SkyOS Archive

SkyGI Update and new SDK for SkyOS

The entire GUI of SkyOS has been redesigned and re-implemented (although the result is not yet close to the much more refined mockup). To read more about some background information on SkyOS 5.0/SkyGI and take a look at new screenshots showing the new boot process and the new themeing concept, you may visit the SkyOS 5.0 preview preview page. Additionally, a new SDK is available.

SkyOS Update and GUI Contest Round One Voting Open

SDL is now available for SkyOS. The popular cross-platform graphic/gaming library was ported to the operating system. Additionally, the complete TCP/IP stack was heavily bugfixed, resulting in much more reliable services like Web Browsing with SkyKruzer, domain name lookup and DHCP. Proxy support for SkyKruzer has been improved. Additionally, round one of the SkyOS GUI ReDesign Contest has begun. Over 30 entries were sent in, and the entries will be whittled down to 3 by way of an open community vote. Everyone is encouraged to view the designs and cast their votes.

SkyOS GUI Design Contest Underway

The official project for the replacement of the SkyOS GUI, the SkyOS GUI Design Contest, is now underway. You may view the current submissions at the website here. If you would like to contribute a design, please read the instructions on the first page of the site. Submissions will be accepted until September 8th. At that point, the designs will judged in an open community vote. The top 3 designs will move on, and will be judged by the designers, the community, and Robert (creator of SkyOS). The new GUI will appear in SkyOS v5.0. Update: The site's earlier bandwidth problems have been solved.

SkyOS 4.0a Released

SkyOS 4.0a has now been released. This release supports USB. USB mice/keyboard, HUB's, card readers, harddisks and digital cameras should all work once they are plugged in. SkyOS 4.0a also includes a lot of kernel and application bugfixes. For more infomation, go to the SkyOS website.

SkyOS USB Support Improved

Following features are supported in the upcoming SkyOS 4 version: Multiple UHCI controllers, common HCD driver, USB Driver and interface, USB HUB Class driver and Mass storage class driver. So you can use you USB harddisks/floppy/cdrom/card-readers or digital cameras already. The USB/UHCI driver supports all transfer types (Interrupt, Control, Bulk, ISO). Additionally, the USB system is intergrated into SkyOS. Just plug your device into your USB Hub's, it will be detected and initialized automatically.

SkyOS Gets DVD Playback

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).

SkyOS 3.9.7 Released

After six months of bug-fixing and development of new features, SkyOS 3.9.7 is now available to download. There is a new installer, automatic device mounting, VMWare 3/4 support, a media player, SkyKruzer the web browser and more. The OS can be installed on the hard drive or can be used with the ISO "live" CD (29 MB).

SDK for SkyOS Released

From SkyOS' Robert Szeleney: "Finally I released the first SkyOS SDK and some documents with which it will be possible to develop SkyOS applications and libraries. Just follow the new Developer link. This SDK includes all needed header files (libraries and kernel), libraries and the source code of the desktop, panel and GiConfig application."

The First Web Browser for SkyOS

Jonathan writes "I'm proud to present SkyKruzer, the first WebBrowser for SkyOS. Finally, I reached the first milestone I set for myself more then 2 years ago. It should be possible to develop new applications with an IDE, browse through the internet and listen to some MP3's or play games. I reached this point with the brand new implementation of SkyKruzer (the default WebBrowser for SkyOS)." More can be read at

SkyOS Gets a Preliminary JavaVM Engine

Robert Szeleney will never cease to amaze us. After developing a software OpenGL stack and porting Quake 1&2 on top, this time around he has a preliminary JavaVM core running simple Java programs for his OS, SkyOS. Indeed, SkyOS has gone where no other hobby OS has ever gone before with these new features (not even AtheOS ever had such goodies).