In this thread i'd like to bring out some of the more impopular operating systems and methods of running programs. Mostly because the mass public has never heard about them or have no idea that there actually is something else than Windows, Mac or Ubuntu.
Most of them are , of course, Linux based, because Linux is totally free and pretty easy to modify. But there are lots of other gems in this world.
Maybe these gems can give your (old) hardware a 2nd life you have never dreamed of. There are litereally endless possibilities.
Once there was BeOS. An operating system based on getting as much performance on multimedia as possible. BeOS died, but its code lives on in The Haiku Project.
Ready for you in 30 seconds
Everybody knows Ubuntu and most like it. But there are also Linux distributions that are known for their awesome speed and small size. Take for instance Slitaz. It's 30 MB and boots amazingly fast. There's also Damn Small Linux. It's 50 MB big but is action packed with applications!
30 MB is way too big!
Well, then try the floppy image. It boots Slitaz completely via the internet using PXE. I hope 1.4 MB is small enough for your (remotely activated) OS.
I want to record everything
Ever wondered if you could make your own Digital Video Recorder out of a pc? Wonder no more. Try Myth TV. It's extremely picky about hardware and very complex, but it is totally free. Luckily there's also MythBuntu, which is a little easier.
Sharing and secure files and contacts is a pain? Scared of Microsoft Sharepoint? Worry no more, boot your Bitnami Stack Server within a minute! Go native, go virtual, go manual, you choose. Bitnami delivers totally free awesome servers suitable for most businesses.
Remember IBM's OS/2? It's dead, isn't it? Actually.. no.. it still lives on under the name of eComStation. You still can run your OS/2 applications.
MS DOS is dead. Sure.. FreeDOS is not though.
Ahh. a nice NAS.. Hosting files for you, torrenting your stuff, hosting your webserver. Must cost a fortune. Actually no.. if you got the hardware, then here is FreeNAS totally for free. Installation takes about 5 minutes. Configuration about a day.
Or woud you rather try out Openfiler?
Best of both worlds?
Like Ubuntu but would love it to be easier? Try FreeSpire. Installation takes about 10 minutes. It's based on Lindows/linspire.. remember that one?
OS on a stick
You got an USB stick. We got lots of operating systems.
Coudl i have a webserver operating system?
Sure! Small and quick? Try the 160MB Lamppix mini. You can even modify the bootable cd iso to come up with your own webserver upon booting!
Do you know some more gems?
Windows Home Server
It's not that popular, but Microsoft actually made a nice server. Costs money though. What's amazing though is that you can build an extremely small server if you would want to.