Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Aug 2014 22:25 UTC, submitted by Sean Melendy
OSNews, Generic OSes

A new version of MenuetOS has been released.

Updates and improvements (httpc, ehci, picview, memcheck, menu, wallpaper, ohci, uhci, maps/streetview, icons, dhcp, freeform window, smp threads, smp init, onscreen keyboard, utf8 support, tcp/ip, keyboard layouts: western, cyrillic, hebrew, greek)

MenuetOS is open source (MIT) and written entirely in 32/64 bit assembly. It's important to note that development is focused entirely on the 64bit version.

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Its amazing
by bassbeast on Tue 26th Aug 2014 23:35 UTC
bassbeast
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2007-11-11

What they can do by simply writing the OS in ASM, you can fire this baby up on the weakest netbook and the thing just flies. Congrats Menuet team, it is truly amazing.

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RE: Its amazing
by zima on Fri 29th Aug 2014 20:58 UTC in reply to "Its amazing"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

See what they can do on 8-bit Z80 CPU with ASM in SymbOS...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SymbOS
http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/SymbOS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ish4ReOjdIw (generally, check related / search YouTube for "SymbOS")

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MenuetOS is NOT open source.
by allanregistos on Wed 27th Aug 2014 00:33 UTC
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Member since:
2011-02-10

Confusing...

MenuetOS is open source (MIT)...

http://menuetos.net/m64l.txt

By the way, it seems a good OS and can run quake, I am going to test it, plus it supports more hardware. Although now I do not like quake because of its theme, but its good for nostalgia.

[Edited]

Edited 2014-08-27 00:43 UTC

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allanregistos Member since:
2011-02-10

If you go to the download page, you will have to agree with this:

If you agree to the License(link), you are free to download Menuet64 0.99.71.

Link: http://menuetos.net/m64l.txt
Where it says:

1) Free for personal and educational use.
2) Contact menuetos.net for commercial use.
3) Redistribution, reverse engineering, disassembly or decompilation
prohibited without permission from the copyright holders.


So it is confusing. This is not open source. Also, the homepage says it is GPL not MIT.

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BlueofRainbow Member since:
2009-01-06

From the respective download pages:

Menuet32 is GPL and the sources are available.

Menuet64 is without open sources.

Although development is focused on the 64 bit version, the 32 bit version, while somewhat frozen at release 0.85 has had minor fixes over the years (now are the D level).

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Is it me...
by jockm on Wed 27th Aug 2014 02:34 UTC
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Member since:
2012-12-22

Or has the MenuetOS website become simpler looking? I seem to remember a different site, but it has been a while.

I haven't tried Menuet is quite some time. It was a small and fast little — not a pejorative — OS. It is a bit of an odd duck though. Architecture specific well past after the trend was for portable OSs. As opposed to promoting its features, they are practically hidden. You wouldn't know there was a browser, save from installing it or looking at the screen shots.

It is quite an accomplishment, and kudos to them for that; but it feels more like a monument that anything else. But accomplishment is a fine goal.

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RE: Is it me...
by BlueofRainbow on Wed 27th Aug 2014 03:09 UTC in reply to "Is it me..."
BlueofRainbow Member since:
2009-01-06

You might remember the website of KolibriOS - a fork which started quite some time ago.

I am not quite sure of the reason(s) for the fork - one would think that polling resources would be the most logical thing to do when programming only in assembly. However, the existence of this fork might be the cause of the sources of Menuet64 not being released.

Given all of the security issues around the web, I am tempted to use it for safe browsing.

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RE[2]: Is it me...
by jockm on Wed 27th Aug 2014 06:32 UTC in reply to "RE: Is it me..."
jockm Member since:
2012-12-22

You might remember the website of KolibriOS - a fork which started quite some time ago.


You may well be right, I looked it up and it does match my memory rather well. Thanks for pointing that out.

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RE[2]: Is it me...
by zima on Fri 29th Aug 2014 21:20 UTC in reply to "RE: Is it me..."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Given all of the security issues around the web, I am tempted to use it for safe browsing.

That would be security through obscurity - not an entirely good thing in itself.
Besides, you'd probably achieve the same effect, but with a less hassle, by using Elinks or such (maybe http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dillo ?) on a more mainstream platform...

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Please
by mikeanderson on Wed 27th Aug 2014 08:10 UTC
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2014-08-22

Please update the article Thom.

MenuetOS is neither MIT, nor open source (the unmaintained 32-bit version is open source, but GPL, not MIT.)

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