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10 best alternative operating systems

Postby rockingmtranch » Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:51 am

10 best alternative operating systems

The desktops with the potential to change computing

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Right now, someone, somewhere is developing the killer operating system feature of the future - a feature that will change computing and make us wonder how we lived without it.
However, the person responsible probably isn't grafting away in the labs of Microsoft, Apple or Red Hat - he or she is more likely to be working in a bedroom or loft.
Big companies can grow reticent to change, slow to move and adopt new technologies. Features must be escalated through approval bodies, management and bean-counters. Hobbyist projects don't have those commercial pressures and can experiment freely.
It might seem audacious to claim that the next Windows is cooking in some part-time coder's house, but it's nothing new. Microsoft's OS empire started with the purchase of QDOS, which stood for 'Quick and Dirty Operating System'. Apple didn't create Mac OS X out of thin air, but took an open source kernel and some BSD code (grounded in academia) to get the foundations of its operating system working.
The most successful projects often begin life in ways we'd never expect, and it can take a while for their potential to be fully realised.
Into the future
We'll look at the best alternative operating systems, with the potential to change the computing landscape over the next decade. There's only one rule - no Microsoft, Apple or Linux.
While some of these new operating systems are still relatively early in development, the technology that they're introducing could make its way into the next round of updates for the mainstream OSes we use. Helpfully, you can try these projects without having to repartition your hard drive thanks to the excellent (and free) PC virtualisation and emulation tool available from http://www.virtualbox.org.
These OSes are all supplied as disk images - usually CD ISOs - so you can install VirtualBox, grab the ISO and tell VirtualBox to boot from it to try it out. You can burn the ISO files to CD-Rs and boot them on your real PC if you want to see how they handle the bare metal, but remember that mid-development releases could contain bugs.


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Re: 10 best alternative operating systems

Postby JeanInMontana » Tue Mar 15, 2011 11:34 am

10 :huh: who'd a thunk it.
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Re: 10 best alternative operating systems

Postby rockingmtranch » Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:21 pm

JeanInMontana wrote:10 :huh: who'd a thunk it.

I think I know the answer but, did you ever try the Ubuntu disc I sent ya? You can run right off the disc. No install required to see how it works.
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Re: 10 best alternative operating systems

Postby JeanInMontana » Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:47 pm

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