Last Updated on: 20th May 2023, 03:50 pm

Web site: v2.nl/archive/works/v2_os
Origin: Netherlands
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: GUI
Architecture: x86
Based on: Independent
Media: Live
The last version | Released: 0.7 | April 3, 2002

V2_OS – an open source operating system, created by V2_Lab, International Lab for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Since V2_Lab released the source code to the kernel and modules, a lot of developers from all over the world are working with it, and help to make V2_OS grow.

V2_OS is the fastest operating system available for the 386+ PC. Everything in this system is focused on speed: the architecture, the file system, its avoidance of virtualization and of course, the choice of development language: V2_OS is written in 100% pure 32 bit assembler.

When you boot V2_OS from a floppy, it does not touch your harddisks. Only if you run the Format or the Syscopy command, you ask V2_OS to copy itself to the harddisks. Only do this when you know what your doing. Even then we suggest you test this on an empty harddisk or with a disk without any important data.

The native filesystem of V2_OS is V2_FS. It is a very fast filesystem since it does not suffer from things like defragmentation or slack.

To make a V2_OS boot floppy from DOS, you need: boot.v2s; system16.v2s; system32.v2s and writeos.exe. Just put these files in a directory; place an empty 1.44meg floppy in a: and run writeos.exe.

The project been under development between 1999 and 2002.
V2_OS has been created by Joost Faassen and was maintained by himself and other contributors.

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