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What other operating systems have you tried so far?

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It is most likely that everyone of you has tried at least windows and GNU/Linux, but what other OS's have you tried, especially free ones? Maybe you could also describe your experiences with them.

In all my life I've used windows 98 and XP, Mac OS 7.5 and then all the GNU/Linux flavors, but I have also given BeOS 5PE (Personal Edition) a try too. There is now a free BeOS-like operating system being developed for some time already which is called Haiku OS that looks very promising and I can't wait when I'd be able to use it.

BeOS leaves us an awesome heritage and it still lives through Zeta OS by Yellowtab which is a proprietary OS and more importantly Haiku OS which is Free Software, but attempts to retain all the best things that BeOS had which can make it an OS of the future.

Thanks
Daniel

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Re: What other operating systems have you tried so far?
"libervisco" wrote:

In all my life I've used ... all the GNU/Linux flavors, ...

No you haven't. You would still be busy installing.

Let's see. I have used:

proprietary:
TOS/GEM on an atari 1024ST. It's amazing how functional a gui can be with so few pixels.
DOS, windows 3.something (at school, just some word processing and such)
windows 95 (at home, see above)
windows 98 (well, didn't exactly use it)
windows XP home (came with my laptop, I used it to play with worldwind and google earth and such. All these patches and updates to the virus scanner and spyware scanner and firewall and whatnot are a big pain in the rear!)

free:
redhat 5 (whoa!!!! first time since the atari that I feel I really am _using_ a computer)
suse (forgot version number) (first experiences with KDE, love at first sight, then later it changed into pain because of those buggy early versions. only time I ever saw a linux box crash so badly it needed to be resetted)
debian (it just works)
archlinux (best distro so far)
ubuntu (I broke it when trying to un-dumb it, and went back to archlinux after a while)
SyllableOS (in emulation, couldn't get it to work, but I think I know the problem now and will try again sometime)
reactOS (in emulation. moved the mouse around a bit and looked around in the filesystem. about as interesting as a fresh windows installation...)

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Re: What other operating systems have you tried so far?
"tbuitenh" wrote:
"libervisco" wrote:

In all my life I've used ... all the GNU/Linux flavors, ...

No you haven't. You would still be busy installing.

Yes, I worded it wrongly. Smiling

I also forgot to mention I used Mac OS 6.x (multiple versions I don't even remember, were on those floppy disks I got back then) and Mac OS 7. That's on an old Macintosh SE FDHD (from year 1989).

I also used Windows 95 mostly in high school (they had them on IBM 486 PCs).

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IBM PC-DOS 3.3
MS-DOS 6.22 + Windows 3.x
Windows 98/2000/Me/XP (well, I missed the Windows 95)
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Red Hat 9
Debian GNU/Linux 3.0
Debian GNU/Linux 3.1

Plan 9
ReactOS
FreeDOS

edit: btw I think the "free" in the freeos.com site actually means "free bear" as they even have the Sun Solaris listed there.

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I've used windows 95,92,98SE,2000,ME,XP and vista. Mac OS X, 9, 8 and 7 on computers at my dad's work. Solaris versions 5-10 at dad's work, as well as on my computer at home. I have used freedos, lots of linux and bsd distros, GNU/HURD and Syllable and reactos.

So I have tried a lot along my 14 year life Smiling

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hmm

windows 95, 98, 2k, me, xp

linux redhat, fedora, debian, ubuntu, gentoo, slackware, lfs, knoppix, dsl, puppy, jedilinux

mac like all of them

what ever we used on the bbcs

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Many different linuxes
FreeBSD
ReactOS
Many different DOSes
Various Windows
Syllable
Sky
Beos
Atheos
Some mac ones that I don't remember
Plan9
minix
menuet

I can't remember the rest of em

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whoah, seems we are all well travelled geeks then Smiling

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"Whistler" wrote:

btw I think the "free" in the freeos.com site actually means "free bear" as they even have the Sun Solaris listed there.

MMMMMMmmmmmmmmmm bbbbbeeeeeeeeeeeaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr meeeeeeeaaaaattt....

Anyway the only free OSs I've tried are GNU/Linux and FreeBSD (which I didn't like).

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I've tried a few different linux distro's

FreeBSD
OpenBSD

not much else...

I plan on trying GNU HURD, debian's BSD thing, Plan 9 (at some point) maybe minix

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Well, not all Free, but lets see what I can recall.

IIRC my first *nix exposure was SunOS 2 maybe? Anyway, an early version. Then I left university and followed the sheep of the world into Windows95/98. About that time, I woke up and hopped onto the RH (5-ish?), then on to Mandrake (not for long- but I did buy a PowerPack and T-Shirt from them when they declared bankruptcy a few years back), and finally onto SuSE for a long while. While I was happy with SuSE, I was always interested in Debian. After many heartbreaks, I finally got Woody to install (was in "testing" at the time IIRC). Since then, my personal machines and servers all run Debian or a close derivative (such as Ubuntu). I've played around with Open & FreeBSD, Plan 9, and Solaris x86. I had the chance to babysit an AIX machine once for about a week, which was more than enough! I also have two OS X machines at home (G4 iMac 700MHz and G4 iBook 1GHz; hopefully to upgrade to an Intel iMac as soon as funds allow). Then the G4 iMac will get moved to Debian/Ubuntu full time so I can finally learn PPC programming a bit without the exorbitant cost of Apple's developer licenses.

Professionally, I have to stay current on RHEL (3 & 4) and SuSE ES 9 (which I prefer greatly over RHEL). Unfortunately, my employer's drug-like addiction to MS means I at least have to be halfway dangerous on Windows Server 2k & 2k3, as well as Win2k Pro and XP...shudder.

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Well,

    DOS
    Windows versions 3.1 through XP
    20+ distributions of GNU/Linux
    FreeBSD
    OpenBSD
    NetBSD
    FreeSBIE
    Apple Darwin
    OpenDarwin
    GNU Hurd

I want to get back to using the Hurd once they port the L4 kernel to it and make it a bit more functional (if that ever happens).[/]

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Free:
6+ GNU/Linux distros

Not-Free:
DOS 5+ (maybe even older (>5) not that it matters)
Win 3.x through XP
Mac OS 7 through X
BeOS

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"olive" wrote:

I want to get back to using the Hurd once they port the L4 kernel to it and make it a bit more functional (if that ever happens).

It seems they are deciding to switch again. Wow.
http://kerneltrap.org/node/5852/print
http://www.coyotos.org/docs/ukernel/spec.html (See the "overrun by the Hurd" section)

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"Whistler" wrote:

It seems they are deciding to switch again. Wow.
http://kerneltrap.org/node/5852/print
http://www.coyotos.org/docs/ukernel/spec.html (See the "overrun by the Hurd" section)

Wow. That Coyotos design looks interesting; I had never heard of it before now.

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Yeah, I was talking to some guys in the #hug IRC room, and the l4 kernel has gone now Sad

It would have been so great!

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