Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 20th Dec 2009 21:22 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes I just stumbled upon an interesting forum thread over at The thread details whether or not AmigaOS and MorphOS should be called "hobby operating systems", and what kind of criteria should be applied. This sounded like an interesting point of discussion for OSNews.
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Hobby-developer OS
by reez on Tue 22nd Dec 2009 21:19 UTC
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For me a hobby OS has always been an OS, which is developed just for fun or to learn and not for money or a specific reason (like implementing a specific feature). Something, like MenuetOS or MikeOS to name two examples.

I wouldn't call QNX, ReactOS, DragonFly BSD and other special/niche operating systems or OSs with a low usage share a 'Hobby OS'.

(GNU)Linux for example maybe started as hobby OS.

I've always used the hobby prefix as a way of describing it is developed by volunteers, who don't get paid, do not provide support and are not interested in doing so. They do not plan to get big market share overall or in their specific niche.

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