A Operating system besides Windows or Linux??

Discussion in 'Operating Systems' started by AndreRio, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. AndreRio

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    Are there any other operating systems besides windows or Linux? What about the macos? Can it be installed on a pc? What do I need to buy to get macos x work on my pc? Any other OS out there?
     
  2. Arainach

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    You cannot legally install Mac OS X on any non-Mac hardware. There are a wide variety of other operating systems out there such as the BSD family (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, etc.), Haiku (which is a derivative of the BeOS model as I understand it), and several others with niche userbases.
     
  3. timta2

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    It's a little easier to build a Hackintosh these days but in my experience it can be a nightmare keeping up with problems, drivers, and updates.

    What are you look for an alternative OS for? What do you need to do that can't be done in Windows or Linux?
     
  4. bigdogchris

    bigdogchris Wii was a Novelty

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    You're choice is Unix, or something based on Unix, and Windows.
     
  5. Wrench00

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    NetBSD,FreeBSD. BeOS(Haiku), QNX, ReactOS.
     
  6. Skripka

    Skripka [H]ardForum Junkie

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    No love for the HURD?
     
  7. PSU GURU

    PSU GURU Limp Gawd

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    Mac OSX on a PC isnt legal, but torrents aernt either and look how many people use them
     
  8. XOR != OR

    XOR != OR PM Kyle for the TItle You Pick.

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    Torrents are most definitely legal.

    They can be used to acquire content to which you don't have rights to, yes, but bit torrent itself is entirely legal.
     
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  10. 402blownstroker

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    Torrents are perfectly legal, it is just 99.99% of the content is usually illegal.
     
  11. bigted

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    Information needs to be free and open, HACK THE PLANET!!!

    on topic, i find Fedora to be a better OS than Ubuntu, i know both are Linux but OP never mentioned why he is asking for a different OS other than windows or the free open sourced goodness of Linux
     
  12. AndreRio

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    I wonder. If MS won't change windows, how many people will abandon windows and move to Linux or whatever. I guess Apple is going to get a lot of windows users.
     
  13. Shadohh

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    Very few.

    If people do not like Windows 8 they will just go back to Windows 7
     
  14. AndreRio

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    yeah but. forever?
     
  15. heatlesssun

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    While there is a lot of resistance to Windows 8 now the question now becomes is that a permanent condition? Things will evolve. There's supposed to be an update to Windows 8 coming out this year, the next major version of Windows would go into beta late next year if Microsoft holds to a three year major release schedule. There's going to be much more touch hardware that's going to get cheaper and faster and with more Metro apps. Windows 8 is a first gen product, it's going to improve and I don't see touch and tablets and a fad, they are going no where anymore than keyboards and mice.

    Windows 8 has already passed Linux in desktop usage and should pass OS X 10.8 which is the most widely deployed version of OS this month. With the arrival of tablets and smart phones the desktop war is now over. The battle for end user computing has now moved to tablets and smart phones, no one is going to make the investments to match Windows on the desktop as the desktop now is declining. More people are probably more likely to move to iOS or Android from Windows than they are OS X or desktop Windows. Enterprises with large Windows investments will stay on Windows 7 for at least another 5 years though businesses looking at tablets with large Windows investments might be interested in Windows 8.
     
  16. x509

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    Right now tablets are at or near the peak of the Gartner Group "hype cycle," where everyone thinks that the new technology, whatever it is, can solve all the world's problems, profitably of course. After the peak comes the "trough of disillusionment," where reality sinks in. For OS platforms on desktops, I think this means that Microsoft will have to revise Windows 8 into a "blended" interface.

    And consider this: If a single OS interface across all platforms is that great, why hasn't Apple already done that across MacOS and iOS?


    Check these out:
    http://www.gartner.com/technology/research/hype-cycles/
    and
    https://www.google.com/search?q=gar...B8qniAKimIHICQ&ved=0CDsQsAQ&biw=1920&bih=1006
     
  17. paret0

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    This.
     
  18. Hagrid

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    That and there are plenty of 3rd party solutions to get rid of the metro crap!
     
  19. D-EJ915

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    eComStation is what OS/2 was renamed to. If your hardware is supported it's decent and has a good community. When the new version of firefox comes out these guys pop out a build even before the official Windows ones come out lol.
     
  20. MrGuvernment

    MrGuvernment PM Kyle for the TItle You Pick.

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    for me unix is alot like linux so there isn't much variance there, i guess it depends how deep into the OS you want to get. or you just want some new GUI to play with..
     
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    Solaris was a great system in its day. When I worked at Sun, the management there was all over Itanium. They even made fun of it by calling it Itanic. But the joke was on Sun. As a company, we didn't see Linux coming, at that bit us hard in the a--.

    When I was there, there was this big, raging debat about Solaris-x86. Some groups were for it, but the hardware group was against it, because then a customer didn't need to buy expensive Sun gear just to run Solaris. So they went back and forth on Solaris-x86, it did not did not have drivers for the latest hardware, etc. In the meantime, Linux just came along and the rest is history.

    Those were the days ....
     
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    For something really, really far out, consider Hercules. It's an emulator running on Windows (or Linux ...) that allows you to run IBM mainframe operating systems in emulation mode. Some of the older ones are now in the public domain.

    http://www.hercules-390.org/
     
  23. paret0

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    Meanwhile, pretty much everything good in BSD comes from Solaris, even if it started in BSD. Zones, ZFS, DTrace... Zones are crack. I don't even need to talk about ZFS. Crossbow? A generation ahead of OpenStack...

    Solaris scares people, but it's a friendly beast that does tricks.
     
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    How about trying out AMIGA os 4 it's actually quite good and better in areas than windows, apple os, and linux.
     
  26. jb_hafo

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    Freebsd (which I use) also has desktop rollouts of it... for instance I have a very recent Ghostbsd.org v3.0 on a thumbdrive which I would have no qualms installing to a brand-new hard drive, were I to complete each of its install questions fully. Once the ghostbsd were installed, it would essentially be freebsd, and one could deinstall and install programs as one learns how etc. Most such efforts are donationware, so to speak...
     
  27. AndreRio

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    i have os/2.

    solaris sounds interesting.
     
  28. AndreRio

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    for pc's, the only thing that comes close to windows (and mac) is linux?
     
  29. Semantics

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    OSX is what Unix like BSD based system? Apple can't write a real OS last OS they tried was what mac OS 9 which was a pure pos for it's time.
     
  30. MrGuvernment

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    OS9 was based on unix as well i recall.
     
  31. Wrench00

    Wrench00 2[H]4U

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    Nope OS X was. Called NeXT
     
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    ^bump
     
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