Home > OS News > E/OS LX 0.2.4 Released E/OS LX 0.2.4 Released Eugenia Loli 2004-08-08 OS News 18 Comments E/OS is a graphic operating system which can execute programs from Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS, IBM OS/2, MSDOS, and Linux. This version run as a live CD, and supports DOS, Windows, and Linux emulations. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 18 Comments 2004-08-08 2:51 am I’m not sure what they’re getting out or doing. The web site isn’t well written but I see english is not their native language. Perhaps someone who speaks spanish can help out. 2004-08-08 3:05 am Just as the title said, what is the OS base? Did they just use a Linux distro and add Dosemu, VMWare (Windows), and PearPC under VMWare? Still cool, though. 2004-08-08 3:28 am E/OS LX it´s a operative system based on the linux and freebsd sources, write in assembler for run linux, freebsd, windows and apple programs with out need librarys externs. This is took from http://www.eoslx.9k.com.ar/run2.htm .. 2004-08-08 3:30 am How did something like this stay under the radar? Does it really work? I’d like to hear some user reviews of it.. 2004-08-08 4:16 am Seems to take WINE and adds APIs to enable cross-compilation. There may be more to their goals, but I’m not sure what more there is. 2004-08-08 4:45 am OK, I’m a native Spanish speaker. Seems to me like this is a Knoppix/Debian based Linux distro with every emulator under the sun in it. They also claim to have reimplemented the Linux kernel entirely in assembly. 2004-08-08 4:47 am Supporting all those OS’s is not going to be a small task… Sure while they can wrap ReactOS and DosEmu or whatever, to support OS/2 they are going to have to rewrite the entire API themselves as I don’t think anyone else has done it, although there was an attempt with osfree, but I don’t think thats been actively worked on for some time. Then Apple, which everyone knows means incorporating a PPC chip emulation (I don’t think anyone runs 68000 Mac progs anymore) and then of course, rewrite the entire MacOSx API which iirc, induces patent wraith. All in all though, a bold, noble effort. 2004-08-08 8:14 am The kernel sources of E/OS LX are just taken from Linux and precompiled to ASM with ‘gcc -S’ and modified afterwards. Even the GCC’s #APP/#NO_APP comments are still there. But why would someone do this, in particular when not trying to cheat (they release the full sources under GPL and give credits to Linus) … !?? 2004-08-08 9:44 am Yes, I acctually don’t see the benefit of hacking around with in the assembly. Or did I miss something? I mean assembly is pretty hard to maintain. 2004-08-08 10:19 am All answers you have in this text from their site: “The actual compatibility it´s based on the Wine Proyect, MiniVmac proyect, FreeDOS proyect, DOSBox, and the E/OS kernel. “ 2004-08-08 12:53 pm E/OS is a graphic operating system open source under license GNU GPL 2,0, for the execution of Microsoft programs Windows, Apple MAC OS, IBM OS/2 (..) Under “Compatibility” I read: OS/2 Warp: 1% Sounds like a useful feature… they’d better skip that claim of being able to run OS/2 programs when only 1% works… 2004-08-08 1:50 pm “The actual compatibility it´s based on the Wine Proyect, MiniVmac proyect, FreeDOS proyect, DOSBox, and the E/OS kernel.” Isn’t Mini VMac just a Mac Plus emulator that doesn’t even do colour? That essentially limits it to running apps that are over 15 years old. Isn’t there a more advanced cross platform Mac emulator they could be using? 2004-08-08 4:08 pm Isn’t there a more advanced cross platform Mac emulator they could be using? Yes there is: Basilisk II. It can emulate 68k macs, IIRC a Quadra 900, but you need a Macintosh ROM (which you can only possess legally if you own an 68k Mac) and a copy of a pre-8.2 Mac OS (which is – or was – available for free from the Apple website). I guess that’s why they chose to go with MiniVMac. 2004-08-08 4:08 pm This OS is just a joke, I know the “main programmer” (who isnt even a programmer to begin with) and he really has issues.. his dream is to simply take the emulators out there and put then together so you magically have a winmacdoslinux or something mutant and expects everything to work perfectly and seamlessly as if it was the real thing.. this isnt even worth trying out honestly.. 2004-08-08 9:58 pm I guess this is the benefit of Open Source, You don’t really need to be an expert at what your doing – get a good thing started and people who do know what they are doing may well come in and help get things going on the right track I think ALOT of people out there dream of a One-And-All OS, and i’m pretty much seeing that this is the first attempt thats actually released SOMETHING and not been instant vapourware… while not much, I think he’s put out more then anyone else who claimed to be building such an OS.. Although I COULD be wrong. I’m not sure HOW he works out he has done 1% of OS/2… 1% of what?, the whole thing?, the OS/2 API?, the PM API?, Has he calculated the ammount of calls in the OS/2 API etc. and added them up and calculated whats there, or is he hazzarding a guess here? 2004-08-09 2:19 am I tried it and I can see some progress so far and to do. If any of the above tried to recreate the screen shots then they might too be a little more positive. Guess you can’t please everyone. 2004-08-09 3:58 am for someone whose box puts the HARD in hardware, ie me, this could work great just to get all my linux using all my old toys i bought 4 w98 2004-08-09 8:08 am http://www.cosmoe.com/ http://www.cosmoe.com/faq.php Its goals are to enable source-compatability for BeOS, MacOS Carbon and Windows applications, so that apps can be recompiled to run on top of Linux. Bill Hayden is focusing on getting BeOS app compatibility, first AFAIK, reusing a lot of code from the Haiku (formerly known as OpenBeOS) project.