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What are some alternative desktop operating systems?

Are there any other free OS other than Linux? Free for desktop and individual use?

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It's not ready for everyday use yet, but take a look at ReactOS.

Also the various BSD variants: FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD... but these are all very similar to linux.

What are you looking for that linux does not do?

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beat me to the BSD variants.. :p –  Rex Jan 7 '11 at 16:20
    
Linux serves everything, just asking. Want to try it as well. –  RPK Jan 7 '11 at 16:26
    
No mention of OpenSolaris? Shocking! :O –  mickburkejnr Jan 7 '11 at 16:29
    
No mention of Pirated Windows?....;-) –  Moab Jan 7 '11 at 16:36
    
@mick: I already asked about OpenSolaris in one of my earlier posts. That's why didn't mention it again. –  RPK Jan 7 '11 at 16:40

If you want to do anything near production, I would probably look at the BSD variants that Joel mentioned above.

You can also still get OpenSolaris although it's future is probably non-existant now that Oracle killed it. Solaris Express 11 has some license limitations - supposed to be for Test/Dev only and you're supposed to buy a support contract/subscription for production use.

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For a rather different experience (not based on Unix), look at Haiku. I'm definitely keeping my eye on that one.

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I loved beOS and was sad to see it go. Haiku is getting there but the last time I used it (although it was quite a bit ago) it just didn't seem the same. –  Rex Jan 7 '11 at 17:27
    
I also liked BeOS. There was so much hype. After that it disappeared. But don't know how rich is the community at Haiku. –  RPK Jan 7 '11 at 19:29

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