14 Operating Systems You’ve Never Heard Of

For common people, operating systems could only be three names, namely: Windows, Linux, and Mac. But, actually, there are numerous kinds of operating systems that are available in the market. We are only used to using the three operating systems which are Windows, Linux, and Mac because they are the ones we are most familiar with.


However, if you are looking for alternative forms of operating systems, the following list can be helpful to you:

[stextbox id=”ïnfo”]#1 Inferno [/stextbox]

This operating system started only as a research at Bell Labs. In point of fact, the designers of this OS would like to integrate some of the lessons that they discovered in the previous study called Plan 9 From Bell Labs. These operating systems were both able to help the users compute some resources that were supplied across a set of machines. The only differs from Plan 9 in the sense that includes a virtual machine that makes sure that the applications including the user interface are unvarying in the entire platforms.

[stextbox id=”ïnfo”]#2 Syllable [/stextbox]

This is an open source type of operating system that has a weird and wonderful derivation. It started in 2002 as a divergence of AtheOS, which is an earlier version of open source operating systems that aimed to be an AmigaOS some time ago. It utilizes the AtheOS file system and maintains fractional POSIX fulfillment which allows the Syllable users to port Linux applications easier.

[stextbox id=”ïnfo”]#3 Haiku [/stextbox]

This is among the free operating systems that are rooted in open source Be-OS applications. This is earlier known for its name as OpenbeOS which started in 2001. Today it is able to run most of the older BeOS programs. It has kept the clean as well as modernized desktop feature of BeOS along with additional supports coming from latest hardware devices.

[stextbox id=”ïnfo”]#4 Breadbox Ensemble [/stextbox]

This operating system is said to be derived from PC/GEOS, which is launched in the year 1990 by Berkeley Softworks. Just like GEM, this did not succeed in being as equally feasible as Windows. Hence, this resulted in the change of ownership of this operating system. Compared to the other operating systems, Breadbox is not offered for free.

[stextbox id=”ïnfo”]#5 eCom Station [/stextbox]

This was developed by the company named Serenity Systems. But it was derived from IBM’s OS/2 which was ideally made to be a substitute for DOS. Today, this operating system is available at version 2.0 and is being sold in the market for approximately $149 for its Home edition and $219 for its Business edition.

[stextbox id=”ïnfo”]#6 MenuetOS [/stextbox]

This is designed as a form of graphical operating system. Unlike the other operating systems, it has the capability to be booted and run off a particular 3.5” floppy disk. But you can have it installed on your hard drive if you would like to have a more advanced system. The best feature of this operating system is that it is written completely in x56 assembly language which enables it to operate in a limited space.

[stextbox id=”ïnfo”]#7 ReactOS [/stextbox]

This is an open source Window NT close application that you can get for free. It is among the kinds of operating systems that you can use if you would like to run Windows without really running it. It is intended to be an all-inclusive binary compatible with software written for Microsoft’s NT-based OS.

[stextbox id=”ïnfo”]#8 Visiopsys [/stextbox]

Among the operating systems that are on hand, this one is a GUI-based system that is created by a programmer named Andy McLaughlin. It is an open source type of software and is also available for free.

[stextbox id=”ïnfo”]#9 SkyOS [/stextbox]

This operating system started as a basic bootloader application developed by Robert Szeleney in the year 1996. After 8 years, Szeleney converted it into a full-scale graphical operating system that has its own file system and also API.

[stextbox id=”ïnfo”]#10 KolibriOS [/stextbox]

As one of the alternative operating systems available in the market, KolibriOS began in 2004 as a small and quick assembly-based hobby OS. It is somewhat similar to MenuetOS in the sense that they both run off a floppy disk. But what makes it different is the fact that is has the capability to improve to meet the large-scale needs of the users when installed on hardware.

[stextbox id=”ïnfo”]#11 JNode [/stextbox]

The JNode operating system is written specifically in Java. It is designed to help run any application in Java, even if it is only available at version 0.2.8. What makes it different from other operating systems on the list is that it has a simple interface.

[stextbox id=”ïnfo”]#12 OpenVMS [/stextbox]

This operating system aims to develop VMS’s feature set, even if the VMS experts are difficult to find which is contrary to the other clone project in which the developers can access the original operating system easily.

[stextbox id=”ïnfo”]#13 AROS [/stextbox]

Do you like the remarkable features of Amiga? Well, then you might also find AROS to be an amazing alternative operating system. AROS is a short term for Amiga Research Operating System. The best thing about this OS is that is very high speed. In fact, it has a good potential as a light and fast OS among the alternative operating systems for notebooks and tablets in the market today.

[stextbox id=”ïnfo”]#14 DexOS[/stextbox]

This is the kind of operating system that is intended to provide a console-like GUI. It actually displays a graphical front-end that programmers can gain access easily the bare metal for utmost performance.

This article has been written by Ronald from e-commerce conversion optimization company Invesp. Invesp consulting offers landing page optimization and conversion optimization solutions to e-commerce businesses.