posted by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 19:12 UTC, submitted by Jett
IconWe're looking at two alternative operating systems hitting updates. MenuetOS, the operating system written entirely in assembly, hit version 0.98.27. Meanwhile, FreeDOS 1.1 has hit final.

MenuetOS is an oldtimer here on OSNews, and has been with us for a long time already. "MenuetOS is an operating system in development for the PC written entirely in 32/64 bit assembly language. Menuet64 is released under License and Menuet32 under GPL. Menuet supports 32/64 bit x86 assembly programming for smaller, faster and less resource hungry applications."

Unlike just about anything else out there, it's not based on UNIX or POSIX, making it a truly unique little creature. Its assembly nature is, of course, quite unique as well. Version 0.98.27 is a bugfix release, mostly.

As far as FreeDOS 1.1 goes, we already covered its test release a few weeks ago July last year (wait, July? Holy crap). "So, what has changed since 2006's version 1.0?"we wondered back then, "Other than the usual performance improvements and bugfixes, it comes with the initial work on USB controller support, a newer kernel version with bugfixes, some limited USB flash disk support, and several other things."

So, there you have it. Nothing earth-shattering, but at least there's still work being done here.

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