EROS

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Web site: www.eros-os.org (not active)
Origin: USA
Category: Microkernel, Others
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86
Based on: KeyKOS
Wikipedia: EROS
Media: Install
The last version | Released: 1.1 | April 18, 2001

EROS (Extremely Reliable Operating System) – an operating system being implemented at the University of Pennsylvania, as a clean-room reconstruction of an earlier system, KeyKOS. The system merges some very old ideas in operating systems with some newer ideas about performance and resource management. The result is a small, secure, real-time operating system that provides orthogonal persistence.

EROS is a pure capability system. Authority in the system is conveyed exclusivly by secure capabilities, down to the granularity of individual pages.

The EROS kernel itself is implemented using multiple kernel-mode threads. This improves the performance of EROS drivers, makes them simpler to code, and greatly simplifies the design of the kernel. In addition, it enables selected kernel functionality to be preempted by higher priority user activities.

Because EROS processes are persistent, processes can hold authorities in their own right rather than inheriting them from the user. This enables a rich variety of options for security and access control that are impossible in systems lacking persistent processes.

EROS developed beginning in 1991 by The EROS Group, LLC., the Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Features include automatic data and process persistence, some preliminary real-time support, and capability-based security. EROS is purely a research operating system, and was never deployed in real world use. As of 2005, development has stopped in favor of two successor systems, CapROS and Coyotos.

The project founder is Jonathan Shapiro. He is also the driving force behind Coyotos, which is an “evolutionary step” beyond the EROS operating system.

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BSDBox

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Web site: bsdbox.sourceforge.net
Origin: China ?
Category: Firewall
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86
Based on: FreeBSD
Wikipedia:
Media: Live
The last version | Released: 6.0.2 | November 4, 2005

BSDBox – a basic FreeBSD box which can run on small flash rom and small memory.

It is a reduced version of FreeBSD, similar to PicoBSD but works well on flash cards (CompactFlash, USB, DOC/DOM chips).

Requirement for run time environment :
– an i386 computer, up to Pentium 4
– at lease 32M memory
– at lease 8M disk space (or a DiskOnChip 8M)

The project founder is Ru Feng.
It was under active development between 2001 and 2005.

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BSDBox 6.0.2 i386 34KB.tar.gz
md5sum: 95dd684f2e5343c346f2733e64c31dcf

 

Seminarix

Seminarix

Web site: www.seminarix.org (not active)
Origin: Germany ?
Category: Education
Desktop environment: KDE
Architecture: x86
Based on: Kubuntu, Sidux
Wikipedia:
Media: Live CD
The last version | Released: 2008-01 ? | 2008 ?

Seminarix – a live Linux distribution based on Kubuntu, and then on Sidux. Seminarix was developed in cooperation with Skolelinux and KDE-Edu and is designed to introduce teachers to free software. The live CD contains a collection of free software suitable for education and training.

The Seminarix Live-CD was supported by the companies such as: HP, Intel, G-N-U, Turck and organizations: “Stiftung Partner für Schule”, Medienberatung NRW and Studienseminar Neuss.

Sidux-Seminarix partners with Sidux and describes itself as an education project, which wants to design the teacher and students education with computer assistance cheaper, more effective and descriptive with the help of free Linux programs. For this purpose, the distribution was equipped with software from the fields of education and science a program starter. The program starter makes it easy for the Linux novice, whether teacher or student, to start the various education programs and other general purpose programs. In addition, with the program starter specially developed for sidux-seminarix, you can quickly and easily install various other educational programs. Important information about the programs and web links make it easier for the user to select the programs.

Like Sidux, the live system can be installed on a hard disk or a USB stick. All software can be updated easily and continuously. The manuals of Sidux and Seminarix are included on the CD and should help with problems. Users already using Sidux can use the Metapackage installer to upgrade their installation to Sidux-Seminarix. You can also find Seminarix under the heading »Education« and install it with a mouse click.

Seminarix aims to make teacher and student education less expensive, more effective and more viable with computer support using free open Linux programs. The project was first published in March 2007 by Wolf-Dieter Zimmermann. Initiated by sidux e.V., this edition was created in collaboration with W. D. Zimmermann and interested teachers and users.

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Seminarix 20061113 i386 694MB.iso
md5sum: 748ab8c222e73aab9e99276ea170b58e

 

SaxenOS

SaxenOS

Web site: saxenos.de (not active)
Origin: Germany
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: LXDE, Xfce
Architecture: x86
Based on: SLAX, PCLinuxOS
Wikipedia:
Media: Live
The last version | Released: 2009 beta 1 | January 4, 2009

SaxenOS – a Linux live distribution especially targeted to older hardware.

It offers complete office, multimedia and internet applications on one CD.
The hardware system requirements are quite low, such as Pentium 2 350 MHz CPU, 128 MB RAM and a 2 GB harddisk.

An older version of the distribution supported the i486 platform and used the LXDE desktop environment.
The distribution was a derivative of Zenwalk Linux, and thus Slackware.
Version 1.0 was launched on January 9, 2006.

SaxenOS 2008/2009 is based on PCLinuxOS, with RPM packages and Synaptic package manager as default. It features the full OpenOffice package, multimedia apps and games on the top of the XFCE desktop.

The project developer is Michael Stibane.

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AGNULA

AGNULA

Web site: www.agnula.info (not active)
Origin: Italy
Category: Multimedia
Desktop environment: KDE
Architecture: x86
Based on: Debian
Wikipedia (ES): AGNULA
Media: Live
The last version | Released: 1.3.0 rc1 | December 16, 2005

AGNULA (A GNU/Linux distribution for audio) – a project started by the European Commission, aimed at creating two Linux distributions that could be used to process music and sound: ReHMuDi (Red Hat Multimedia Distribution) and DeMuDi (Debian Multimedia Distribution). The project has developed as a multimedia harvester with many practical solutions that are not found even in commercial multimedia systems.

The project was coordinated by Centro Tempo Reale (Florence, Italy) and sees the participation of a range of actors from the research, university and business arenas.

The project was funded by the European Commission from April 1, 2002 to March 31, 2004. When the Commission stopped funding the project, volunteers continued work on DeMuDi, while work on the ReHMuDi branch was discontinued.

The purposes of AGNULA can be summarized as follows:
– support the development of GNU/Linux distributions completely dedicated to audio applications.
– provide coordinated access to the widest combination of Free audio software in a coherent environment. This will enhance state-of-the-art research and development in the audio field.
– provide a audio system based on Libre Software which will enhance customized usage (useful in cultural and artistic environments).
– help spreading sensibility on the topics of Libre Software (with specific attention paid to audio/video applications and content distribution).

The screenshot source is Wikimedia Commons; author: Sunflower85; License: GNU General Public License 2+

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CompactBSD

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Web site: compactbsd.sourceforge.net
Origin: ?
Category: Embedded
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86
Based on: OpenBSD
Wikipedia:
Media: Live
The last version | Released: 0.1.0 | August 22, 2002

CompactBSD – a set of tools that allow you to compress OpenBSD onto a small (32MB) compact flash card for use in small embedded servers. CompactBSD can be used to power wireless hot spots, which is what FatPort uses it for.

CompactBSD offers the easiest way to get OpenBSD up and running on Compact Flash-based systems such as the FatPointOEM. In order to use the ZComax 200mW PCMCIA wireless card in your FatPointOEM box, you will need to add a patch to the OpenBSD 3.1 kernel.

CompactBSD runs on an i386-class box running OpenBSD3.1, it also requires that Python 2.1.2 be installed.

The project developer is Ken Simpson.

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CompactBSD 0.1.0 i386 348KB.tgz
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MACH BOOT

Mach Boot

Web site: www.machboot.com
Origin: Japan
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: IceWM
Architecture: x86
Based on: Debian
Wikipedia:
Media: Live CD
The last version | Released: ? | 0.3.0.2007.09.11 ?

MACH BOOT (“Mach” as in “Supersonic Speed”) – a Linux distribution, based on Debian GNU/Linux, shipped with the Linux kernel 2.6.16, X.Org 7.0 and IceWM window manager.

MACH BOOT claims to be the fastest booting live Linux distro ever, it could boot in 5.68 seconds from power on to X server and a window manager.

The project founder is Jun Okajima.

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MACH BOOT 0.3.0.20070911 i386 246MB.iso
md5sum: 9bfd7a059d1395ffeabcec73535fa519

 

Satux

Satux

Web site: www.satux.org.br (not active)
Origin: Brazil
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: GNOME
Architecture: x86
Based on: Debian
Wikipedia:
Media: Live DVD
The last version | Released: 3.0 | March 21, 2011

Satux – a Brazilian Linux distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux operating system. It was primarily developed by the JRSC Institute of Technology (iTJRSC), a research and development institution based in Manaus and São Paulo.

Satux Linux’s philosophy is practicality to use, enhancing the user experience in interface and usability, approaching (or even surpassing) the simplicity of use of Microsoft Windows operating systems.

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Satux 1.5 i386 1.03GB.iso
md5sum: 6b37eb39137f5b059059de40149385de

 

WiBSD

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Web site: www.wibsd.cz (not active)
Origin: Czech Republic
Category: Embedded
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86
Based on: FreeBSD
Wikipedia:
Media: Live
The last version | Released: 1.0 | July 10, 2003

WiBSD – a compact FreeBSD distribution for flash card based wireless boxes.

The system is configured with only one place (/etc/rc.conf) and all other configuration files are dynamically created during system startup. Contains optional IPFW firewall that can be easily configured.

The project developers are: Jan Pechanec, David Pasek, Vaclav Petricek.

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WiBSD 1.0 i386 530KB.tgz
md5sum: 5a257556fc166d7a0fbd1e00bf4a917a

 

Lineox

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Web site: www.lineox.net
Origin: Finland
Category: Desktop, Server
Desktop environment: GNOME, KDE
Architecture: x86, x86_64
Based on: Red Hat
Wikipedia:
Media: Install
The last version | Released: 4.096 | August 13, 2006

Lineox (Always Current Lineox™ Enterprise Linux) – a series of versions of Lineox Enterprise Linux 4.0 which contain all the available bug and security fixes for Lineox Enterprise Linux 4.0 on the installation disks.

This saves both download and installation time. Always Current Lineox™ Enterprise Linux is available for download as four CD-ROM images and a DVD-ROM image. The high speed download quota for one disk type version costs 10 € and 15 € for both versions. Lineox expects to release a new version of Always Current Lineox™ Enterprise Linux once or twice a week.

Currently Always Current Lineox™ Enterprise Linux 4.x is available for x86 and x86_64 architectures, but we may add more architectures later.

The distribution was under active development between 2003 and 2006; closed down in 2009.

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