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business_kid 09-07-2012 11:43 AM

Anyone Tried Menuet OS?
 
Well, the subject says it. I have 32 & 64 bit flavours downloaded, (650k & 815k) apparently they are to go on floppies. My 64 bit has no floppy, and my 32 bit has a floppy but no floppy disks.

http://www.menuetos.net if anyone's interested.

273 09-07-2012 12:20 PM

May have tried this but don't recall so I'm going to attempt to try it in VirtualBox now.

jefro 09-07-2012 12:53 PM

I have played with menuetos almost since it was released. The site should offer a cd image or instructions for a way to create a cd.

I almost always use a virtual machine to test stuff.

Menuetos is a fantastic idea. Shame more developers don't work on it. It is really the best way to create a fast OS. About the only thing that came close to that was QNX floppy.

273 09-07-2012 12:58 PM

Well, it looks OK but I'm struggling now to work out how to enable networking.

splintercdo 09-07-2012 12:59 PM

And was in the illusion that people from linuxquestions are reading the documentation! :(

This IS from their site
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For both M32 and M64:

Create a bootable MenuetOS CD from ISO header file and Menuet 1.4MB image.

1) Download and unzip isohdr.zip and Menuet image.

2) Combine the header with Menuet image

Dos: copy /b isohdr + Mxx-xxx.img mboot.iso
Unix: cat isohdr Mxx-xxx.img > mboot.iso

3) Burn mboot.iso to CD and boot

CD burning application should recognize the used 'el-torito cd' format.

Note that the CD image is for booting only and does not include a ISO9660 filesystem.

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And here is the CD: http://www.menuetos.net/cddl.htm

business_kid 09-07-2012 01:48 PM

Thanks, splintercdo, I missed that page - minding someone, ironing, tidying the kitchen, shopping and babysitting slow downloads at the same time as looking at it.

Assembler is intoxicatingly fast, but it's slow and hard to write.

business_kid 09-10-2012 01:10 PM

I finally got a boot CD running here. There's all tar.gz & tar.bz2 files in the cd, so I guess someone runs linux as well. You're kind of snookered if the mouse doesn't come up. But considering the trouble I had getting linux to run this particular box, menuet booted it like it was an old friend. From a virtual 1.4M Floppy! Now to figure the software install. . .

mjolnir 01-28-2013 05:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jefro (Post 4775127)
I have played with menuetos almost since it was released. The site should offer a cd image or instructions for a way to create a cd.

I almost always use a virtual machine to test stuff.

Menuetos is a fantastic idea. Shame more developers don't work on it. It is really the best way to create a fast OS. About the only thing that came close to that was QNX floppy.

I spent the afternoon getting MenuetOs32 running on an old Win98 laptop I had laying around. I have the QNX floppy demo and I was suitable impressed with it but, as a non-programmer, I have to say I am amazed at the speed of Menuet.

The 32-bit version is GPL'ed but there is a license for 64-bit.

XenaneX 01-28-2013 07:39 PM

Is there a KDE version?
Does it run Firefox and other stuff I use?
I mean, it looks limited but most interesting.

jefro 01-28-2013 10:12 PM

MenuetOS is a one of a kind OS and would be unlikely to run any KDE window manager.

business_kid 01-29-2013 05:42 AM

I think it highlights the possibilities of assembler.

AFAICT, it runs nothing. Their whole point is that instead of having software layer upon layer (This or that api) it just does the job. Period.

Menuet will never therefore port X, GTK, or other APIs without abandoning it's core value. What it struck me as useful for is certain industrial projects where it is a basic OS lighting up a pc with very low overhead. But you'd be writing assembler.

brianL 01-29-2013 05:56 AM

I've never tried Menuet, but I tried Kolibri a few years ago in Qemu.

mjolnir 01-29-2013 01:21 PM

@brianL Just for the heck of it I installed Kolibri on the same old laptop. Kolibri is apparently a 32-bit fork of Menuet that has had much more development, and resulted in a schism between the two groups that resulted with the Menuet founders concentrating more on 64-bit assembly.

Kolibri has a nice utility in it (9x2KLBR) that allows you to boot either .img from Win95,98,ME no floppy needed.

MrCode 01-29-2013 11:42 PM

I've messed a little with 32- and 64-bit Menuet, as well as Kolibri. I think out of the three, Kolibri was the most "complete", if you will (as complete as a tiny, asm-based OS can be, anyway :P).

Aside from being a geeky tinker toy, though, I don't really see it being useful. AFACT the development is dead, but I don't know for sure; the last time I messed with it was quite a while ago, and it might have been developed further since then.

brianL 01-30-2013 06:27 AM

Off topic
MrCode is back (again)!!!


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