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Xenix: The Microsoft Unix That Once Was

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unixmen.com: One would not normally associate Microsoft with Unix. While Microsoft’s interest(s) in Unix may remain minimal in recent times, history tells a very different story.

BeOS-inspired operating system Haiku hits new milestone

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computerworld.com.au: Haiku, an open source project inspired by BeOS, has hit a new milestone, with developers releasing Alpha 4 of the operating system.

A Linux user switches to DOS, Part Two

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networkworld.com: Last week I set a goal for myself: To live entirely in DOS for one week, in order to demonstrate how “old” technology is just as viable and usable as modern tech. Also it sounded like fun. And fun it was.

Is Aliyun OS really Linux? Android? A rip-off of both?

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zdnet.com: What is Aliyun OS? A Linux fork? An Android fork? An Android rip-off? It appears to be an illegal Linux/Android fork offering pirated Android programs.

GNOME OS is on the way - but mainly for testing and development

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zdnet.com: The GNOME project, which is facing heavy criticism over usability issues, is to build a touch-capable 'GNOME OS' as a way of improving the overall experience for users and developers

After Oracle, OpenSolaris rises again

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infoworld.com: Oracle tried to kill it, but the former Sun project has emerged from the ashes, nurtured by a crowd of innovative startups

Our dream OS: the best of Windows, OS X, Linux, Android and iOS

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techradar.com: Which operating system is the best? It's a classic question, and one still capable of generating pages of highly polarised online debate.

Remembering OS/2 While Waiting for Windows 8

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pcmag.com: Like enterprise Linux, OS/2 - which celebrated its 25th birthday this week - is one of those operating systems that had "wide adoption," but not outside the realm of IT.

Why have just one operating system

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stuff.co.nz: I'm currently running three different operating systems on my desktop PC. There's my habitual Kubuntu Linux, a version of Android (more common on phones), and Windows. They're running simultaneously and I can select any one with a mouse click.

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