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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. . .
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.
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 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.
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.