Obscure operating systems

Thomas Mueller mueller6724 at bellsouth.net
Sat May 10 11:19:00 UTC 2014

On Wed, 2014-05-07 at 15:49 +0300, velocidade da luz wrote:
> Anyone here using PC-BSD, PureDarwin, GhostBSD, AnonymOS, (Amnesiac)
> Incognito, eComStation, Syllable , ReactOS, Haiku,  or MenuetOS? I'm
> planning on trying these, and would like to hear of users' experiences
> (good or bad). Thanks.
PC-BSD is actually a dressed-up FreeBSD rather than a separate OS.  I never tried it, lookked like too much graphic hot air.

I used OS/2 from 1.3 to Warp 4.  Then, after a freeze or crash, CHKDSK, running automatically on reboot, ran amok and trashed my hard drive data.  I was never again able to boot OS/2 after that, even from floppies.  I later tried eComStation demo CD but was not favorably impressed.

I think Pure Darwin is some years behind now.

I downloaded ReactOS 0.3.15 installation ISO and burned to CD, but it failed to boot.

I was thinking of trying to build ReactOS from source and install to USB stick, but there could be many snags on my modern hardware and GPT-partitioned hard drives.

You missed Minix 3 in the list of obscure OSes, but Minix 3 seems far behind other quasi-Unix OSes in what it can do, judging from their website.


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