500 Distros at ArchiveOS

The ArchiveOS.org service is active almost 3 years, which archives and shares work of many developers of open source and/or freeware distributions/operating systems, to never forget about them.

We have already collected 500 different operating systems of Linux, BSD, Solaris, DOS and other, independent developed, and we will be added next ones as long as possible.

Most collected operating systems is not active, but there a few still active what make some guys surprised.

Why a few of active operating systems are listed at ArchiveOS?
1. They have been added due to didactic purpose
2. They have been added dut to developers request
3. They are back to life and there is on reason to remove

As always, all of them are shared for you for free, just explore, test them and have fun.

Don’t forget to send a small tip to keep the project alive 🙂

Thank all of you for the last 3 years.
Aneta & Paweł



Web site: www.zeta-os.com (not active)
Origin: Germany
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: Tracker
Architecture: x86
Based on: BeOS
Wikipedia: ZETA
Media: ?
The last version | Released: 1.5 | February 28, 2007

Zeta – a commercial operating system based on BeOS and developed by the yellowTAB company (later: magnussoft). Zeta is an attempt to update BeOS with support being added for new hardware, USB 2.0, VoIP, and other new support features.

Zeta Version 1.0 was released in summer 2005.

Zeta 1.2 was released in April 2006. New in this release is the enhanced support for SATA devices, new audio/video codecs (MP3, Ogg Vorbis, XviD), additional graphic and printer driver. The interface was redesigned, the in past release required activation was removed. The software publisher magnussoft takes over the YellowTab zeta operating system with May 2006 and provides the worldwide distribution and further development exclusively.

Zeta 1.21 live CD from 2006-09-25 is limited in the sense that no programs can be installed and no files can be stored.

In April 2007 the magnussoft company stopped the distribution of ZETA in reaction to allegations that ZETA constituted an illegal unlicensed derivative of the BeOS source code and binaries.

2003 Oct. – Zeta RC1
2004 Jan. – Zeta RC2
2004 June – Zeta RC3
2004 Oct. – Zeta Neo, SP1 at Dec. 2004
2005 June – Zeta 1.0
2006 April – Zeta 1.2
2006 Sept. – Zeta 1.21
2007 March – Zeta 1.5, Professional Upgrade for 1.21


No download is available.




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.




Web site: zevenos.com
Origin: Germany
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: Xfce
Architecture: x86
Based on: Xubuntu
Media: Live DVD
The last version | Released: 6 | January 1, 2015
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ZevenOS – an Ubuntu based Linux distribution with BeOS like user interface, and targeted to old computers.

ZevenOS includes a large set of popular open-source applications for different task and full support for popular multimedia formats. It also includes a home made tool for managing the system, called MAGI.
The system uses a customized Xfce desktop environment, which reminds the BeOS system’s desktop.

ZevenOS is available as a 32 bit iso image only.
The system developer is Leszek Lesner.


ZevenOS 6 i386 905MB.iso
md5sum: 3a4f4b5719b2bc4586cbf2898e4840cc




Web site: newos.org
Origin: USA
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86, Sega Dreamcast, PowerPC
Based on: Independent
Wikipedia (pl): NewOS
Media: Source code
The last version | Released: 20050620 | June 20, 2005

NewOS – an alternative, modular and open-source operating system, based on a micro kernel written by a former Be Inc. employee Travis Geiselbrecht. It is largely implemented in C/C++, with a small amount of assembly.

The system is mostly a kernel with a minimal amount of user space libraries and applications so it isn’t interesting from an end-user point of view – there is no gui, simple commands on a command line.

NewOS provides a flexible framework to build other systems out of, cross-platform portability, provides a clean implementation that can be used as a learning tool for others and gives an educational opportunity for developers.

Haiku OS (previously: OpenBeOS), which is still under active development is based on NewOS.

Michael Noisternig took over the NewOS source code, and has implemented new ideas creating a fork named NewOS-Notion.




Web site: www.blueeyedos.com
Origin: USA
Category: Desktop, Mini distribution
Desktop environment:
Architecture: x86
Based on: BeOS, Knoppix
Media: Live CD
The last version | Released: Live Demo | April 18, 2003
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BlueEyedOS – a BeOS-inspired operating system powered by a Linux kernel.

The BlueEyedOS APIs are BeOS APIs rewritten with some improvements. The main goal is to create a new platform for BeOS developers. All you need is to recompile your BeOS apps. Linux developers will be able to find here a complete set of functionalities developed for consistency.

BlueEyedOS founder and developer is Guillaume Maillard.
The project was active developing between 2001 and 2003.

The live demo of the system is built on the top of Knoppix 3.2.


BlueEyedOS Live Demo i386 106MB.iso
md5sum: ae520ed8d6dc46d60fbfc36db8f751a7