ARX

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Web site: (not active)
Origin: United Kingdom
Category: Workstation
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: ARM
Based on: UNIX-like
Wikipedia: ARX_(operating_system)
Media: Install
The last version | Released: unreleased

ARX – a Mach-like operating system written in Modula-2+[3] developed by Acorn Computers Ltd. ARX is a comprehensive OS going beyond UNIX but backwards compatible is expected to be provided with a layer on top. Lightweight processes, share a common address space, amounts to little more than multiple program pointers with no mutual protection. Obviously this means that switching between such processes (called threads) is extremely fast.

ARX it has written in Modula 2 and is reputed to UNIX like. An interesting point for RISC haters is that the code compiled for the Archimedes is less than twice the size of the same code compiled for the 32016, which is very definately a CISC (Complex Instruction Set .. Computer).

Apparantly Acorn are not releasing details of the ARX operating system because they do not want to “confuse the market”. Even software houses, as a whole, have not been told about ARX. Whilst this may be just because ARX isn’t ready for release yet my paranoid brain worries about it’s price.

It was not finished in time to be used in the Acorn Archimedes range of computers, which shipped in 1987 with an operating system named Arthur, later renamed RISC OS.

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Genera

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Web site: symbolics-dks.com
Origin: USA
Category: Workstation
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: arm64, DEC Alpha, Apple M1,x86_64
Based on: Independent
Wikipedia: Genera_(operating_system)
Media: Install
The last version | Released: 2.0 Portable | 2021

Genera – a proprietary, commercial operating system and integrated development environment for Lisp machines created in 1982 by Symbolics. It is a fork of an operating system created on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) AI Lab’s Lisp machines which Symbolics had used in common with Lisp Machines, Inc. (LMI), and Texas Instruments (TI).

Symbolics is currently a privately held company which acquired the assets and intellectual property of the old public company called Symbolics, Inc. The old Symbolics was the premier producer of special-purpose computer systems for running and developing state-of-the-art object-oriented programs in Lisp. It designed and built workstations as well as writing a fully object-oriented operating system and development environment called “Genera” to run on those workstations. Symbolics also created a number of software tools to work with Genera. The new Symbolics continues to sell and maintain these products, along with Open Genera which runs on Alpha processor based workstations running Tru64 Unix. If you would like to know why you should be interested in developing your application in Genera, click here to see 25 reasons. Symbolics also distributes the Macsyma and PDEase software products for Windows PCs.

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Genera Core-i5 649KB
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Genera Core-i7 485KB
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Genera 8.5 Xlib Patched amd64 53MB.vlod
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JX

JX

Web site: www4.cs.fau.de/Projects/JX/index.html
Origin: Germany
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: GUI
Architecture: x86
Based on: unknown
Wikipedia: JX_(operating_system)
Media: Install
The last version | Released: 0.1.1 | October 10, 2007

JX – a Java operating system that focuses on a flexible and robust operating system architecture.

The JX system architecture consists of a set of Java components executing on the JX core that is responsible for system initialization, CPU context switching and low-level domain management. The Java code is organized in components which are loaded into domains, verified, and translated to native code.

Main-stream operating systems and traditional microkernels base their protection mechanisms on MMU-provided address space separation. Protection in JX is solely based on the type safety of the intermediate code, the Java bytecode.

The system runs either on off-the-shelf PC hardware (i486, Pentium, and embedded PCs, such as the DIMM-PC) or as a guest system on Linux. Many of the JX Java components, for example the file system, also run on an unmodified JVM. When running on the bare hardware, the system can access IDE disks , 3COM 3C905 NICs, and Matrox G200 video cards. The network code contains IP, TCP, UDP, NFS2 client and server, SUN RPC. Applications that run on top of JX include an Ext2 file system, a window manager, and a database system.

The JX system is developed as an open source system by the University of Erlangen (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, FAU), a public research university in the cities of Erlangen and Nuremberg in Bavaria, Germany.

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JX 0.1.1 source 2.8MB.tgz
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JX 0.1.1 demo 1.4MB.floppy
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Media Lab Linux

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Web site: mlb.co.jp
Origin: Japan
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: GNOME, KDE
Architecture: x86
Based on: Red Hat
Wikipedia:
Media: Install CD
The last version | Released: 7 | September 5, 2003

Media Lab Linux – a Red Hat Linux distribution with support for Japanese users.

It offers customized many Linux systems for your application. The developer helped you develop your own Linux system, such as:
– File system protection, faster boot, and encryption.
– Customization for embedding
– Protect the file system from power outages and power outages due to erroneous operation
– Fast boot
– Encrypting file system
– Custom for scientific computing
– Cluster for parallel computing
– Duplex system for fault tolerant
– Driver porting
– Various customizations can be considered to build the optimum Linux system for the customer’s application.

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RasPlex

RasPlex

Web site: rasplex.com
Origin: USA
Category: Multimedia
Desktop environment: Kodi
Architecture: ARMHF
Based on: OpenELEC
Wikipedia:
Media: Install
The last version | Released: 1.8.0-b | October 1, 2021

RasPlex – a community driven port of Plex Home Theater for the Raspberry Pi. RasPlex lets you turn your TV into a Smart TV. Similar to the AppleTV, but completely free and open source, RasPlex is basically a set-top box that lets you play content from your computer or smartphone to your TV.

Goals:
– The perfect client companion to the Plex Media Server, the Raspberry Pi mini computer becomes the perfect appliance for viewing your media on every TV in your home.
– At about half the price of an AppleTV, RasPlex can easily be on every TV in your home. RasPlex runs on the worlds most affordable computer, the Raspberry Pi
– Created from Plex Home Theater and LibreELEC Linux, with automatic updates pushed out as they become available.

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RasPlex 1.8.0-b RPi2 ARMHF 143MB.img.gz
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RasPlex 1.8.0-b RPi3Plus ARMHF 146MB.img.gz
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Amahi

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Web site: amahi.org
Origin: world
Category: Server
Desktop environment: CLI, Web based
Architecture: x86_64
Based on: Fedora
Wikipedia:
Media: Install DVD
The last version | Released: 11 | 2018

Amahi – a Fedora based Linux distribution offered as a home server which features software that runs on a dedicated PC as a central computer for your home. It handles your entertainment, storage, and computing needs. You can store, organize and deliver your recorded TV shows, videos and music to media devices in your network. Share them locally or safely around the world. And it’s expandable with a multitude of one-click install apps.

The Amahi Home Server makes your home networking simple. We like to call the Amahi servers HDAs, for “Home Digital Assistants.” Each HDA delivers all the functionality you would want in a home server, while being as easy to use as a web browser.

Amahi is running in over 35 countries and available in over 20 languages. With one of the largest media app and webapp store, tons of apps can extend your Amahi server to do anything you can imagine.

The Amahi Home Server is designed for home and small office environments where the ‘technical support’ staff do not want the job. The Amahi server is open source and GNU/Linux-based, which means it’s rock-solid reliable and virus-free.

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Thisk

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Web site: thisk.org (not active)
Origin: Thailand
Category: Server, PBX
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86_64
Based on: Debian
Wikipedia:
Media: Install CD
The last version | Released: 4.1.4 | December 26, 2006

Thisk Server – a Debian-based installation CD designed for IPPBX environments, based on Debian 4.0 (Etch) and Asterisk 1.4.

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FedBerry

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Web site: fedberry.org
Origin: unknown
Category: desktop
Desktop environment: Xfce
Architecture: ARM
Based on: Fedora
Wikipedia:
Media: Install
The last version | Released: 29.1 | November 30, 2018

FedBerry – a Fedora Remix specifically built for use with Raspberry Pi® 2/3 Model B computers.

FedBerry allows people to easily install and use Fedora on the RPi2/3. FedBerry was created when Fedora did not previously support the Raspberry Pi 2/3 Model B (RPi2/3).

FedBerry is an optimised Fedora remix which fully supports all RPi2/3 hardware.

The major differences between Fedora arm releases as compared to Fedberry releases are:
• The use of our own custom kernels (using the Raspberry Pi foundation’s bcm2709 kernel port).
• The use of Raspberry Pi foundation’s own bootloader (ie. we don’t use uboot).
• The use of swap files in lieu of swap partitions.
• tmpfs is enabled but size limited to 100M.
• The root partition is automatically expanded on first boot.
• Various RPi specific applications / software are included by default.
• To facilitate optional headless booting, a default root password is set in the ‘minimal’ release.

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FedBerry 29.1 Xfce ARMFM 876MB.raw.xz
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VINO

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Web site: eecs.harvard.edu/~syrah/
Origin: USA
Category: workstation
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: unknown
Based on: NetBSD
Wikipedia: VINO
Media: Install
The last version | Released: 0.50 | December 1998

VINO – an extensible operating system. This means that application software, running with the privileges of an ordinary user, can provide extensions to operating system (specifically, operating system kernel) functionality. More importantly, this can be done both safely and reasonably securely, and also efficiently; efficiently enough to make it worthwhile.

VINO is also a Unix-like operating system. It includes an almost complete set of Unix user-mode tools and will compile and run much standard Unix software unmodified. It also offers some extended functionality beyond what is traditionally available under Unix.

VINO is largely derived from NetBSD. The core of the kernel and some of the highly kernel-dependent user tools are VINO code, written mostly from scratch. The “uninteresting” parts, from a researcher’s point of view, including most of the user-level tools and device drivers, were assimilated from NetBSD to avoid having to write them ourselves.

VINO does not support multiprocessor systems; however, for reasons connected to the extensibility research, it features a fully preemptible kernel with fine-grained locking. This requirement was the fundamental reason we wrote a whole operating system: at the time, none of the freely available operating systems offered fine-grained locking.

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Asianux

Asianux

Web site: asianux.com (not active)
Origin: China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka
Category: Server
Desktop environment: GNOME, KDE
Architecture: x86_64
Based on: Red Hat
Wikipedia: Asianux
Media: Install CD
The last version | Released: 7 SP3 | March 6, 2019

Asianux – a Linux distribution based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It was based on the Asian market and was available in Chinese, Korean, Japanese and English.

The distribution has been developed in collaboration between Red Flag Software in China, Miracle Linux in Japan (where 50.5% is owned by Oracle Corporation), Hankom in South Korea, VietSoftware in Vietnam (since September 2007), WTEC from Thailand (since December 2008) and Enterprise Technology (Pvt) Limited from Sri Lanka (since July 2010).

It is distributed and marketed by Red Flag Software and Miracle.

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