SkyOS 5.0 beta 6 has been released to all SkyOS beta team members. There are too many changes and improvements to mention them all, but many recent news items are newly available in this beta, including the new ISS, improvements to the GUI, fixed partition manager, sticky notes, new drivers and much more. A few screenshots of beta 6 can be found in this thread on the SkyOS forums.
SkyOS 5.0 Beta 6 Released
Submitted by Kelly 2004-05-22 SkyOS 113 Comments
its a case of you use whats best for you, yeah i’d like to see SkyOs survive and get a pretty good user base, but why ask moronic questions like
“So what you’re saying is that we should buy it because its not by Microsoft?”
then a equally moronic statement of
“I mean, I have Linux for that. Or Mac OSX, if things get desperate.”
you use whats best for you, not because its not by microsoft, if windows is good for you use it, in my home i use WinXP Pro, SuSE Linux 8.2, Cobind Desktop 0.1. i also use SkyOs 5.0 Beta6 every now and then for a while, i also use AROS, MenuetOs and V2Os every now and then they all have their strengths and weaknesses its a case of whats best for you, not a case of well im not buying Micro$oft Stuff.
My big question for the SkyOS team is ‘what does it do?’
Like I said before, people don’t buy an OS just to take up space on a hard drive, and have a warm fuzzy feeling after they install it. And people generally don’t pay for an OS just so they can have something other than Windows. People want to run applications, play games, have a better multimedia or surfing experience.
What are the advantages to running SkyOS?
Sorry, I didn’t know having an opinion that was dissimilar to yours was being moronic.
I’ll, like, make a note of that, somewhere, you dig?
good lord, man. What the hell are you smoking?I am getting sick of morons like you bashing robert and his BUILT FROM SCRATCH Operating System, and saying he is just stealing OSS code. Stop making fools of yourselves.
LOL.. I actually laughed out loud when I read “stolen compiler and thousands of other utilities from GNU”
1) Stolen? Ohhhhhhhhhh right, that GNU license and all.. I steal from them all the time. Dolt.
2) Thousands? There are about.. oh.. 10 things taken from opensource projects (and I’m being generous).. all things to give SkyOS FEATURES. Say it with me: features. You know, the things that make a product worth buying?
‘That guy He is so cheap whats his name again Robert’ programmed an operating system from scratch. What the hell are you talking about ‘If he was a true developer…’ The programs that were stolen under that crazy GNU license were programs with complexity equal to Word and Photoshop.
By the way, its cheapskate, not cheapsteak or whatever the hell you said.
Hopefully the original comment will get modded appropriately. Anyhow, there is no stolen code in SkyOS. All OS code is either written by Robert, or available under a license that does not require the source to be opened (such as the MIT license).
The only GPL source we use is for a few applications bundled with SkyOS. In these instances, the source code will be made available when SkyOS 5.0 is released publicly.
This being what it is, there isn’t even any guarantee that it will run on my hardware at all, and I don’t see anything about a refund anywhere… so if i buy it, its a done deal.
Almost nothing comes with a guarantee anymore. Most of the things in my list didn’t… when was the last time you got a money-back guarantee on a tank of gas?
SO I for one won’t be trying it anytime soon, more power to those of you who do have a budget bigger than mine and can blink away money at a whim. For me hobby OS’s get played with when they are free, cause when I try them out all I’m usually out is some time and a CD, when you start talking money i get stingy real quick. Bills/Family/necessities all take precedence to my OS hobby, and before that is “New Hardware” my only income-level allowable “money-pit”.
You’ve never had a hobby before, have you? My friend races RC cars as a hobby. He puts several thousand a year on parts, batteries, fees, etc. I used to fly model rockets. That’s several hundred a year depending on how often you fly. Even surfing costs money – a good can of sex-wax ain’t cheap! As for my hobby of computers, which is also my profession, I spend over $30 a month on CDRs and DVDRs. My internet connection is $35 a month. My computers use about $50 a month in electricity. Get the point? Everything costs money. There is no such thing as a free hobby once you look beyond the surface. It’s a matter of deciding if this product fits your hobby, then budgeting it accordingly.
Why pay for SkyOS?
because choice is good.
we cant be locked into *nix or windows, there needs to be other options.
thats why be and atheos are so successful
really gotta love moderators that delete every post that reminds linux users that they already have a free, open source program and that not everyone elses needs to be. I think that was third one this week that has mysteriously disapeared…. way to be objective guys.
SkyOS V5.0 + IDE: Free
Application bundle (Gimp + AbiWord + …): $15
The average user needing a text processor, spreadsheet and the like will still need to pay for the application bundle. Yet you can try out the OS for free, and developers can create native SkyOS applications and drivers for free too. So any enthousiast can contribute to the OS, yet you still need to pay to use it as your main system.
Now you say: those apps are GPL! But shouldn’t a consistent closed-source OS offer a nice, proprietary installer application? 😉
And about the price: for an OS that does not seem to have real killer features yet, I think $30 is a bit much, especially if I realize that would be is 66 NLG. If I would buy the OS, I wouldn’t pay more than $15, whether as normal price or as educational discount 🙂
Finally, why not open up the source a little bit, for money? NDA and with a license that requires contributing back any change made, and that places restrictions on distribution of customised binaries? I’m certainly a n00b in this area, but I would guess a big commercial company interested in SkyOS would pay if they needed access to the source for some reason.
especially if I realize that would be is 66 NLG
30.00 $ is exactly 24.9763 E. Multiply that with 2.20371, and you come to an amount of Fl. 55,- Niet zo heel slecht toch, Daan? Ongeveer de prijs van een nieuwe Cd, niks mis mee dus, gezien de hoeveelheid werk die er in gestopt wordt
(Translation of the last part: “Not all that bad, now is it, Daan? About the same price as a new CD, nothing wrong with that, seeing the amount of work being put in.)
Nee, even niet aan gedacht dat de dollar zo laag staat tegenwoordig… nu ja, voor 30 euro krijg je SuSE 9.1 Personal, in een doos met veel programma’s. Wel zonder compiler, maar die kun je zo van SuSE downloaden en bovendien is Linux toch nog wat professioneler.
Yes, indeed, I forgot that the dollar has lost so much value… Well, it’s not simply a CD-R, so that is worth something, but for EUR 30 you can have SuSE 9.1 Personal. It doesn’t have a compiler, but you can download one from SuSE FTP, and I believe Linux is still a little more professional.
When asking “Why SkyOS?” some might consider what one intends to use the PC for. Gamers will be disappointed, however it if it’s simply to surf the net, do word processing, multimedia, then SkyOS ought to be just fine. So why not Windows for these things? If someone gets tired of the worm/malware/spyware/bot situation, here’s an alternative.