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Various bits of news about operating systems

OpenSource Operating Systems

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elevenislouder.blogspot: I figured that I should take an opportunity to introduce a few opensource OSs that really haven't been in the lime light much. We all know about Linux and many of us also know about Darwin and BSD. Still some know about OpenSolaris. Which ever ones you know or don't here's a chance to get the scoop.

So is ChromeOS a desktop winner? I think not.

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freesoftwaremagazine.com: When Google announced their ChromeOS there was a flurry of comment and opinion on what this could mean for the GNU/Linux user and the future of free software. Our esteemed editor, Tony Mobily made a bold statement (albeit framed as a question) at the time that Google’s ChromeOS could turn GNU/Linux into a “desktop winner”. I’m not sure that it’s true.

Pros and Cons of the Major Operating Systems

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linux.bihlman.com: There are several options when it comes to choosing an operating system for your computer. Of course Windows is the overwhelming heavyweight in the market place and it isn’t a bad choice in some ways. Also looking for users are Linux, BSD and Leopard.

Cross platform doesn’t exists

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expobrain.net: When you write code in Python you can be almost sure your code will run on different operating systems. I say almost sure, not completely sure, because some of the libraries and packages you are using can have different behaviors on different systems.

Android replaced, banned, forked, and shunned

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  • Angstrom Linux available for Archos 5 Internet Tablet
  • ARCHOS publishes Linux distro for 5 and 7 series Internet Media Tablets
  • Archos posts 'full' Linux distro for Android tablet
  • App Store craziness: banning the word 'Android'
  • The New Era of Big Company Forks
  • Torvalds' Nexus One endorsement may be regretted

Symbian’s EPL versus The Linux GPL.

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Wherein your humble author attempts a quick and dirty rundown of the key differences between the software license covering Symbian’s new open OS and the GNU General Public License that’s served the Linux community for many years.

Note that much of what follows has been cobbled together from Wikipedia pages, so feel free to enlighten and/or correct in the comments below this post…

Ready? Here we go...

What’s up with the Symbian Foundation?

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In one of the first posts on the Symbian Foundation’s new blog the following proclamation was made about the future of Nokia’s proprietary S60 mobile operating system:

“We’re going to give it all away: For free”.

It’s now almost a year later and I have to ask: What’s taking you so long?

More here...

Fedora, Debian, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, OpenSolaris Benchmarks

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phoronix.com: Last week we published the first Debian GNU/kFreeBSD benchmarks. We have now extended that comparison to put many other operating systems in a direct performance comparison to these Debian GNU/Linux and Debian GNU/kFreeBSD snapshots of 6.0 Squeeze to Fedora 12, FreeBSD 7.2, FreeBSD 8.0, OpenBSD 4.6, and OpenSolaris 2009.06.

Try 10 OSes You've Never Heard Of

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techradar.com: We explore the little-known seas beyond Windows, Linux and Mac OS X and discover a treasure chest of alternative OSes for you to plunder.

ReactOS May Begin Heavily Using Wine Code

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phoronix.com: While we don't normally talk much about ReactOS, the free software operating system that was started some twelve years ago to provide binary compatible with Windows NT, there is a new proposal to abandon much of its Win32 subsystem that has built up over the past decade and to create a new Windows subsystem that in large part is derived from Wine code.

Minix on the iPod: where Linux started

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berenguel.blogspot: This is where Linux started. Minix, from the bible on operating systems. You can easily install it on minivMac for your iPod, download it from this link and install the disk image in your iPod as usual. Then, unpack the files inside.

Open Solaris 2009.06 - Slowly getting there

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dedoimedo.com: For some strange reason, I keep going back to Open Solaris. Maybe it's the beautiful Gnome desktop, well arranged and streamlined. Maybe it's the belief that Sun, one of the great technology leaders in the past 30 years, can deliver a usable operating system intended for the home market. And maybe it's my desire to crack open the frightening secrets of UNIX, for Linux, Open Solaris is not.

Dell Has Everything To Beat Apple

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katonda.com/blog: There are two possibilities, either you create a door for yourself, or if you see a door, then just open it and walk in. We will talk about the door thing later, first tell me: what do you use for your computing?

OS shoot-out: Windows vs. Mac OS X vs. Linux

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linuxworld.com: For the first time in memory, the Mac's market share has hit 9.1 percent, according to IDC data, and Windows' market share has dipped below 90 percent. But can either Mac OS X or Linux be more than a niche OS?

Looking Ahead to Unix's Future

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severwatch.com: Unix has been a major presence in computing for decades, with numerous businesses, government agencies and other organizations relying on it for their mission-critical applications. As a result, making changes to the platform's specifications isn't a task to be undertaken lightly.

10 operating systems you've never heard of

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techradar.com: After a wave of operating system releases, it's easy to become somewhat bored with the software side of computing. We're going to look at 10 of the most intriguing open-source operating systems in this brave new world.

Great and Disappointing Operating Systems of the Decade

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itworld.com: Writing about the best and worst in operating system is like a crap magnet: I'm pressing the big red button.

Too early to declare victory in the netbook war

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Ubuntu

whatpc.co.uk: It really doesn’t matter much whether the world’s netbook owners prefer Windows XP to Ubuntu Linux so why was Microsoft’s Windows communication manager Brandon LeBlanc so excited about his rather dubious sales statistics?

World's Largest Python Conference Comes to Atlanta

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PyCon 2009 drew nearly a thousand Python programmers from around the world, representing projects on all seven continents - including Antarctica! They gathered for serious learning, discussion, and strategizing... and for not-so-serious fun. PyCon 2010, the eighth annual conference of the Python programming community, promises even more.

10 OSes on the Move

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serverwatch.com: It's certainly been quite a decade in the world of enterprise operating systems: There have been some spectacular winners, like Linux, and few epic failures, like Microsoft Vista. With the end of the decade little more than two weeks away, now seems a good time to take a look at what the future might hold. So to mark the end of the Noughties and the start of the Tens here is a highly subjective list of 10 OSes that will (or in some cases won't) be making the news during the next 10 years.

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