Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Feb 2012 23:40 UTC, submitted by AmineKhaldi
ReactOS Oh ReactOS. This project has been with us for a very long time now, and since day one, I never really knew what to think of it. They always seem to be running at least 300 miles behind the Win32 bandwagon, but what they've accomplished so far is insanely impressive nonetheless. This new release comes with quite a lot of new stuff.
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niche OS related news
by fran on Wed 8th Feb 2012 14:45 UTC
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I browsed a lot of niche OS sites lately scouring for news to submit.
Some of the reasoning below might be false. Reason some sites mainly update news through mailing lists and not on the site itself.
But here are my general impression.

Seems like the last of the golden OS hobby years ended in 2009.

Last news post 01/29/2009

Last news post 16 May 2008

No front end news items.
Forum not much help

Some news end of Jan 2012 about a meeting.

Difficult to scour news events from this site.

Don't have a news section but a mailing list.
Don't know how active that is.

Kolibri OS
Last release in 2009
Has current news.
"The L4 community had some news last month.
NICTA and Open Kernel Labs have announced a joint public release of the formally-verified seL4 microkernel. The release, for non-commercial and evaluation use, contains seL4 kernel binaries for ARM and x86, documentation, user-level example code, x86 Linux on top of seL4, and the formal specification of the kernel for the ARM platform."

Site not very news friendly.
Most .x1 "Bugfixes and improvements"
Mailing list would probably be best here to scour for news.

Last news not to long ago. Aug 5

Mailing list has news.
Feb saw some news release me thinks.

Not quite sure. The news does not list dates.
The attachement to the last news item is dated to 2009 though.

Some news Oct 2011 about a collaboration with Debian.

Not easy to glance news from the site.

Last news seem to be 2008

Last news 2009

Has a news section and has current news events.

Some news but not very meaty.

Maybe these project has current developments.
It is just not that easy to find.
And also there is other projects not listed here.

Edited 2012-02-08 14:46 UTC

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RE: niche OS related news
by zima on Wed 8th Feb 2012 15:13 in reply to "niche OS related news"
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And I believe L4 doesn't really belong on a list of niche OS projects.

L4 is widely used; Open Kernel Labs claims deployment of one billion L4 kernels. ( deployed in more than one billion mobile handsets )
In November 2005, NICTA announced that Qualcomm was deploying NICTA's L4 version on their Mobile Station Modem chipsets. This led to the use of L4 in mobile phone handsets on sale from late 2006

It seems to run radio stack and/or isolate it from the "user OS" - so for example many (most?) Android phones might be also running L4, by the virtue of using Qualcomm chipsets.

Edited 2012-02-08 15:21 UTC

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RE: niche OS related news
by sourcerer on Thu 9th Feb 2012 18:44 in reply to "niche OS related news"
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Kolibri OS
Last release in 2009

Didn't you noticed "Nightly builds" link? Last version was build at 6 Feb 2012. Few days ago was added driver for Intel videocards. Also, Kolibri has tons of new ports.

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RE[2]: niche OS related news
by fran on Fri 10th Feb 2012 18:37 in reply to "RE: niche OS related news"
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Did not notice it.
Nice to hear about the progress on Kolibri. You must submit pal.

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