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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on Aug 11, 2012

A good question!

on Aug 11, 2012

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.

on Aug 11, 2012

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...

on Aug 11, 2012

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.

 

 

on Aug 11, 2012

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."

on Aug 11, 2012

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.

on Aug 11, 2012

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

on Aug 11, 2012

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.  

on Aug 11, 2012

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.

on Aug 11, 2012

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...............

on Aug 11, 2012

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.

on Aug 11, 2012

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? 

on Aug 11, 2012

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.

on Aug 11, 2012

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.

 

 

on Aug 11, 2012

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. 

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