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does anyone know of some other open source operating systems other than Ubuntu and Linux? because I'm getting quite pissed off at windows 2000. EDIT: there is some confusion about what I meant. I meant that Linux is the only OS that I know about. I didn't mean that I had ruled out Linux, I like Linux, I was just wondering about what other OS were out there.


There are Many many Linux Distros, There is ReactOS, BEos, OpenBSD,FreeBSD i don't know what others, But your best bet is Windows XP, even if you have to get it illegally, its worth it.

the man= head of a massive corporation, in this case: Bill Gates.

Try window server 2003 doorknob?

you mean like windows xp? There...is ...a site...and ...it...works...be...cause...i.....down.....loaded.........it...........and...................installed...................................it........Windows xp corporate edition...

Ah, you mean illegally? Never the way to go.

Not free...

Not free...

Or, and here's a crazy thought, but a legal version of it.

windows 7 download are no-longer available, so i can't link to that


9 years ago

Might not want to post Piratebay links here. Just saying.

how come? it's more legal then some featured instructables

cpu? dunno ram? 512 MB HD capacity? about 20-25 GB on 2 HDs

there is windows clone called reactos

linux can be different from ubuntu. try arch (thats what i use) and mandriva one. try the desktops too (kde 4.2 / kde 3.5 / gnome)

Unfortunately, HAIKU is a linux variant, I believe. Unfortunately, he wants both open-source, and non-linux.

from the FAQ: "Is Haiku based on Linux? Haiku is not a Linux distribution. To achieve our goals for Haiku, we decided not to use the Linux kernel, nor to rely on the X Window System or toolkits such as GTK+ or Qt. Instead, Haiku is a self-contained operating system that includes a graphical user interface tightly tied to a unique graphics system, all configuration applications, development tools, the GNU tool chain, and a bash terminal." so I think it is safe to say the haiku is not linux and according to the above passage it doesn't appear to be very unix like either:(.

What kernel does it use? L

its own one. there were oses with similar kernel (zeta) but haiku kernel is unique to haiku (there are linux distros that tried to pack the entire haiku os as variant of themselfes though - but it does not make it linux)

Yeah, I was quite sure it was based off of linux.

That's not answering my question. But Linux will have the same ancestor(s) My first experience of UNIX was HP-UX, early 90's and they already had things like multiple desktops... and the Netscape browser... L

I wasn't trying to answer your question.

It wasn't really appropriate to comment on it then. L

Only slightly. There that's 4 comments that didn't really serve a purpose... ; )

Yes, that's half of them. If you don't reply to this it'll be 3:2, or would you like a tie? L

Nope, I have too many ties as it is..... ;-)

I have a lot of ties too, but I'm excluding this from the previous discussion L

Haiku appears to be inspired by the old BeOS operating systems, which was an independent effort in the early 90's.

Like many now-defunct OS's (amigaOS, GEM, OS2, etc.), some of it's features may have been inspired by Unix, but it's development was entirely independent.

Unix itself was developed by Bell Labs, and there are still commercial versions available. Much of the source code has entered the public domain.

Unix variants such as Solaris, Linux, BSD (the underpinnings of Apple's OSX) are partly based on Unix, but there's no clear linear "code genealogy." Still, their intent to copy the functionality of Unix is plain...

IMHO, many people don't care for Linux simply because their favorite hardware gadget or program isn't supported (a legitimate beef.) I enjoy using it, but often cannot for that reason... But if you don't like Ubuntu interface, there are dozens of other window managers to choose from.

Ta, never had anything to do with BeOS, so the information is appreciated. I have had experience of Mac OS-X and I have recognised some familiar UNIX processes (although it's that long ago I can't name any of them) L

I also had some dealings with HP-UX, back in my university days...

Did the workstations have the biggest CRT monitors you've ever seen? L

We had X-Windows terminals, but they weren't HP; probably Sun or Solaris, and pretty average size. It's been awhile, details are fuzzy. ;-) The mainframe was running HP-UX...

The workstations were HP, but they had huge monitors, and with RGB inputs too. Only three in my cluster had floppy-drives and there was no GUI support for them - I had to write a drag-and-drop (something) that pointed to a "special device" at one end of a directory tree...


I'm not certain if OS X descends from BSD or it's children (or both.)

I do know that BSD is the vector that spread the Unix source code into public distribution. That source code figured prominently in the SCO lawsuits, which ultimately held that most of the code had entered the public domain or was covered by BSD licenses.

SCO owns the Unix trademark, and Unix System V (which came much later than the original Unix or BSD.)

Linux itself may have incorporated some BSD code, but it was originally conceived as a student project to replicate the functionality of Unix, so it was coded independently. Whether Linux retains it's independence...well, I'm not sure any OS can claim to be completely self-contained or inspired.