VSTa

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Web site: vsta.org
Origin:
Category: UNIX-like, Others
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: Intel 80386, Motorola 68030
Based on: Independent
Wikipedia: VSTa
Media: Install
The last version | Released: 1.6.8 | October 5, 2004

VSTa (Valencia Simple Tasker) – a copylefted operating system, originally written by Andrew Valencia, which uses ideas from several research operating systems in its implementation. It attempts to be POSIXish except where POSIX gets in the way, and runs on a number of different PC configurations. VSTa is also designed to take advantage of SMP right out of the box.

VSTa is an experimental kernel which attempts to blend the design of a microkernel with the system organization of Plan 9. The result is a small privileged kernel running user-mode tasks to provide system services such as device drivers, filesystems, and name registry. Like Plan 9, each service provides a filesystem-like interface.

While VSTa is not a real-time operating system in itself, numerous features associated with real-time systems offer themselves naturally to solve microkernel design issues. Process memory locking is necessary in order to allow a disk driver task to run as a user process (as otherwise, of course, you will deadlock when your disk driver tries to demand page in a piece of itself from swap.) Non-degrading priorities are necessary to permit critical system services to respond to many users without being penalized for their apparent heavy CPU use. Low-latency process dispatch is necessary to allow interrupt service code to run in a deterministic amount of time after a device event–especially important in the case of heavy data sources like dumb serial ports and LAN interfaces.

VSTa was designed with memory locking and real-time priorities. Except when a spinlock is held, a thread is preemptable even when running in kernel mode. Most spin-locks do not involve interrupt-driven code; for these, interrupts are still accepted and queued even while the spinlock is held–preemption to a real-time process is delayed until the spinlock is released.

VSTa Capabilities are the way by which VSTa defines it’s analagous to POSIX object security. It is a very general system, with a simple design, and high flexibility. A look at how the POSIX system maps into VSTa Capabilities will make it’s operational syntax clear.

The project developer is Andy Valencia.

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Cobin Desktop

Cobin Desktop

Web site: cobind.com (not active)
Origin: USA
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: GNOME, KDE, Xfce
Architecture: x86
Based on: Fedora
Wikipedia:
Media: Install CD
The last version | Released: 0.2 beta | June 23, 2004

Cobin Desktop – a Fedora based Linux distribution, which was developed by the USA company Cobind located in Pittsburgh. Cobind Desktop merges the reliability of Fedora Core Linux, the speed of a lightweight desktop environment, and the usability of a best-of-breed application suite into a basic, high-performance Linux platform designed with the average user in mind.

The distribution used the GNOME, KDE and Xfce desktop environments. The distribution supported the 32-bit x86 computer architecture.

The last version 0.2 beta was released on June 23, 2004.

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Co-Create Linux

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Web site: opendesktop.net (not active)
Origin: China
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: GNOME
Architecture: x86
Based on: Fedora
Wikipedia:
Media: Install CD
The last version | Released: 2005 | October 25, 2004

Co-Create Linux (previously: OpenDesktop) – a Fedora based Linux distribution. The distribution was developed by seven Chinese companies, as well as universities and research centers around China.

The distribution utilized the GNOME desktop environment and supported the 32-bit x86 computer architecture.

The first version 1.0 was released on January 9, 2004.

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Santa Fe Linux

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Web site: santafelinux.com (not active)
Origin: USA
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: GNOME
Architecture: x86
Based on: Debian
Wikipedia:
Media: Live CD
The last version | Released: 1.0 CTR3 | September 28, 2004

Santa Fe Linux – a Debian based live CD distribution which features hardware autodetection and configuration tools built out of the box. It even runs right off the CD so you can try it without installing.

Santa Fe Linux has such applications preinstalled::
– OpenOffice
– Scribus
– Firefox
– Ximian Evolution, Thunderbird
– Gaim
– CD Player/Ripper Grip
– CD Burning Eroaster
– gtkam
– GIMP
– GnuCash
– Blender
– Neverball
– Audacity
– Audio Player XMMS
– Video Editor KINO

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Freedows

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Web site: freedows.com.br (not active)
Origin: Brazil
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: Gnome
Architecture: x86
Based on: Fedora
Wikipedia:
Media: Install CD
The last version | Released: 1 | June 10, 2004

Freedows – the Freedows OS Project is creating an open source core Kernel architecture based on the Stanford Cache Kernel model, with the aim to create a stable platform for kernel-level multi-platform emulation.

It was launched during CIAB 2004, Congress and Exhibition of Information Technology of Financial Institutions, as an another Linux distribution with a Brazilian flavor, with the face of Windows XP and ready to run MS Office applications, through Wine Crossover.

Freedows was developed by the Freedows Consortium, created by Cobra Tecnologia S.A (part of the Banco do Brasil conglomerate) and the Brazilian Association of Free Software Companies (ABRASOL).

It is a distribution geared towards the corporate sector, especially the financial world, however it has several editions: Lite, Professional, SMB, Standard and Thin Client, and the Compact Edition.

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PilotLinux

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Web site: pilotlinux.nl (not active)
Origin: Netherlands
Category: Thin Client
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86
Based on: Knoppix
Wikipedia:
Media: Live CD
The last version | Released: 2.1 beta1 | August 5, 2004

PilotLinux – a thin client LiveCD Linux distribution, based on Knoxppix.

The LiveCD features a kit for working as a “thin” client. Supported protocols Microsoft Terminal Server, X-Protocol, VNC.

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Hancom Linux

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Web site: hancom.com
Origin: South Korea
Category: Desktop, Server
Desktop environment: KDE
Architecture: x86
Based on: Fedora
Wikipedia:
Media: Install
The last version | Released: 4.0 | October 12, 2004

Hancom Linux – a Linux distribution from South Korea that was based on Fedora. It was developed by the company Hancom Linux, which was headquartered in Seoul.

The distribution used the KDE desktop environment and supported the 32-bit x86 computer architecture.

Version 1.0. was launched in 2000.
The latest version was 4.0 and was launched on October 12, 2004.

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Zopix

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Web site: zopix.org (not active)
Origin: Zopix
Category: Specialist
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86
Based on: Knoppix
Wikipedia:
Media: Live
The last version | Released: 0.5 (?) | February 2004

Zopix – ​​a Linux distribution, a remaster of Knoppix 3.3. It is a demo CD centered around the Zope application server. A selection of Zope products is presented, including Plone, CPS, Zwook, Zwiki, Fcforum.

Zopix has been designed to easily create a live CD with your own personalized Zope content. Changes compared to Knoppix 3.3: Open Office has been removed for reasons of space. When starting two Zope instances launch automatically: one for CPS, and one for the rest (this because CPS uses modified versions of Zope libraries).

Evolutions planned for the next versions:
– Study of different live-distro: Knoppix is ​​a good base but starting from a Knoppix-MIB or a Dynebolic or other remains under study.
– Zope product watch: study existing Zope products in order to integrate the best in Zopix.
– Possibly make a program with GUI to create your personalized Zope demo without using a command line

Zope products installed:
– Zope 2.6.2
– Plone 1.0.5
– CPS 2.1
– Zwook 0.99.4
– CMF Bibliography 0.2
– CMFForum 1.0
– CMF Photo 0.3
– COREBlog 0.52b
– Epoz 0.6.0
– External Editor 0.7.1
– fcForum 2.0.6
– Localizer 1.0.1
– Photo 1.2.3
– PloneChat 0.4
– PlonePopoll-1.0
– CookieCrumbler-1.1
– Squishdot 1.5.0
– ZopeZen 0.5
– ZWiki 0.24

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Slo-Tech

Slo-Tech

Web site: slo-tech.com
Origin: Slovenia
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: Blackbox, GNOME, KDE, WindowMaker
Architecture: x86
Based on: Morphix
Wikipedia:
Media: Live CD
The last version | Released: 2.1 | October 28, 2004

Slo-Tech Linux – a Slovenian, live Linux distribution based on Morphix, which is based on Debian.

The latest version of Slo-Tech Linux 2.1 was released in 2004 and was offered in two separated versions: with Linux kernel 2.4 and 2.6.

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Soyombo

Soyombo

Web site: sourceforge.net/projects/openmn/
Origin: Mongolia
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: GNOME
Architecture: x86
Based on: Morphix
Wikipedia:
Media: Live CD
The last version | Released: ? | January 2, 2004

Soyombo – a Mongolian live Linux distribution based on Morphix with GNOME desktop environment 2.4 as default.

Soyombo was developed by OpenMN, a Mongolian Open Source Developers Community. The main purpose of developing a Complete Mongolian Linux System was support of classical Mongolian (Traditional) Script named Uigarjin which is maybe only script top down and left right in the world.

Soyombo is the first release name of Mongolian (cyrillic) Linux distro.

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