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SkyOS Now Free (As In Beer) 88

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Beardydog writes "SkyOS, the commercial, alternative OS created almost entirely by Robert Szeleney, became free (as in beer) sometime last month. Alternative OS enthusiasts can be forgiven for missing it, as the website has been largely derelict, and the forums overrun with spam, since the project was halted in 2009. It's not clear from the announcement whether the ISO available is the traditional build, or the version rebuilt around Linux. The post announcing the free version provides a license name ('public') and registration code that must be entered during setup. While it isn't quite the open-sourcing that most followers hoped for, it's heartening to know SkyOS won't be completely lost in the mists of time." For a blast from the past, check out our old stories about SkyOS.
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SkyOS Now Free (As In Beer)

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  • slashdotted (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward

    I wonder if the server is running SkyOS?

  • Not likely enough (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Just "gratis for copying" is not enough for not getting lost in the mist of time since it does not help against bit rot: hardware moves on. At some point of time, it will get hard to get devices for this to run on.

    • At some point of time, it will get hard to get devices for this to run on.

      Considering that would mean a time when x86 emulation software such as DOSbox becomes hard to find.. I don't see it happening until geeks lose interest in the history of computing. Which may have to involve a global thermonuclear war or similar.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        You say that, but it's a veritable nightmare getting the x86 version of NextStep to work in an emulator. Even the emulated hardware has moved too far ahead.

  • So lets help this guy out. The website is slashdotted. If anybody can downlod it and make a torrent. Then post the magnetlink. That would be great. I am just assuming that is a solution. Let the "discussion" begin.
  • From Microsoft of all places. I liked the idea of it and developed into a full OS would have been advanced. It seemed like it would be slower for the stability gains and that why it died.

    Legacy Software is quite a problem now with bugs and exploits. I wonder when we will move away from them. It looks to me like all the money hungry corps are moving to closed environments based on the same on crap technology, just locked down.

    Such a shitty world we live in. I hope linux gaming takes off. Thats the only thing
  • too little too late (Score:5, Informative)

    by Gravis Zero (934156) on Tuesday September 17, 2013 @04:54AM (#44870961)

    This would have been great... several years ago. His arrogance of demanding that he would only release the source if only someone fully dedicated to leading the project that was the final nail in the coffin. He never deemed anyone worthy of the position so it fell into obscurity. I think we would be better off if the source had just been deleted and page taken down.

    Oh yeah, the reason it died is that he drove away the other developers.

    SkyOS underwent many changes after this surge in popularity. Because of significant differences at the source level, Szeleney stopped thinking of what was under development as the fifth version of his operating system, and the name "SkyOS 5.0" was rebranded to simply "SkyOS". A more professional demeanor was taken throughout the project

    "professional demeanor" means he started acting like an arrogant asshole.

    As the years progressed and the other founding members of SkyOS distanced from the project,

    turns out that people dont like to be pushed around by arrogant assholes.

    SkyOS isn't an operating system, it's a cautionary tale.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      turns out that people dont like to be pushed around by arrogant assholes.

      Yet we still have OpenBSD and Linux developers, and frankly, both Linus and Theo are arrogant assholes.

      • by fnj (64210)

        turns out that people dont like to be pushed around by arrogant assholes.

        Yet we still have OpenBSD and Linux developers, and frankly, both Linus and Theo are arrogant assholes.

        Yet we still have OpenBSD and Linux developers, and frankly, both Linus and Theo are arrogant assholes.

        Arrogant: adjective: having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one's own importance or abilities. I don't think arrogant is QUITE the appropriate term here, do you? No, I must insist. High-handed, maybe, churlish, perhaps. Linus and Theo are the real deal. Whatever their sense of their own importance and abilities is, I doubt it is exaggerated beyond the simple truth. Anyway, it's utterly beside the poin

      • Nobody doubts they are. But both have one saving grace - they're in charge of forkable projects. That means there's a safety valve.

        SkyOS was a terrible system - I don't mean technically, it could have been the best technologically, who knows? But organizationally/legally, it was a disaster. Combine the forced reliance upon third party support of a proprietary operating system like Windows, with the lack of a stable corporate-sized support system of a lower-interest operating system like AROS or AtheOS an

    • "turns out that people dont like to be pushed around by arrogant assholes."

      Then why do you linux guys take this from Linus all the time?

      • by Cramer (69040)

        We don't. What serious linux user ("guru"?) doesn't keep their own source tree? My own has dozens, if not hundreds, of modifications grown into it over the years. (delete qlogicfc? Uh, NO -- it's the only driver that works with some of my (ok, old as dirt) cards. 2min and it lives on in my tree.)

        For the record, *every* major distro maintains their own kernel tree.

  • by slimdave (710334) on Tuesday September 17, 2013 @04:58AM (#44870995)

    >> the website has been largely derelict ... the forums overrun with spam ... the project was halted in 2009 ... not clear from the announcement whether the ISO available is the traditional build, or the version rebuilt around Linux.

    Sounds great. I'll install it at once.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    While it isn't quite the open-sourcing that most followers hoped for, it's heartening to know SkyOS won't be completely lost in the mists of time."

    yes it will. with no development since something like 2009 and none expected in the future... what good is a bunch of compiled bits of an incomplete operating system without the source code and license to do something with it?

  • by CFBMoo1 (157453) on Tuesday September 17, 2013 @06:55AM (#44871361) Homepage
    For SkyOS, the interface looks way better then Windows 8.
  • ... for SkyNet?

  • Taking architectural cues from AmigaOS and BeOS, its actually pretty attractive. Gobo Linux was another interesting one that should have gotten more attention.

    Technically, Qubes is a desktop OS also. However, the hypervisor part of it is also a main UI feature and once a user acclimates to that they still have most of the Linux-isms to deal with.

    Its great for techies though!

  • next article "SkyOS renamed after legal battle" (ref [slashdot.org])
  • Does anyone know if SkyOS ever had a "release" on a professionally printed CD/DVD? I can't seem to find actual evidence of this -- only the ability to download/burn a SkyOS Live CD.

  • All the beer I personally know I had to pay for.

    This term, "free as in beer", needs to die in a fire.

    It means the opposite of what it is supposed to mean.

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