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What other OS should I try out?

Posted 03 March 2011 - 03:45 AM

Hey there,

I'm looking into trying out another OS since I've gotten so use to Windows now that it's just plain boring. And knowing more than one OS could count for something in the industry, I thought I'd try out something diffirent.

I've noticed though that lots of other people prefer Linix, why is this(if you a Linux user)? What makes Linux "better" to some people? Other than that, what other Operating Systems are out there that's worth checking out and why?

Oh, and where do I download what ever OS you're recomending...

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Re: What other OS should I try out?

Posted 03 March 2011 - 03:50 AM

I run Windows 7 & JoliCloudOS 1.1 in dual boot config. JoliCloud is a 'cloud' based OS, so it boots fast, and works faster. It's my go-to system when I'm just after facebook/this/email and nothing else.

Download it here, fool!
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Re: What other OS should I try out?

Posted 03 March 2011 - 03:56 AM

View Postpryogene, on 03 March 2011 - 03:50 AM, said:

I run Windows 7 & JoliCloudOS 1.1 in dual boot config. JoliCloud is a 'cloud' based OS, so it boots fast, and works faster. It's my go-to system when I'm just after facebook/this/email and nothing else.

Download it here, fool!


OoOoOoh nice.. I'll have a look at it. When one doesn't have an internet connection JoliCloud would probably be pretty useless hey?
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Re: What other OS should I try out?

Posted 03 March 2011 - 04:11 AM

If you are keen on using i would suggest you to use fedora 14. You may or may not use with windows 7 in dual-booting. Its a very powerful OS. It requires at least 1 gb ram & core 2 duo to work without any complains. You can get that from their official site. It actually got it bundled in last year's December issue of a magazine called "linux for you".
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Re: What other OS should I try out?

Posted 03 March 2011 - 04:53 AM

A couple of things to try, to save having to do any disk partitioning or rebooting.

VmWare Player
https://www.vmware.c...ayer&lp=default
then download many pre-configured OS appliances to try out things.
http://www.vmware.com/appliances/

VirtualBox
http://www.virtualbox.org/
Simply download ISO boot images of your choice.
You create a virtual machine with some memory, disk space etc, then map your ISO to the virtual 'boot' CD in VirtualBox and switch it 'on'. From there, it 'installs' the OS on the virtual hard disk. It looks just like it would installing it native, except it's inside a window on your host OS :smile2:

Although virtualisation takes a bit of a hit compared to running the same OS native, you're not likely to notice unless you're doing something intensive like playing games.

Plus, you get to run both in parallel, so you can do nice things like copying files between the two running OS's, and copy/paste text etc.
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Re: What other OS should I try out?

Posted 03 March 2011 - 05:47 AM

Holy fishpaste! Screw this, I'm getting Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat).
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Re: What other OS should I try out?

Posted 03 March 2011 - 07:38 AM

The thing about Linux is that, even as good as it is now, it still requires competence and research to accomplish some tasks because, while a lot just works, plenty still does not. It's part of the trade off for total control. Other than windows and osx you pretty much just have your linuxes and bsds. You can try a lot of them out with live cds and such before you commit. That is what I would recommend.
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Re: What other OS should I try out?

Posted 03 March 2011 - 09:46 AM

View PostDean_Grobler, on 03 March 2011 - 03:56 AM, said:

View Postpryogene, on 03 March 2011 - 03:50 AM, said:

I run Windows 7 & JoliCloudOS 1.1 in dual boot config. JoliCloud is a 'cloud' based OS, so it boots fast, and works faster. It's my go-to system when I'm just after facebook/this/email and nothing else.

Download it here, fool!


OoOoOoh nice.. I'll have a look at it. When one doesn't have an internet connection JoliCloud would probably be pretty useless hey?


Like I say, when I just need facebook/dic/en/email etc - I'd usually have an internet connection ;)
I'd also recommend Ubuntu, as that's commonly used in businesses that use Linux (among others).
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Re: What other OS should I try out?

Posted 03 March 2011 - 10:09 AM

Actor Jason Spisak was part of a design for a linux system called 'symphony os'. The site's down but the distro is available via a nice search... not to mention awesome screen shots.

http://www.google.co...en&q=symphonyos

FYI some of Spisak's voice roles:

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# Young Justice - Kid Flash
Video game roles

* Dead Rising (2006) - Jack Hall/Additional Voices
* Dissidia: Final Fantasy - Bartz Klauser
* Mega Man Star Force 3 (2009) - Geo Stelar/Mega Man
* Rogue Galaxy (2007) - Seed
* SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs (2003) - JESTER
* SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy SEALs (2005) - JESTER
* SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs: Combined Assault (2006) - JESTER
* SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation (2008) - U.S. Navy SEAL 1
* Valkyria Chronicles II (2010) - Avan Hardins
* Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Böse (2004) - Wilhelm/Hammer/Richard
* Xenosaga Episode III: Also sprach Zarathustra (2006) - Wilhelm/Hammer/Richard
* Zatch Bell! Mamodo Battles (2005) - Kiyo Takamine, Mohawk Ace
* Zatch Bell! Mamodo Fury (2006) - Kiyo Takamine, Mohawk Ace
* Mafia II - Marty (2010)
* Fallout: New Vegas (2010) - Vulpes Inculta

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Re: What other OS should I try out?

Posted 03 March 2011 - 10:17 AM

There are OSes, just not as well know. Some are just more specific Unix and Linux based (but then, so is MacOS).

unix based:


other:

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Re: What other OS should I try out?

Posted 03 March 2011 - 10:34 AM

There's always OSx or what ever animal print they are on now.
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Re: What other OS should I try out?

Posted 03 March 2011 - 11:13 AM

View PostGorian, on 03 March 2011 - 12:17 PM, said:

There are OSes, just not as well know. Some are just more specific Unix and Linux based (but then, so is MacOS).

unix based:


other:



I have to say, Solaris looks rather interesting. I may try it some time...
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Posted 03 March 2011 - 11:14 AM

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Re: What other OS should I try out?

Posted 03 March 2011 - 12:05 PM

my understanding is that Solaris is currently proprietary, and costs money, however OpenSolaris is available (iirc, before Sun was bought bought by Oracle, and was facing possible bankruptcy or some-such they OpenSourced Solaris in order to preserve it. When Oracle bought them, they closed Solaris again, and continued its development....)

Also, and you will have to research this, some versions of solaris are made for sun hardware, meaning the sparc processor. Other work on intel processors.

Basically, do your homework first :P
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Re: What other OS should I try out?

Posted 03 March 2011 - 12:27 PM

I highly recommend FreeBSD *Unix*, Cent OS *Linux*, or Slackware *Linux*.

I've been using Linux since sometime in '96, & almost completely stopped using Windows after Windows 98. Linux gives the user the ability to view the source code, modify the source, change package managers (or not even use one at all), desktop/Windows managers, & gives me the keys to the kingdom.
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