You want to create a custom OS? Don’t do it!
More than one and a half year ago I have been working on a project — I used to call these kind of hackjobs “Custom OS”, but that term doesn’t fit very well if you ask me (actually it was a OS customization) — called Codename Sylvester.
A few days ago I stumbled over a 3GB zip file containing all the work related to this project but unfortunately the archive was damaged. For amusement’s sake I tried to recover as much files as possible and managed it to get most of them back, so I installed the latest build of Codename Sylvester I found.
Most likely you have seen some of these hacked (and in most of the cases pirated) Windows XP versions called something like “Windows XP Dark Edition” or “Windows XP Ultimate Gamers Edition” or whatever. When I was working on Sylvester I didn’t had the feeling that I am creating something like this. My goal was to create a light-weight, fast, stable and good-looking version of Windows XP which not only I would use, but also other people.
After installing it I was a little bit impressed, because parts of it looked very well (re-styled setup routine, OOBE, logon UI, etc.), but this impression didn’t last very long. All I have done are some hackjobs on various resource files and executeables and slimming down the ISO, but actually I didn’t accomplish any of the goals I had for this project expect the visuals (which are incomplete too).
Why am I writing this? Well, there are so many projects similar to Sylvester and I came to the conclusion that they are useless. Actually noone will ever use bullshit like that. They don’t work very well with Windows Update (reshacked dlls get replaced and things are broken then), often they are slow and bloated and of course, they are illegal. I have been working on Sylvester for about two months back then and I must admit, this was wasted time.
Don’t waste your time as well!
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haha, I remember that thing!
I saw some screenshots of Sylvester at Hounsells site, but it looks quite good!
A waste of time? Not for you because you learned something. You learned it’s a waste of time and if you learn it’s not a waste of time xD
(forgive me, i don’t know why but i feel i just had to write it)
And yeah, i’ve never used it, i only saw the screenshots so i can’t tell much but it looked nice. And making such as projects is fun, even if a waste of time as well 😉
Yes, you can learn something by creating such a hacked-together OS, but you can also learn by coding something useful. Ultimately everyone has to decide for theirself whether creating a custom OS or not, but I have learned that it is wasted time. ^^
Tell that to the guys at nlite & vlite…
Making these hacks for re-distribution is a waste, making them for yourself can be quite a usefull tool…
I have a slimmed XP used for pulling data off dead drives
on a machine dedicated for doing such a job, the machine boots in around 20 seconds & uses minimal cpu & ram resources…
Horses for courses… 😉
I did the same thing actually. Modified Windows XP SP3 and named it Windows Aurora.It took ~6Months for me to complete.
Here it is : http://prashantdeepak.blogspot.com/2008/08/welcome.html
But I was happy that I successfully customized it as desired , for my own reliability and I learned much in the process.
But yes, I agree noone will use such a nonsense.Still,its not a wastage of time :-/
I sincerely read your post to findout why anybody shouldn’t waste (waste?) his/her time in this?
The headline is misleading, its like discouraging development of custom OSs when you meant to say don’t customize the existing OSs.