SkyOS Public Beta

Submitted by Robert Szeleney on Fri, 2013-08-09 07:36.

Latest SkyOS Beta now publicly available!

We suggest using VMWare Player (Windows/Linux) or VMWare Fusion (MacOS) to run the Live CD or install the beta. Install SkyOS to your harddisk or run the Live CD natively on your own risk!

To run SkyOS in VMWare just:
- create a new virtual machine and point it to the ISO image you downloaded
- give it at least 2GB of RAM
- use a virtual IDE harddisk (we don't suggest using a physical partition in order to prevent possible data loss)
- optionally Install SkyOS from the running Live CD to get all available applications and utilities

When running the Live CD you will be asked about a serial and user name. Enter the serial displayed below and as username public.


The software is supplied “as is” and all use is at your own risk. We disclaim all warranties of any kind, either express or implied, as to the software, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of fitness for a particular purpose, merchantability or non‐infringement of proprietary rights. Neither this agreement nor any documentation furnished under it is intended to express or imply any warranty that the operation of the software will be uninterrupted, timely, or error‐free.
Under no circumstances shall we be liable to any user for direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special, or exemplary damages, arising from or relating to this agreement, the software, or userʹs use or misuse of the software or any other services provided by us. Such limitation of liability shall apply whether the damages arise from the use or misuse of the casino software or any other services supplied by us (including such damages incurred by third parties), or errors of the software.

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SkyOS development is currently halted

Submitted by Robert Szeleney on Fri, 2009-01-30 20:41.

The speed at which new hardware and technology gets developed has increased dramatically in the last few years. Trying to catch up with development of frameworks, drivers, applications, test, etc. got way more complicated than years ago. At that time, you developed a standard IDE driver and SkyOS would boot on 99% of all computers. There was only one way interrupts got routed, devices could be accessed, etc. More important, there was just a single CPU, no hyperthreading, mulitcores, multi cpus, etc. (at least not for computers the usual home user owned). A GUI was easy, in contrast to today, where you must have a 3D accelerated GUI. If you don’t have one your OS is said to be old, out of date. You must have WIFI, USB, Bluetooth, etc.

Catching up with the development for all this is just not possible anymore, at least, not for one person or at least, not for me.
Currently, SkyOS development is on halt, and I'm trying to find a way to get out of this unpromising situation. At this moment I only see four resorts:

- Open source SkyOS
- Make SkyOS available for free
- Specialize on a yet to define niche
- Stop SkyOS development

Eventually, I have to admit that I underestimated the speed at which new technolgy develops and establishes. And, a while ago I was able to spend hours a day developing for SkyOS, for years. Recently, as my first baby was born this of course changed which made the entire developing situation even worse. Again I underestimated a few, personal, real life factors and their impact on developing.
I’m sorry if I dissapointed you, but I guess you favor me being honest about the current situation.

Anyway, I will do my best to find the best possible solution for SkyOS and its future.

News update (6th, apr 2009):
For the last weeks and as it looks like quite a few more weeks I'm in contact with a lot of people talking about their
ideas to continue SkyOS development. Unfortunately many people completely underestimate the amount of work required to manage a development team for SkyOS, either an open or closed source version, or completely lack vision and or motivation and or seriousness. Anyway, I'm still reading through my inbox hoping to get in contact with people with real motives and knowledge being able to bring SkyOS to the next level.

Proof of concept - Crossbar

Submitted by Robert Szeleney on Mon, 2008-09-01 13:25.

Currently we are investigating a little new feature, code named, crossbar.

If you have ever used a PS3 you will be very familiar with the crossbar interface and its functionality. SkyOS tries to bring this feature right into a desktop OS.

Basically, crossbar is always running and even ready before the desktop has been loaded. With a shortcut or mouse gesture you can quickly get crossbar into the foreground. Inside crossbar you have the option to quickly navigate through your images, music and videos using SkyFS queries. (the background index feeder service will automatically index your images, songs and videos and tries to extract meta data like ID3 tags from it).

So whenever you want to quickly listen to music you don't have to open a dedicated music player. Simply enter crossbar, select your song and return to the desktop. Crossbar has been designed to make this as fast and as straight forward as possible.

Such an interface also doesn't clutter up the panel, desktop or systray and offers a nice place to display additional information you fequently check but don't want to waste space for like rss feeds, weather data, free disk space, network configuration, etc..

The look, feel, integration and feature coverage is still up for discussion. Feel free to join the discussion about it in the forum.

(Proof of concept, running on an old P4 2.0 Ghz, no hw acceleration (VESA only), interface ready in 10msec after pressing the shortcut, currently supports images, music, videos and web streams)

SkyOS Build 6947 available for download

Submitted by Robert Szeleney on Sun, 2008-08-03 08:20.

SkyOS Mail

Submitted by Robert Szeleney on Tue, 2008-06-10 18:59.

We are proud to announce that the next version of SkyOS will ship with a new Mail client.

In contrast to the already available Mozilla Thunderbird Mail Client the new Mail application completely integrates with SkyOS. For instance, all mails are stored as separate files with various attributes attach to it. So you can easily and quickly find every mail using the SkyOS Viewer and its query system.

Furthermore, by using the Desktop Communication Interface you can easily hook your applications to events sent by SkyOS Mail when an email arrives (a Panel plugin notifies you with a little icon whenever mails arrive).
Other applications can also use SkyOS Mail Services like sending mails from foreign applications, etc.


IDE has been updated too, showing a SkyOS Mail Layout in this screenshot:

Screenshot of SkyOS viewer showing a directory of the mailbox storage: