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    Anything Radical to play with in VM?

    Is there a radical distro out there to play with that you know of? I'm looking for something really left field.

    I'm bored with EyeOS & ReactOS
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    Re: Anything Radical to play with in VM?

    Have you tried out OLPC's Sugar?

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    Re: Anything Radical to play with in VM?

    Quote Originally Posted by saulgoode View Post
    Have you tried out OLPC's Sugar?
    HA! I have not , thanks for the suggestion mate.
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    Re: Anything Radical to play with in VM?

    SymphonyOS uses the Mezzo desktop environment, which might be interesting to look at. You could also try building your own with Linux From Scratch which is a good educational opportunity to learn how the internals of a Linux distro work. There is also Nexenta which uses the OpenSolaris (another option) kernel with a GNU userland and Debian tools like APT. Think of it like the Ubuntu of OpenSolaris. And of course a variety of choices for BSD based operating systems. Minix is also very interesting. It's the OS that LInus Torvalds used while he was developing Linux. It's a free UNIX-like OS, but it is a microkernel where as LInux is monolithic. Syllable is a non-UNIX OS which has made great progress. FreeDOS is a MS-DOS type operating system which (I believe) has binary compatibility. Bell Labs, the creators of the original UNIX, also have a project called Plan 9 to improve upon UNIX and make an even better system.

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    Re: Anything Radical to play with in VM?

    Quote Originally Posted by Darkhack View Post
    SymphonyOS uses the Mezzo desktop environment, which might be interesting to look at. You could also try building your own with Linux From Scratch which is a good educational opportunity to learn how the internals of a Linux distro work. There is also Nexenta which uses the OpenSolaris (another option) kernel with a GNU userland and Debian tools like APT. Think of it like the Ubuntu of OpenSolaris. And of course a variety of choices for BSD based operating systems. Minix is also very interesting. It's the OS that LInus Torvalds used while he was developing Linux. It's a free UNIX-like OS, but it is a microkernel where as LInux is monolithic. Syllable is a non-UNIX OS which has made great progress. FreeDOS is a MS-DOS type operating system which (I believe) has binary compatibility. Bell Labs, the creators of the original UNIX, also have a project called Plan 9 to improve upon UNIX and make an even better system.
    Nice post man! I've a few of my own doing specific jobs but you've given me lots of stuff to play with thanks!.

    EDIT: ohh now I see why you linked Linux from scratch , how did I ever miss that site? zomg thanks.
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    Re: Anything Radical to play with in VM?

    How about Sun's Project Indiana? http://opensolaris.org/os/project/indiana/

    It is Sun's openSolaris "distro" that is supposed to be much more userfriendly than Solaris and openSolaris. It has a package manager somewhat like apt and uses ZFS for the root filesystem. Really interesting OS, I have my eye on it for sure. Still in development, but very interesting.

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    Re: Anything Radical to play with in VM?

    Syllable is interesting to play with, as is Haiku (a binary-compatible BeOS clone for Intel x86 machines). I think there's a bit of friendly rivalry between the two communities even though they're not really in competition. So try them both and have your say!
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    Re: Anything Radical to play with in VM?

    OpenVMS would be cool but you cannot run it in a VM though. You can run it in an emulator though using SIMH

    Pretty hardcore OS if you ask me.

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    Re: Anything Radical to play with in VM?

    I would recommend Solar OS

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    Re: Anything Radical to play with in VM?

    Quote Originally Posted by sx66gns View Post
    Nice post man! I've a few of my own doing specific jobs but you've given me lots of stuff to play with thanks!.

    EDIT: ohh now I see why you linked Linux from scratch , how did I ever miss that site? zomg thanks.
    instead of minix try minix3 really interesting to pass some time..

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