to actually use so…. it is wasted effort and time in my opinion. 2003-04-25 6:03 pm It’s a hobby os. Has NO future Once upon a time there was a hobby OS by this Linus guy… I wonder what happened to that? Must have been discontinued. 2003-04-25 6:08 pm . 2003-04-25 6:12 pm why did they try a crappy sound card? any good hobbyist uses a soundblaster! ofcourse gotta give’m credit it was probably pretty hard to get a es sound driver to work 2003-04-25 6:22 pm If I can get it to work consistantly and reliably on my computer (and preferrably on an SBC… something in the order of a Via C3 or such), I may make it the OS of a kiddie ticket-redeption game idea I have. Hey, they’ve used windows 98 before, so why not a “by the wayside” OS like SkyOS? Think of how low (or non-existant) the licensing fees would be… 2003-04-25 6:54 pm eric martin ( aka email@example.com ) is probably a troll. He had a submitted story published on /. recently (about HD video cameras) where he wondered in the submission why it took so long to create an HD video camera when 5 megapixel stills are on the market now. A short list of the highly moderated posts that corrected him: http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=61935&cid=5806107 http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=61935&cid=5806113 http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=61935&cid=5806182 I can only conclude by that uninformed comment in his /. submission and his comments here that he is a troll, or at least stupid. Either way, probably best to ignore him. 2003-04-25 7:37 pm Redhat, too. Those silly legalities. 2003-04-25 8:07 pm hello anonymous coward. You should listen to your own advice. yyyaaaawwwwwwwnnnnnn. 2003-04-25 8:33 pm Is it legal? 2003-04-25 10:01 pm Its absolutely useless. Wasted energy. I am sure I could say the same thing about 98% of the programs you have written then. I know anyone could about mine. Most of the programs I write are useless to anyone except me. I do it because I either have to for class, or because I feel like trying something new. When I make a little program to do something ridiculous (like a Mario Bros board game… which I actually made at one point) it has no real value. It wasn’t fun to play. The characters were copyrighted, so I couldn’t distribute it. It was just for fun, and for me to expand my knowledge. Now, I am not saying this guy was a total noob before he started the project, but the best way to get better at programming is to program. I don’t think anyone will argue that. People who are good at drawing generally draw all the time. Most of it will never be of any value to anyone but the artist himself. The same goes for most good programmers. 2003-04-25 11:03 pm People who are good at drawing generally draw all the time. Most of it will never be of any value to anyone but the artist himself. The same goes for most good programmers. Thank you dwilson, I think that is the best explaination of why people hobby program that I have heard. It really helps to put things in perspective. 2003-04-25 11:10 pm I couldn’t find anything on the site about it, but does anyone know if it plays CSS-encrypted DVD’s? 2003-04-26 5:20 am Anyone else find it terribly ironic and hallarious that Eric Martin comes from aol.com? 2003-04-26 5:13 pm not even open source. will go the way of many other operating systems !