Other Operating Systems
Developers keep making operating
systems to call their own. Maybe out of pure vanity
we take pride of their programs or set of inter-related programs as an OS. The
following list is in alphabetical order.
2/OS is a desktop
environment for MS-DOS, compatible with Unix and Win32 applications. It runs on an i386 with 8 MB of RAM.
There is a Lite version that only needs 4 MB of RAM.
AROS Research Operating
AROS Research Operating System is portable and free of charge desktop
environment aiming at being compatible with AmigaOS for FreeBSD or Linux. It runs on at least 700 MHz with floating-point unit (FPU) and
256 MB of RAM.
Atari Running on Any
ARAnyM (Atari Running on Any Machine) is a virtual
machine that can run 32-bit emulation of Atari ST, TT030 and Falcon
including TOS, FreeMiNT, MagiC and applications for M68k
microprocessor and Graphical
Environment Manager (GEM).
EmuTOS is replacement
for Atari TOS with GEM as its GUI. It supports the Atari
Coldfire Project, also known as FireBee, which is an Atari computer clone.
Graphic Environment Operating
GEOS (8-bit) or Graphic Environment Operating System
(8-bit) is an 8-bit OS for Commodore 64 and other MOS
Technology 6502 computers with a GUI
that resembled Mac OS 5.x developed by Berkeley Softworks in 1986 (then GeoWorks, now Breadbox).
Graphic Environment Operating
GEOS (16-bit) or PC/GEOS is a 16-bit version of GEOS (8-bit)
as a Windows 95 replacement for
available in 16- and 32-bit was forked from MenuetOS, but
heavily scaled down. Its image comes with
several video games and
several emulators. It seems
like a great OS for gaming.
MenuetOS is written
in assembler and fits in a floppy. It needs mouse, i386, 32 MB of RAM and
1 MB Display Vesa
2.0+ LFB. I have not
had a chance to use it yet although
I have tested KolibriOS, which
is based on
MINIX is open source Unix-like OS written
It is the base of Linux
It supports various hardware configurations with minor changes on
the kernel or
installing it from its source code.
Note that MINIX does not come
with a GUI
hence fully CLI.
is an OS
compatible with AmigaOS
with a combination of open source
code, especially its kernel.
It seems to be marketed as a replacement for Mac
OS on hardware
made in the past decade or so.
NewOS is an OS that is
under development written in C,
C++ and assembler. This OS can fit
on a floppy. As per the developers, it is "mostly a kernel
with a minimal amount of user space libraries
and applications." This means plain
no GUI. If you want to try it, you can run
(located at /usr/local/i386-newos/bin) on FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS
X or Windows using Cygwin.
NitrOS-9 is a Linux-like OS based on
OS-9 for TRS-80
CoCo, and Dragon 64. To
run this OS you
would need a floppy drive or loading
it from mounted Linux, Mac or Windows CD-ROM.
ReactOS is a project
to create an OS compatible with the Windows NT
DOS, OS/2 and Java subsystems. According to its developing group, this system is 93.8%
complete, current version 0.3.1. If there is an
alternative/new OS that I would like to test is
this one. I will see
what I can
SkyOS is fairly POSIX-complaint, but
"built from scratch" by Robert
Visopsys (VISual OPerating SYStem), created
by Andrew McLaughlin "from scratch",
is a 32-bit Windows replacement with read-only support for ext2 and ext3 used by Linux
and other Unix clones.
On a side note, I never stop thinking and
processing information all
around me. As such, one of the
subjects that attracts me most (aside from technology and music) is human behavior,
not limited to psychology and ethos of the individual and masses. Hence
I usually read, study and
write essays of my own. From
all possible authors in this field, some of my favorites are (in order of
Levinas and Kant. As such, I have published two science fiction
books, in which I include my opinion on religion, sociology, psychology, politics, manipulation of
the masses, media, science and various technologies.
In Under the Thelian Sky, mankind did not
originate on Earth, but rather on Mars. When Mars could no longer sustain life, mankind
had to escape and colonized Earth. Many years later, a study was
written about the survival of mankind in Mars and its struggle in Earth led by Doctor Ajidan
Edejem. We proved to be a species that has survived
wars, slavery and other forms of abuse. All the while, the
government controlled by "them" wants to keep
everything quiet and even kill him for telling others about
the unavoidable doom. Years before the extinction of life
in Mars, the Thelian
society was perfect, yet corrupted. Life was easy, yet
difficult if you were different. For every good person,
like Ahila Keinj who found peace in The
Faith, there were many willing to destroy it all for
gain while "they" controlled the fate of many. At
the end, an outsider simply known as Operative Logger
9C56 tries to fight "them" and stop
"their" manipulation of history and mankind.
You can get Under the Thelian Sky
exclusively at Amazon available on print (ISBN
9781494232283) and e-book (ASIN B00GTQBY04).
In The Daydreamer, Robert James is a normal New
Yorker who wakes up one morning unsure what had happened in
his life. He is accused of killing the woman he has always
loved, but he remembers three possible realities. Which
reality could be true? Has he dreamed these realities, seen
this events or taken part of these strange acts? Is he a
killer or is he being framed? Perhaps he knows the killer
better than anyone else without realizing it.