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Obscure and Obsolete Operating Systems

Discussion in 'Other Operating Systems' started by Smakked, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. Smakked

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    Thought it would be good to discuss Obscure OSes , i just found on i haven't heard of plan9 http://plan9.bell-labs.com/plan9/


    Looks pretty basic to me

    What have you seen or found over the years.

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  2. HeatVision

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    Plan9 isn't obscure. There are thousands of more obscure embedded RTOSes like PXROS or RTEMS out there. If you want to restrict yourself to Desktop OSes then have a look through http://freshmeat.net/browse/136/ and find things like AROS or Agnix.
     
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    Yeah was looking at them earlier alot are dead now tho no longer developed
     
  4. [aE]-brent

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    Plan 9 is fairly interesting because it was intended to succeed Unix. I tried it once, there's some really interesting concepts in it but it's really more of a research project. Plan 9 from User Space is a project to port some of the user space stuff to Unix-like systems.

    BeOS was cool too. I remember trying it ages ago, before I used Linux I think. Ahead of it's time but it lacked applications.

    I think I played with QNX (the desktop one) a while back too.
     
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    Probably could qualify as obscure to you. Although it isn't open source.
     
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    Is this thread for 'obscure', 'old', both or either?
     
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    either i spose, there are alot that never wen anywhere.
     
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    The ones I've tried:
    QNX
    OS/2
    DOS 3.x + Win1.0 (I've also used DOS5 and 6 and Win2, 3 and 3.1x)
    BeOS
    GEOS on C64 (go joystick cursor control!)
    AmigaOS

    Oh, and if we consider shells: Bob!

    Yes I know they aren't technically all obscure, but they aren't generally used by regular people.

    Edit:
    If you really want a big list of OSes to learn about, there's a list on Wikipedia.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_operating_systems
     
  10. newmarket

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    While not obscure, OS/2 was always a good OS.

    I wouldn't mind having a qemu image of it!
     
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    I actually purchased BeOS 4 and 5 and had them shipped from the US. BeOS was well ahead of the pack back in the era of Windows 98 and Mac OS 8. Unfortunately it lacked applications, specially internet related and hardware drivers. So once Windows 2000 was established with driver support I jumped ship.
     
  12. [aE]-brent

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    I knew I remembered there being an alternative OS article on OSNews. There's a list of a few obscure OSs that they suggested people write about, and here's the winning articles. Some very interesting reading if you want to learn about operating systems.
     
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    Vista (someone had to say it)
     
  14. HyRax1

    HyRax1 ¡Viva la Resolutión!

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    GEOS was awesome on the C64! OK, technically it was just an environment, not an OS, but it was still cool - used to do all my school projects on it (and ended up printing it all on an oh-so-awesome 9-pin dot-matrix printer) - I probably still have it buried somewhere in the garage...
     
  15. elvis

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    Sure, if you didn't want to run more than one app at a time. :)

    Heh.

    How about LUnix?
    http://lng.sourceforge.net/
     
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    Yeah I remember geos. It was bugger slow to boot up from the old 5 1/2" floppies, but when loaded, it had some great apps. I used to write a lot back in those days. I still have my old print outs from the dot-matrix printer. Fuck man, now were they a slow printer! Haha.
     
  17. HyRax1

    HyRax1 ¡Viva la Resolutión!

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    ...and noisy! I remember not being allowed to print late at night otherwise I'd wake up my folks - not good when you had a project due the next day!! Hehehehe...! :D Took a good 45 minutes to print up several pages in so-called "HQ" mode (ie: several passes over the one line, slightly offset from the last to smooth out the fonts) - man I went through the ribbons!

    If I look hard enough, I'll bet I have the GEOS disks lying around too - I've still got my C64's (though I've butchered two of them to make the third one keep working).

    I remember when QNX first came out, it took me back to the GEOS days too...
     
  18. elvis

    elvis OCAU's most famous and arrogant know-it-all

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    Have you guys ever seen the videos of that bloke who plays classical music using 9 and 24 pin printers?

    Pretty cool. He's worked out the rough "note" that particular strings of characters make (eg: a line of periods (.) makes a higher pitched squeal than a line of some chunky letter). He then lines up about a half dozen printers, and prints out characters to play the music.

    Very cool. I need to track that guy down..
     
  19. HyRax1

    HyRax1 ¡Viva la Resolutión!

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    No, never - if you find it, please link it - love creative things like that!
     
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