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Operating Systems

Submission + - World’s Smallest Operating system 5

An anonymous reader writes: Have you ever heard of an OS which fit inside a Floppydisk ? Maybe Not. But there is.It is known as KolibriOS. KolibriOS (also known as KOS and Kolibri) is a free operating system with a monolithic preemptive, real-time kernel, video drivers, for 32-bit x86 architecture computers, developed and maintained by The KolibriOS Project Team. Its only 2.4 MB in size.

Submission + - Google: Apple VP Rejected Google Voice iPhone App ( 1

bruckie writes: "Today Google released the full, unredacted letter that they sent last month in response to an FCC inquiry into the roles of Apple, Google, and AT&T in the reported rejection of Google Voice from the iPhone App Store. In contrast to Apple's statement that it "has not rejected the Google Voice application, and continues to study it", the previously-redacted section of Google's letter states that in a phone call in July, "Mr. Schiller [Apple SVP of marketing] informed Mr. Eustace [Google VP of engineering] that Apple was rejecting the Google Voice application"."

Submission + - Microsoft offers Windows 7 to students for $30 ( 1

Ernie writes: Microsoft today announced students would be able to purchase upgrade versions of Windows 7 for a significantly reduced price until January 3, 2010 at 12:00am CST. A valid e-mail address given by a college or university must be used. An e-mail will be sent telling the student if he or she qualifies for the discount. Eligible students are allowed to purchase one copy of either Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional from the online store. The discount price applies to the following countries: the UK (£30) and the US ($30). More information is available at, a site just launched today that is dedicated to advertising Windows 7 to students.

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JimLynch writes "Back in 2006, when I was writing for ExtremeTech, I reviewed a version of Ubuntu with a religious theme: Ubuntu Christian Edition. At one point it seemed as though Ubuntu CE had been discontinued but I was pleased to note today that it has apparently been brought to life again and so I decided to do a full review Ubuntu CE 5.0 for DLR."

Submission + - Google CEO to discuss his future as an Apple direc (

tsa writes: "AppleInsider tells us that Google chief executive Eric Schmidt's position at Apple's board of directors gets more and more precarious now that Andoid, Google Chrome, and Chrome OS are on, or coming to, the market. From the article: "Even before Google announced plans for the new Chrome OS based off its nine-month-old web browser, the Federal Trade Commission began looking into the whether the companies were in violation of the Section 8 provision of The Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914, which forbids "interlocking directorates." In addition to Schmidt, Genentech chief executive Arthur Levinson also sits on the board of both companies.""

Submission + - Can you build a PC that out Macs a Mac? (

mr_sifter writes: "Apple is winning; the iPhone is the sexiest gadget going, Apple's computers are gobbling market share like Pacman eats pills and Apple stores are filled with eager customers. PC manufacturers, meanwhile, had raced each other to the bottom to make the cheapest computers possible. In this feature, the writers of bit-tech decided to see if it's possible to beat the latest and greatest 24in iMac at its own game, and set themselves the challenge of beating it, hands down, on as many fronts as possible, for the same price or less. The aim was to build a PC that looked and performed better, and was quieter and more desirable, and all for less cash. To win, we couldn't build any old performance system; we needed to craft a beauty from hardware that directly competes with the iMac's strengths."

Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but withstand progress. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982