#GeekHistory: Some Forgotten Operating Systems

You surely already know about Windows, Linux, or Mac OS don’t you? All of those operating system survive until now, not just survive, but also rapidly developed in society. But do you know, beside those operating systems, there are still other famous operating system which aren’t able to survive in the market and suddenly disappeared??

One of the example of lost operating system are DOS. Other than that, do you have any idea? This time SOT will share you information about #GeekHistory which is talking about famous operating system which already lost, beside DOS for sure… if you haven’t found out yet, took a cup of coffee and snack to read this SOT’s article.



#GeekHistory: Some Forgotten Operating Systems

BeOS is an operating system for PC which is designed by Bee company in 1991. BeOS firstly run in Bebox hardware device. BeOS at that time was focused for multimedia platform which is able to compete with Windows and Mac OS. Then the BeOS market started to rise rapidly and acquisited by Pal company. But now, BeOS enthusiasts were smaller. A Haiku open source was inspired to be long ‘passed away’ BeOS. So, if you curious about BeOS appearance, you can use Haiku which have released their Alpha 3 version in June 2011.

There’s an interesting story about this BeOS. At that time Mac OS and Windows were struggling to come out and got popular. But BeOS was already popular by the design of various multimedia needs, multi-tasking, and 64 bit. BeOS really offered a great OS. At that time Apple expected that Mac OS would be developed with BeOS. After the negotiation stopped, Apple then used NexTSTEP and brought back Steve Jobs into the company.

Just imagine if now Mac OS wasn’t developed with NexTSTEP and developed by BeOS, what would be this Mac OS display right now??



#GeekHistory: Some Forgotten Operating Systems

this OS was developed by Microsoft and IBM although finally it was left to IBM only. IBM OS/2 had a various development history, but here, we would be only discussed about IBMOS/2 Warp 4. By using IBM OS/2 you could run windows application by the support of Windows kernel just like Wine in Linux.

In England, Demo CD from OS IBM OS/2 could be found easily. IBM expected that by such way they would be able to develop the user amount, but IBM focused only to company user not to home user. That’s why this IBM OS/2 dead.



#GeekHistory: Some Forgotten Operating Systems

Based from UNIX company named Silicon Graphics was successfully created IRIX OS. IRIX was launched with a weird form, and also colorful. This OS was admired in graphic and also 3D rendering, which already dominated animation and science visualization industry. The last big version of IRIX was IRIX 6.5 which was released in May 1998. After that, IRIX 6.5 was stay updated with minor version to 2005. Then IRIX was ended in 2006, followed with Redhat Linux. However, there was small community who defended it with open source software, which was NekoChan.

#GeekHistory: Some Forgotten Operating Systems



#GeekHistory: Some Forgotten Operating Systems

One of the famous and forgotten OS is ReactOS, this OS is an open source, so you’d be able to edit it as you wish, just like Linux. ReactOS was the main enemy of Windows at that time, but in their effort to clone the display of Windows 95. ReactOS development was continued in 1998 to compete again with Microsoft’s product, which was Windows 98. In addition of their display which was similar as Windows 98, ReactOS was also able to run Windows application because this OS was developed by C and C++ language. But to run Windows application, it needed a bridge just like Wine in Linux.

Because of lack developers and also skill needed, ReactOS was inhibited and wasn’t able to develop. If you want to try ReactOS, you can download it here.



#GeekHistory: Some Forgotten Operating Systems

webOS is also known as HP webOS or Palm webOS which was made from Linux kernel. This OS firstly made by HP which was aimed for TouchPad Tablet. In this 2009, there was debut of webOS which was marketed along with HP Touchpad. But WebOS didn’t last long because of the incoming Android OS which was open source and also had so many free applications. After WebOS no longer developed, webOS turned into open source by HP company. HP employees and also common society was able to enjoy and also edit webOS as they loved to, for the continuation of webOS. Do you want to try it? Just download webOS.


In fact, there are so many forgotten and unpopular OS. But from the average of OS above, many of them had turned into open source. It probably meant to find someone or talented team who are able to bring those OS into popularity again. What’s your opinion about forgotten OS above?

Chris Febian is the founder of spyontech.com. He spent his time by testing new software and writing some reviews of them. This blog is one of his favorite place to publish his reviews.

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