Weather Service and VMware Tools

Submitted by Robert Szeleney on Thu, 2006-01-05 08:54.

Recently Rafael Rivera was busy implementing VMware Backdoor functions which now are available as the SkyOS Service "VMware Tools". When this service is enabled, you can copy/paste between SkyOS and your host OS by simply pressing CTRL+C and CTRL+V. Furthermore, seamless mouse transition is supported now. Just move your mouse outside the virtual screen region to automatically ungrab it. Moving it back into the virtual screen automatically grabs it. This service, if VMware is running, will be enabled automatically on the first boot in the next beta version.

Peter Speybrouck was busy working on the "Code Ransom Project: Weather Service". This service is responsible for fetching weather data and providing an easy and consistent interface for applications to use it. As you may or may not know, the panel (on the top of the screen) displays a sun/moon icon depending on the current time. This icon will be replaced with the current weather forecast for you city. This service will be available in the next beta version.

Lukas Linemayrs Subnecto is also almost finished. Here is a preview:

An inital version of the "D Language" is now available for SkyOS and the Developer Studio got a D Plugin and template.

In other news, many core changes have been made, like improved MTRR support, symlinks, loader changes and many more. Take a look at the changelog for a list of all changes.

Finally, we want to congratulate the Technoids Contests winners: Benjamin Angerer, Nils Heise, Christian Neubert which won a SkyOS Beta Membership.

New SoftwareStore

Submitted by Robert Szeleney on Fri, 2005-12-09 19:27.

Here is a preliminary screenshot of the upcoming new SkyOS Software Store. With the SoftwareStore you can download software from SkyOS Software Repository Servers and automatically install them with just a few clicks.


The SoftwareStore is now also capable of displaying and managing installed software. You can filter between available software in a SkyOS Repository (which can be an internet server or any other medium like a CDROM), filter for only new software or show already installed software. Furthermore, SoftwareStore will have uninstall support. All software packages which are installed while installing SkyOS itself (around ~90 packages) can later by uninstalled if desired.

Developer Studio Updates

Submitted by Robert Szeleney on Wed, 2005-11-30 10:57.

Developer Studio - the native Application Development Environment - got quite a few updates, featuring now:

  • Supports C, C++, Perl, and Pascal
  • Syntax highlighting for C, C++, JavaScript, Perl and Pascal
  • Syntax help parsing and autocomplete as well as insert source fragments
  • Develop console based and GUI based applications
  • Project manager
  • Make C/C++ Empty, Console and GUI Project
  • Develop Kernel modules and drivers
  • Develop SkyOS Services or dynamic loadable libraries
  • Develop in Pascal
  • Make SDL/OpenGL applications
  • Includes examples and templates for all supported languages and project types

Finally, with the new "SkyOS Service Plugin" you can now easily develop a new service for SkyOS.

Web Server Service

Submitted by Robert Szeleney on Mon, 2005-11-28 09:35.

The SkyOS service collection has been extended with a web server service. Thanks to Gareth Owen (developer of ghttpd) and Cody Mays (ported ghttpd to SkyOS) you can use SkyOS as a web server now. The web server configuration is done with the common graphical service configuration plugin for the System Manager. Using Nvu and Firefox you have great tools available to develop and maintain websites from within SkyOS.


This web server and the service plugin will be made available in an update package, available via the SkyOS Software store.

SkyOS Beta9 available for download

Submitted by Robert Szeleney on Sun, 2005-11-27 21:32.

This release features new core components like the integrated mouse gestures, new Font system and API, new applications (Pixel Image Editor, ...) and various driver/system updates as well as more than 200 fixed bugs reported in our bug tracking system.


Changelog is available here.