SkyOS Beta Build 5550

Submitted by Robert Szeleney on Sun, 2006-03-26 15:56.

SkyOS Beta Build 5550 available for download

Highlights of this release:
- The new QuickFilter widget
- Archiver using the system wide plugin architecture for archive unpacking
- Improved SkyGI Widgets
- Improved Login and Installer including progress bar
- MMX/SSE and improved MTRR support which results in better VESA perfomance
- Factory. Utility used for building/porting software
- Support for Mono
- New ports like Apache, APR, VLC, Perl, ...
- Weather Service and VMware Tools Service
- New Software Store
- WebServer Service
- Many improvements for developers, high POSIX compatibility, new gcc/ld, new debug support like malloc debugging, gdb, gdb server and many more
- 206 fixed bugs since last beta, 1179 fixed bugs in total
- And many more.

Click here to take a look at the Changelog.

More frequent builds
From now on, a new build will be available every one or two weeks for all beta testers.

Update: New Widgets:
QuickFilter Widget
FavoritesNavigation Widget


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Improved Login

What exactly is improved in Login?
Thanks :)

The Archiver and the Indexing service

"[...]Added Archives category to categories.xml including .zip, .rar, .bz2, .gz, .tgz, .tar and application/zip, application/x-7z-compressed, application/x-rar-compressed, application/x-bzip2, application/x-gzip, application/x-gtar, application/x-tar[...]"

Great! This makes me ask the following:

  • Will the available Archiver plugins be used by the Indexing service to go deeper into archive files as if it was dealing with folders ?
  • How does/will SkyOS deal with .ISO type files ? Will there be a mount type access ? Will it consider these drive-image files as an archive or will it seamlessly consider them as folders (even if read-only) ?

As a user, it should be the OS job to present to me the file tree as deep as possible, showing me any archive and drive-image files as just another folder. The only thing I would "tolerate" would be that some of these special folders would be read-only and/or more time consuming to access.

All these questions are more or less along the lines of one of my previous post: Filesystem browser: Plug-ins ?