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 PostPost subject: The strangest OS you have ever used...        Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:59 am 
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Whats the strangest OS you have ever used?

Plan9 for me... i cant fully understand it. Im installing it one more time atm... On VirtualPC. It installs about 1 hour and its just 15%... :shock:


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For a 1.5 GB install, itdoesn't really have much in it.

I'm convinced that for the normal user, the functionality of WinXP could be installed in 10% of the space. AND be more secure.

What this then would include, is:
TCP/IP
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If we compare to my fave OS, the AmigaOS (v 3.9 for example), WinXP in and by itself doesn't DO anymore than AmigaOS, and it's still installed in like 30 times the space.

AmigaOS3.9 comes complete with TCP/IP connectivity, web-browser, and a horde of other utilities you'll never use.... and it's WAY simpler to interact with (IMO) than WinXP.


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Plan9 was a testbed for all sort of "experiments". It is doomed to be a bit goofy


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:44 am 
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RentedMule wrote:
Plan9 was a testbed for all sort of "experiments". It is doomed to be a bit goofy

It was, actually, meant to be the UNIX heir, implementing the UNIX philosophy (i.e. everything as a file even if it's not a file) to a much greater extent. This has made Plan 9 much easier to develop for (e.g. instead of 5 C lines to open a TCP socket, just open() "/net/tcp/www.betaarchive.co.uk/80"), but much harder to port existing applications to (which is the main reason there is no complete web browser for Plan 9).


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OpenStep, very strange in my opinion.


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OpenStep, very strange in my opinion.

OPENSTEP was kind of weird, but if you are familiar with Unix and Mac OS X it shouldn't be too far off (I consider it brilliant, but that's a topic for another thread).

I once had a Unix for Gameboy in a ROM, that was pretty out there, though the only really weird part was running on a Gameboy.


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Unix on a GameBoy? what will they think of next.


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probably not considered unusual to you folks,
but SkyOS beta 5 on a friends computer was generally a strange experience as i've been a windows user now for as long as i can remember and have only ever strayed into linux territory a few times.
just things that you'd expect to be in a unified menu you would need to right click on the desktop for it.


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that Sky OS thing looks cool. I think Ill give it a try.


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NextStep, but only bcuz i had never used it before. I love it now, but when i first used it i thought it was really weird


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The strangest one i have used would have to be either Rhapsody DR2 or OS/2.


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Well it would either be Windows CE (because of the shared source = lots of confusion & I stil; don't understand how the damn thing works)

Personally I liked Plan 9 a lot and I would probably be using it as my main OS if it could get my nVidia 7300 working on it... (pm me Plan 9 fans...)

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Plan 9 would have to take the cake, but I would say that Minix is not far behind, wow.

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Longhorn 4074. It`s so cool, but it`s fully unforeseeable. With every new install it works variously. It has a lot of surprises - stable work at one day, bsods at another. It`s really crazy system. And a love it.


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do you run 4074 natively?


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Plan9 and Hurd.
I still don't understand how to do something with Plan 9.
I can use Hurd but only with the man page ....


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Add me to the list of the "Plan 9 looks weird" people. I'd be scared to see what the first 8 looked like :lol:


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windows server 2003 home edition:

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windows server 2003 home edition:

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I think we were mainly talking about original versions, not some experiments with TweakNT. If these count, then I could also count Whistler Server 5.1.2600 to one of the strangest OSes I've encountered.


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I don't find the whole OS wierd, just this particular feature.
Longhorn Build 4008 and it's memory leak.
Who else can think of a memory leak that can be completely cured by opening a window and minimizing it :lol:

Strange...

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TheWahbinator wrote:
Add me to the list of the "Plan 9 looks weird" people. I'd be scared to see what the first 8 looked like :lol:

The first 8 were UNIX.

As a UNIX developer, Plan 9, to me, is the prettiest OS in existence. Everything uses the same interface, from the old, local parallel printer to the Firewire camcorder connected to a computer on the other side of the planet.


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