alternatives to windows
Posted 24 January 2002 - 02:40 AM
QNX has been around since 1981 and only M$ beats it in terms of longevity as a desktop operating system manufacturer.QNX is easy enough to install and can be installed ontop of windows if you would like (then boot it from floppy) or on its own partition. like XP QNX detects most hardware on install and auto installs the drivers needed for your setup. if you download the full ISO file it comes with many programs and utils, but free software is available all over the net.
Atheos is pretty young as OS go, its programmed not by a team of people but by one guy called Kurt Skauen. Atheos can be tricky for some to install and requiresa bit of messing around a' la Linux. unlike most OS that are a graphical interface ontop of a command line such as windows or linux, Atheos is graphical right to the core, and offers a 64 bit journaled filling system. might find it harder to find software for this, but it can run many modified Linux programs.
Download / screenshots: http://www.atheos.cx
SkyOS is true open scource code, started early 1999. installing SkyOs might involve changing some of the scourse code, and may only work on some countries keyboards, software is a bit sparse too as the system is so young.
Download / screenshots: http://www.skyos.org/
Linux comes in many shapes and sizes, or "distros". theres a huge amount of free software for linux, from text editors and office suites to movie editors and media players. Some users might find installing linux a pain, and you should read all the instructions carefully before you try! you will need to know as much info about your hardware as possible for most distros, from the parts installed to the refresh rate of your monitor.
Downloads and screenshots: www.mandrake.com
anyone got any others to add? BeOS etc?
Posted 24 January 2002 - 10:55 PM
xper.. thats site has some very exotic sounding systems on it!! jeez theres loads, might try a few for laughs!
Posted 27 January 2002 - 07:11 AM
BeOS (Available for PCs and Macs)
Plan 9 & Inferno
eCos (from Redhat)
Elate (formerly TAOS)
LIst of all the ones I know that are out there.
Posted 27 January 2002 - 09:17 AM
And I fear that it will give many people a bad impression to Linux, as I don't feel it will be a good solid product.
As a Linux advocate, I have a hard enough time explaining Linux to people, and the last thing that's needed is Lindows tainting the Linux name. :mad: But maybe people will realize Lindows is not the same as a real Linux distribution like Debian or RedHat.
Posted 28 January 2002 - 07:24 AM
Wine is good, and in the past 3 years it has really come a long way. Apparantly Lindows has modified Wine a bit. Will they give their changes back to the Wine project? Not likely. Unfortunatly, Wine is not under the GPL license, So it's perfectly legal.
Posted 28 January 2002 - 11:31 AM
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Posted 03 February 2002 - 11:13 PM
mandrake takes 40 minutes (you heard me 40!!) minutes to boot then runs so slowly i almost fell asleep waiting for the command line to open, never mind LICQ etc... jeez. i so wish it would run... feel like crying :cry
if mandrakes that bad ive no chance getting Suse to run, i need it to work so i can get used to it in the first place never mind trying fixing something i know little about
Posted 04 February 2002 - 05:29 AM
anyway... Redmond linux looks very much like XP.. it was a swiz to install.. it let me play solitare while it did it!!! when i manage to take a screen shot i will.
i cant find krusader... pity i prefered that browser
Posted 07 February 2002 - 05:58 PM
You can just add the host to /etc/hosts and it won't need network access to look it up.
Though you said you switched distributions, so it's probably pointless now... At least it wasn't RedHat or Debian that was causing your problems :cool:
Posted 09 February 2002 - 01:36 AM
redmond looks sweet but... ill have to try another distro, like,.. one that works properly lol. im enjoying linux a lot.. shouldve used it earlier.