Web Links - Operating Systems
All of the Operating Systems listed on this page are freely available.
Linux is a free Unix like operating system kernel. The kernel was originally developed by Linus Torvalds with the assistance of developers around the world. Most of the tools, utilities and core applications for Linux are from the GNU Free Software Foundation which was founded by Richard Stallman.
There are many different distributions of Linux available. For information on many of the distributions available go to Linux Online Inc.'s Linux Distributions.
Linux Online Inc. is a good source of general information about Linux, and Linux related products.
If you are interested in learning how to use Linux, or are trying to configure hardware or software in Linux the Linux Documentation Project is an excellent source of information.
If you are interested in the source code for Linux, Linux Kernel Archives
GNU Hurd is a free Unix like operating system kernel. It is what GNU Software was written to run on. However most of the GNU Software was released before the first beta versions of the kernel, and where quickly adopted by other forms of Unix like Linux and BSD.
According to Thomas Bushnell, BSG, the primary architect of the Hurd, "`Hurd' stands for `Hird of Unix-Replacing Daemons'. And, then, `Hird' stands for `Hurd of Interfaces Representing Depth'". - Quote taken from GNU Hurd site
To Find out more about the GNU Hurd project go to http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd.
BSD is a Unix operating system. It was originally developed by the University of California, Berkeley's department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. It is now maintained and distributed by several commercial and non-profit organizations.
Free DOS is a DOS clone that is shooting for MS-DOS 3.3 compliance. It is being created by the Free DOS Project. They are also working on tools, utilities, and applications for it.
AtheOS is a new operating system. It is not a clone of another operating system. It is fairly POSIX compliant. So, porting applications over from the Unix world shouldn't be to difficult. If you would like to learn more about it you can visit their web site at www.AtheOS.cx.