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Whither OpenSolaris? Illumos Takes Up the Mantle

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linuxinsider.com: After Oracle bought Sun Microsystems, its lack of interest in maintaining OpenSolaris as an open source operating system drove a group of dedicated developers to pick up where Sun left off.

Overview of Haiku OS Release 1 Alpha 4

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vazhavandan.blogspot: HAIKU is an opensource OS that is targeted at the personal computing market. It is developed by the Haiku Project and takes its inspiration from BeOS. It's kernel is based on NewOS. Haiku recently announced release of Haiku Release 1 Alpha 4.

FreeBSD project servers hacked

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Xenix: The Microsoft Unix That Once Was

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unixmen.com: One would not normally associate Microsoft with Unix. While Microsoft’s interest(s) in Unix may remain minimal in recent times, history tells a very different story.

BeOS-inspired operating system Haiku hits new milestone

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computerworld.com.au: Haiku, an open source project inspired by BeOS, has hit a new milestone, with developers releasing Alpha 4 of the operating system.

A Linux user switches to DOS, Part Two

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networkworld.com: Last week I set a goal for myself: To live entirely in DOS for one week, in order to demonstrate how “old” technology is just as viable and usable as modern tech. Also it sounded like fun. And fun it was.

Is Aliyun OS really Linux? Android? A rip-off of both?

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zdnet.com: What is Aliyun OS? A Linux fork? An Android fork? An Android rip-off? It appears to be an illegal Linux/Android fork offering pirated Android programs.

GNOME OS is on the way - but mainly for testing and development

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zdnet.com: The GNOME project, which is facing heavy criticism over usability issues, is to build a touch-capable 'GNOME OS' as a way of improving the overall experience for users and developers

After Oracle, OpenSolaris rises again

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infoworld.com: Oracle tried to kill it, but the former Sun project has emerged from the ashes, nurtured by a crowd of innovative startups

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