5 Alternative Operating Systems that You Can Try Out on Your PC

If you would like to experiment a bit with other operating systems, we have a few alternatives you can try. Linux is not the only one out there. Please don’t just install these systems on your PC. Try them in programs like VirtualBox. Some of these operating systems are created by large companies and others are the products of hobbyists who enjoy playing around.

Chrome OS

Chrome OS was designed by Google and is built on a Linux kernel. However, it has a specialized desktop that runs only the Chrome browser and apps. This operating system was designed for Chromebooks which are like tablets but run on the Chrome software. Chrome OS is not really suited to use as a full operating system on your computer.

Android

For some reason, people want to install Android on their PCs. Android is originally meant for smartphones and it also uses a Linux kernel. Some companies are developing hardware that allows Android to run on PCs. It is not ideal as a PC operating system and you won’t be able to run multiple apps at once.

SteamOS

Steam OS is another Linux distribution and was created by Valve. It is a gaming operating system built on top of the Linux desktop. SteamOS is not completed yet, but there will be computers available with this OS installed.

Haiku

In 1998, BeOS was designed by Be Inc. It was a lightweight OS for PC, but it stood small against Microsoft Windows. Be Inc sued Microsoft and they settled out of court. Today, Palm Inc, who bought Be Inc., is creating a reimplementation of BeOS. This project is in alpha and we look forward to seeing what it brings.

eComStation

This operating system is based on OS/2 which is an operating system that was created by Microsoft and IBM. Microsoft eventually pushed it aside and developed the successful MS-DOS. IBM continued working on it and it was installed in ATMs and older PCs. Today, Serenity Systems has the right to distribute OS/2 and they have developed their own OS called eComStation. eComStation is based on the original OS/2.

Developers keep creating new and improved operating systems in an attempt to beat out the competition. There is many lesser known OS out there. No-one has yet been able to push Microsoft out of the number one spot, but you never know what the future holds.…

5 Operating Systems That Will Bring Your Old Machines to Life

Do you still have your old PC or laptop? Or maybe even one of the first tablet versions? Don’t know what to do with them? Well, we have a solution. There are a few lightweight operating systems that will work well in your old machines and make them faster. You may not want to use it as your main PC, but the kids will have fun with it or you can give it to someone who needs one.

These operating systems can make your PC, laptop, or tablet useful again:

1. Phoenix OS – This system works with 32-bit machines and runs relatively fast. It can use Intel Dual Core processors and is a good option if you are looking to revive that old PC.

2. Cub Linux OS – This system is based on Linux and is a smaller version that resembles Chrome OS. It is good for use on tablets.

3. Ubuntu Cub Linux – The Ubuntu OS is one of the more popular ones around. It is fast and organized and needs at least 2Mb of RAM to run. It comes with apps like VLC and Firefox pre-installed.

4. Elementary OS – Elementary OS is an alternative for Windows or Mac and offers more flexibility than some other operating systems on this list. It has versions for both 32-bit and 64-bit machines. It has quite a following and is a good choice for older machines.

5. Papyros OS – This is one of the more difficult operating systems to install. You need to follow instructions from the website and there is no ISO installer available yet. If you like a challenge, go for it. The Papyros system is similar to Chrome OS, so if you are looking for a tablet-type operating system that is based on Linux, maybe rather go with that.

These are the systems you can try out on your older machines. If you are unfamiliar with installing operating systems, we suggest you find someone who can help you with this. Uninstalling and installing of OS can get tricky.…

Top Cheat Sheets and Tutorials on Unix and Linux Commands

Unix and Linux commands can get rough. If you are a programmer, IT professional, or student, you may find these resources very helpful. These ‘cheat sheets’ offer you an easier way of using Unix and Linux commands. Some offer a lot of guidance and others not. We hope you can use some of these to work faster. To find more information about these tools, Google them and they will be right there.

Unix Toolbox – This tool is good for IT professionals and advanced users. It offers a practical guide with the commands, but in order to use it, you will have to know what you’re doing. This is not for beginner users. The document has a list of Unix/Linux/ BSD commands and tasks that can be helpful when programming.

Learn Unix in 10 Minutes – This is a ‘cheat sheet’ that a lecturer used to give his beginners. It helped them get to know and understand the commands for the Unix shell without constantly asking the lecturer. It is very helpful if you want a quick overview and get the basic commands.

Unix Tutorial for Beginners – This tutorial is, as it says, for beginner users of the Unix and Linux operating systems. These systems are known to be more difficult to use than Windows, but once you start using it, you will become more comfortable. This resource consists of a collection of 8 tutorials.

How to Look Like a Unix Guru – This tool is based on a lecture where the basic commands are discussed. What makes this a really great tool, is the fact that it also shows you how to combine commands in simple patterns to create sophisticated functionality. For this resource to be useful, you need to understand the basics of Unix, like what a shell is and its basic operations.

These resources have proved somewhat useful to our team and we hope they give you some added value too. For the Unix and Linux lovers, these resources may not teach you much, but you may find a hidden gem here and there.…