For an easier installation experience, please, please refer to "Easy installation instructions.txt". This is not the typical installation, as it is much faster and easier (hence the name). Thank you.
Well after a week of work, here it is!
tNOS2 (or the Next OS 2), is the second edition of my "Next OS" cursor pack [link]
The Next OS series is my outlook on 32-bit cursors and what they should look like. It is meant to have a smooth and neutral appeal that isn't too distracting. Just think of this series as a "what could have been" for Vista or OS X Leopard.
A little inside info and personal opinions:
Overall, this pack took 5 hours over a course of a week. The "normal" and "link" cursors were created in Inkscape and the rest was made in Paint.NET. All of the cursors are completely origional and only the text selection cursor remains the same for tNOS1 and tNOS2.
One thing that you may notice is that there's no absolute black-- just dark grays and white outlines. I did that because it is easier on the eyes and I like dark gray.
One of my most worked on features of this collection of cursors was the "busy" or "loading" symbols. I had to create each circle from scratch, which got annoying, but it was done. I'm very satisfied, seeing how smooth the animation ended up (20fps for "working in background" cursor and 60fps for "busy" cursor).
Now about personal opinions.... I'm very pleased with this pack, but I would prefer tNOS1 over this one. The reason is probably because this is a less probable (but still good looking) replacement for the standard Windows cursors. But all-in-all, I like the smooth gradient-like feel and would like to make more packs like this one.
*hint* My mentally-generated roadmap shows that tNOS3 may be all glowing animated cursors *hint*