A serious question to Stardock......

Saturday, August 11, 2012 by BoXXi | Discussion: Personal Computing

Are Stardock in a position to be able to create their own operating system? Is it financially viable? Would they ever consider it?

It would be great if someone like Stardock could give the public what they really want, which is an easy to use, attractive OS. I have no idea what it takes to create an OS, or what the pitfalls are regarding patent issues and taking on giants like Apple and Microsoft, but now would be the time to do it if it's possible. I know people will say that there is Linux etc, but I have tried those things and they always seem a little unprofessional to me. Stardock would do a much better job in my opinion.

So, is it possible?

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teddybearcholla
Reply #1 Saturday, August 11, 2012 7:14 AM

A good question!

starkers
Reply #2 Saturday, August 11, 2012 7:34 AM

I would like to see this happen, an OS based on the Windows format, but entirely Stardock's own code, to hopefully prevent lawsuits from the likes of Apple.  It would be a huge undertaking, however, and I don't know that Stardock has the personnel to man/woman such a venture,.  I mean, it takes Microsoft 3 to 4 years and more, with thousands of staff at its disposal to develop a fully functional OS... and then there's the enormous cost to consider as well.  

As much as it would be nice, Bryan, I think maybe we're asking a little too much of Stardock at this point in time.

Jafo
Reply #3 Saturday, August 11, 2012 7:51 AM

starkers
I mean, it takes Microsoft 3 to 4 years and more, with thousands of staff at its disposal to develop a fully functional OS

Um....barely functional .... Spell checker

 

Bryan.....there's miles of code involved in an OS, and yes, it's more than a shell....that bit's "easy".

The kernel is the issue...

starkers
Reply #4 Saturday, August 11, 2012 8:39 AM

Um....barely functional

Orright, until Win 7, that is... tho I do believe you're being facetious.

And sadly, with Win [butt ugly] 8 on the horizon... BOO!!! , it was the last fairly decent [passable] OS.... EVER!!!!!

Anyhow, my point was that Stardock, even to replicate even a poor facsimile of Win 8 [with or without Metro, which btw, we're not allowed to call it that anymore] would require a much larger staff than it has [and probably could afford], and capital that would equate to the annual budgets of several small countries.

 

 

DrJBHL
Reply #5 Saturday, August 11, 2012 9:04 AM

Are Stardock in a position to be able to create their own operating system?[/quote]

Let's start with the WC website and go from there...

[quote who="Jafo" reply="3" id="3204219"]The kernel is the issue...

And no, BoXXi. You can't have Bara.

 

 

Ooops... sorry, Jafo.

Thought you said, "The Colonel is the issue."

Uvah
Reply #6 Saturday, August 11, 2012 9:30 AM

It would be an excellent idea IMO. Unfortunately both Apple and Microstuff would have a shit-fit! Imagine an OS that does everything it claims it can do with hands on support from its creators.

DaveRI
Reply #7 Saturday, August 11, 2012 9:52 AM

Step 1- Make an O/S

Step 2- Make something so people can tolerate the O/S created in Step 1

I vote Stardock stays focused on Step 2.  Seems like a full-time job

Island Dog
Reply #8 Saturday, August 11, 2012 10:06 AM

It's not just the OS itself, you have to have developer support, support from other 3rd parties,etc.

Apple still barely scratches the surface when it comes to market share against Windows.  

Frogboy
Reply #9 Saturday, August 11, 2012 10:07 AM

It would be well beyond our capability.

The best we'd be able to do is create our own custom Linux-based distribution.

As it stands, we're pretty happy with Windows.  Even Windows 8, minus "Metro" is pretty outstanding IMO.

The biggest worry we have remains the attempt to merge a desktop experience and a mobile experience into a one-size fits all solution complete with its own walled garden.

BoXXi
Reply #10 Saturday, August 11, 2012 11:34 AM

Island Dog
Apple still barely scratches the surface when it comes to market share against Windows.

Not for much longer if Microsoft carry on the way they are right now...............

starkers
Reply #11 Saturday, August 11, 2012 1:05 PM

Frogboy
The best we'd be able to do is create our own custom Linux-based distribution.

Even that would be a welcome addition to desktop users should MS not relent on this Metro UI thing.... and Stardock would have a vested interest to develop ObjectDesktop, etc, for Linux based PC's.  Yeah, I know it's unlikely to happen, but the dream is free.

Frogboy
The biggest worry we have remains the attempt to merge a desktop experience and a mobile experience into a one-size fits all solution complete with its own walled garden.

Yes, that is the concern I have, that MS seems determined we'll use Metro, like it or not. Win 8 has several advantages over Win 7, and I really like them, but I really do not want to have to deal with that interface at boot, have no access to a start button/menu or be dependent on MS' app store to gain access to useful tools not included in the OS.  These issues are what stand between me and purchasing a Win 8 license, so if MS remains intent on disabling all 3rd party apps that provide a Win 7-like experience, then there will be no sale.

DrJBHL
Reply #12 Saturday, August 11, 2012 1:17 PM

starkers
that would be a welcome addition to desktop users should MS not relent on this Metro UI thing

Frogboy
Even Windows 8, minus "Metro" is pretty outstanding IMO.

But you're not going to be able to do that, are you..... or... are you? 

Draginol
Reply #13 Saturday, August 11, 2012 1:45 PM

DrJBHL

Quoting starkers, reply 11that would be a welcome addition to desktop users should MS not relent on this Metro UI thing




Quoting Frogboy, reply 9Even Windows 8, minus "Metro" is pretty outstanding IMO.

But you're not going to be able to do that, are you..... or... are you? 

Stay tuned.

Alstein
Reply #14 Saturday, August 11, 2012 1:47 PM

Frogboy
It would be well beyond our capability.

The best we'd be able to do is create our own custom Linux-based distribution.

As it stands, we're pretty happy with Windows.  Even Windows 8, minus "Metro" is pretty outstanding IMO.

The biggest worry we have remains the attempt to merge a desktop experience and a mobile experience into a one-size fits all solution complete with its own walled garden.

 

What can the folks who develop/make games for Windows do in order to keep the walled garden from happening?  Metro doesn't concern me too much, the walled garden does.

 

 

DrJBHL
Reply #15 Saturday, August 11, 2012 1:55 PM

Draginol

Quoting DrJBHL, reply 13
Quoting starkers, reply 11that would be a welcome addition to desktop users should MS not relent on this Metro UI thing




Quoting Frogboy, reply 9Even Windows 8, minus "Metro" is pretty outstanding IMO.

But you're not going to be able to do that, are you..... or... are you? 

Stay tuned.

You just gotta love SD. 

benmanns
Reply #16 Saturday, August 11, 2012 2:00 PM

DrJBHL

Quoting starkers, reply 11that would be a welcome addition to desktop users should MS not relent on this Metro UI thing




Quoting Frogboy, reply 9Even Windows 8, minus "Metro" is pretty outstanding IMO.

But you're not going to be able to do that, are you..... or... are you? 

"cough"---> llehscissalc <----- flip it that + a tweak and your completely living without the unnamed square thing...
If you cant live with it
good idea and topic btw

BoXXi
Reply #17 Saturday, August 11, 2012 4:12 PM

Thanks for the reply Brad, I'll wait and see what you guys can do with Win8 before I switch to Macs........ 

starkers
Reply #18 Saturday, August 11, 2012 4:20 PM

Thanks for the reply Brad, I'll wait and see what you guys can do with Win8 before I switch to Macs....

Good thinking, Bry, it could save you quite a bit of money at the end of the day.  If Stardock can enable booting directly to the desktop and restore the start button/menu in the final release of Win 8, it will be just like working in Win 7 only faster... 'cause underneath Metro there's a very similar and slick OS with a few advantages over its predecessor.

  I'm here hoping and with fingers crossed.

doortech1
Reply #19 Saturday, August 11, 2012 5:45 PM

Someone stick up for skinners by god!  There is no end to attractive posted here daily by many in the skinning community. As for easy to use, what is wrong with seven that is not user friendly?  Bottom line, people like change and new. So stardock has already accomplished the greatest idea yet, a software that tweaks to any individuals liking. Just a thought, if you do not know what goes into a skin, maybe some computer training is in order to make your computer os easier to use, just a thought. Happy with what I have, DoorTech1.

Gammit10
Reply #20 Saturday, August 11, 2012 6:49 PM

1.) Design OS on paper

2.) Begin coding

3.) ???

4.) Profit!

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