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A quick look at alternative operating systems

Tim Miller wrote an interesting one page review of four alternative operating systems. Not the usual suspects (Ubuntu, SUSE or Linspire) around but rather obscure ones.

First on the list, we have SkyOS, which is a limited band proprietary OS with limited software and hardware support but exciting prospects ahead.

It is still in beta version (its tenth year). It has garnered a faithful following and promises a rather different Operating System experience when it launches. In the meantime though, you will have to spend $30 to join the beta program.

The second OS reviewed is BeOS's descendant, Haiku. BeOS was once hailed as the next MacOS, as it is/was heavily multimedia friendly. However like SkyOS, BeOS is still in perpetual beta version even if a growing number of open source software is adapted to run on it.

Next is Syllable which is not for the faint hearted as its installation is MS-DOSesque, read text-based. Syllable suffers from the same problems as SkyOS and Haiku.

Finally, the last one on the list is Visopsys, which one might call, HobbyOS. According to Newsforge, Visopsys will be particularly useful when used as a hard disk partitioning and data management tool, as it comes with Partition Logic which competes with the likes of Partition Magic or Ghost.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.