BluePoint

BluePoint Linux

Web site: bluepoint.com.cn (not active)
Origin: China
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: IceWM, KDE, WindowMaker
Architecture: x86
Based on: Red Hat
Wikipedia:
Media: Install
The last version | Released: 2.0 | July 20, 2000

BluePoint Linux – a Chinese Linux distribution based on Red Hat Linux. The distribution was developed by BluePoint, China’s leading software company for Linux. It was founded in Shenzhen in December 1999 and was formerly called the Shenzhen Sinx. The company was a spin-off of the core-hacker group SoftwareOPENUNIX NETWORK STUDIO, Co. Ltd., which included some of the leading experts on UNIX/Linux in China.

The distribution used the KDE desktop environment in addition to the IceWM and WMaker window manager. The distribution had 32-bit x86 as a platform.

The first version was released on December 10, 1999.
The latest version was version 2.0 which was released on July 20, 2000.

Download

BluePoint 2.0 i386 667MB.iso
md5sum: 80d63cc4d501a4512dd3ab0d39bea5bd

 

ExOS

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Web site: pdos.csail.mit.edu/archive/exo/
Origin: USA
Category: Server
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86
Based on: Independent
Wikipedia: Exokernel
Media: Install
The last version | Released: 06.22.2000 | June 22, 2000

ExOS – an operating system kernel developed by the MIT Parallel and Distributed Operating Systems group, and also a class of similar operating systems.

An exokernel eliminates the notion that an operating system should provide abstractions on which applications are built. Instead, it concentrates solely on securely multiplexing the raw hardware: from basic hardware primitives, application-level libraries and servers can directly implement traditional operating system abstractions, specialized for appropriateness and speed.

The newest exokernel is XOK, which runs on PC hardware, and ExOS, our first library operating system (libos). The ExOS library provides a user-level and extensible implementation of an UNIX operating system. Most UNIX applications like gcc, perl, apache, tcsh, and telnet compile and work without changes using ExOS. Further, measurements of application performance show that ExOS performs at least as well as OpenBSD and FreeBSD and much better when using specialized libos’s. For example, the Cheetah web server built on top of XOK performs eight times faster than NCSA or Harvest and three to four times faster than IIS running on Windows NT Enterprise Edition.

The current exopc distribution contains the entire source tree for the XOK kernel, ExOS library operating system, and assorted user-level programs and tools for building the system. OpenBSD or Linux with libc6 is required to build the system and only certain disk and ethernet controllers are supported. It was written by a variety of people over the past four years under DARPA sponsorship. Currently, the system is still under active development by PDOS at MIT, Greg Ganger’s group at CMU, and Exotec.

Exopc is stable enough to do libos and application development but there are still many bugs and features that have not yet been implemented. Do not expect to compile everything and replace your current system with XOK/ExOS. However, things are progressing rapidly and hopefully with making the sources public the ‘net world at large can help speed development. Any additions or bug fixes are greatly welcomed and will be considered for incorporation into the main source tree.

Copyright (C) 1997 Massachusetts Institute of Technology; some code in this distribution is covered by the GNU General Public License; some files include the following copyright: Copyright (C) 1998 Exotec, Inc. (free).

Primary authors (alphabetical order):
– Hector Briceno
– Dawson Engler
– Greg Ganger
– Rusty Hunt
– John Jannotti
– Frans Kaashoek
– David Mazieres
– Tom Pinckney

Other authors (alphabetical order):
– Josh Cates
– George Candea
– Robert Grimm
– Eric Nygren
– Costa Sapuntzakis
– Yonah Schneidler
– Josh Stults
– Debby Wallach
– Doug Wyatt

Download

exopc 06.22.2000 source 53MB.tar.gz
md5sum: d1c2d45ec4204e61f84b0c8fe783f134

 

Corel Linux OS

Corel Linux

Web site: linux.corel.com (not active)
Origin: Canada
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: KDE
Architecture: x86
Based on: Debian
Wikipedia: Corel Linux
Media: Install CD
The last version | Released: 1.2 | July 14, 2000

Corel (Corel Linux OS) – a Debian-based Linux distribution released at the end of 1999. Corel made significant customizations to file management in its distribution, which caused it to be incompatible with other Linux systems. Corel Linux was very unsuccessful, and in 2001 the project was discontinued.

Corel officially launched the Corel Linux operating system in 1999 and the system are offered in 3 versions:
– free – available for download from the Corel website (corel.com)
– Standard – USD 59.95
– Deluxe – USD 89.95

The Corel Linux OS free version consists the Linux kernel version 2.2, the Enhanced KDE Desktop interface built using the Qt library, Corel Install Express programs, Corel Update (formerly Corel Package Manager), Corel File Manager and Netscape Communicator.

Standard version of Corel Linux is also equipped with Adobe Acrobat Reader, Instant Messenger (ICQ compliant client), 20 Bitstream and Type 1 fonts, Corel WordPerfect 8 for Linux (basic version) and source code and user’s guide.

The Corel Linux operating system Deluxe has been supplemented with all elements of the Standard version and the BRU Backup software (personal version), a set of cliparts for Corel WordPerfect 8 and a game Civilization: Call to Power.

Corel Linux OS featured a SmartMove application which lete users to:
– Migrate Microsoft Windows settings to Corel Linux.
– Automate restoring settings that are changed by SmartMove.
– Provide an easy way to access network folders through Corel Linux.

Download

Corel Linux 1.0 i386 602MB.iso
md5sum: 764c278b29253ea190446e86fa535185

 

BeOS

BeOS

Web site: www.be.com (not active)
Origin: USA
Category: Multimedia
Desktop environment: Tracker
Architecture: x86
Based on: Independent
Wikipedia: BeOS
Media: Install
The last version | Released: 5.0.3 | August 9, 2000

BeOS – an operating system for personal computers first developed by Be Inc. in 1991. Be was founded by former Apple Computer executive Jean-Louis Gassée for its own type of computer, the BeBox.

Originally BeOS was designed for a custom computer system known as the BeBox that had special multimedia input/output features, and was later ported to the Macintosh, and finally ported to the PC.

BeOS was written from scratch and does not contain obsolete operating system design concepts. Designed as a single user operating system BeOS unfolds his optimal efficiency on multi-processor systems with several parallel running programs through it modern multi-thread based structure. BeOS basically does not run other applications that are not developed for this operating system. This operating system is only available in English, French and Japanese languages.

This version of BeOS is the Personal Edition, which can be downloaded freely from the Internet and installed under Windows. Under Windows 95 and Windows 98 you can just double click an icon to exit Windows and start this version of BeOS. On ME or NT 4 or later you can use a boot floppy to start the installed BeOS.

In 2001 Be’s copyrights were sold to Palm, Inc. BeOS R5 is considered the last official version, but BeOS R5.1 “Dano”, which was under development before Be’s sale to Palm and included the BeOS Networking Environment (BONE) networking stack, was leaked to the public shortly after the company’s demise … In September 2005, ACCESS CO Ltd. acquired PalmSource, the owner of the Palm OS and BeOS.

OpenBeOS (OBOS) has been founded in 2001 as the official successor of BeOS as open source project. Since 2004, the operating system is continued under the name Haiku.

Be Inc. released some components of BeOS under a free licence, so there are a few BeOS clones available, such as: Zeta (commercial distribution), BlueEyedOS, eB-OS (Extender Beos Operating System), Cosmoe.

 

Floppix

Floppix

Web site: http://floppix.com
Origin: Unknown
Category: Mini distribution
Desktop environment: Text based
Architecture: x86
Based on: Debian
Wikipedia:
Media: Live Floppy Image
The last version | Released: 2.1r6 | April 12, 2000

Floppix – a very small subset of Debian/GNU Linux that fits on two 3.5″ 1.4Mb diskettes.
Floppix was designed as a teaching tool, works entirely in a temporary RAM disk, and has no hard drive access.

It provides a platform to practice Linux commands and experiment with simple system administration. The most important tools of the system are: vi, sed, gzip, tar, telnet, ftp, mail, ssmtp, fetchmail, links, ssh, traceroute.

System Requirements: a machine with i486 CPU, a 3.5″ floppy drive, and 16MB RAM.

To create Floppix diskettes under MS Windows run floppix.exe to unpack the installation files, and then run install.bat.

To create Floppix under a Linux distribution untar the ‘tar.gz’ archive and copy the images onto diskettes:
tar -xvzf floppix.tar.gz
cd floppix
dd if=disk1.img of=/dev/fd0 bs=1k
dd if=disk2.img of=/dev/fd0 bs=1k

The last version of Floppix is derived from Debian 2.1 “Slink”.
The founder of Floppix is L.M.MacEwan.

Download

Floppix 2.1r6 Floppy Image i386 2.88MB.tar.gz
md5sum: 4e696f1beb21255b2fd55ce34ee658f6
Floppix 2.1.r6 Floppy Installer (MS Windows) 2.88MB.exe
md5sum: 99c73ecad8c0580a67c4612f5c23a481