Operating systems

Guide for newbies


  • Linux is a fairly fast operating system and doesn't look too bad.
  • It is an poerating system that is created by everyone who has it as it is a useful operating system for programming and creating new items such as widgets.
  • there are over 3,200 developers form 200 companies working on the linux kernal over the last two years.
  • over 10,000 lines of codes added daily.
  • It's very secure and is easy to use.
  • Youtube, Google, Twitter, linkedin all rely on the linux OS.

Windows 8

  • you can use things such as touch-screen.
  • Almost all accessories are available in windows.
  • You can use the cloud, apps, the web at the same time
  • released on October 26th 2012
  • was in development before Windows 7 was released
  • newest Os at time of leaflet creation
  • Fairly complicated and had to use at first

Windows 7

  • it's simple to use
  • It's widley used
  • released on July 22nd 2009

Mac OS

  • It is also used across the planet
  • introduced in 1984
  • regulary updated


  • it is the first ever operating system
  • It is rarely used
  • was very popular for at it's time
  • It was the only operating system until BSD (a sub system) was made

Steam OS

  • Valve’s SteamOS is currently in beta. Technically, Steam OS is just a Linux distribution and includes much of the standard Linux software.
  • However, SteamOS is being positioned as a new PC gaming operating system.
  • The old Linux desktop is there underneath, but the computer boots to a Steam interface designed for living rooms.


  • BeOS was a lightweight PC operating system ported to the Intel x86 platform in 1998, but it wasn’t able to stand up to Microsoft’s Windows.
  • Be Inc. eventually sued Microsoft, accusing them of pressuring Hitachi and Compaq to not release BeOS hardware.
  • Microsoft settled out of court, paying $23.5 million to Be Inc. without admitting any guilt.
  • Be Inc. was eventually acquired by Palm Inc.
  • Haiku is an open-source reimplementation of BeOS that’s currently in alpha.
  • It’s a snapshot of what might have been if Microsoft hadn’t used such ruthless business practices in the 90’s.


  • OS/2 was an operating system originally created by Microsoft and IBM.
  • IBM continued development after Microsoft left it and OS/2 competed with MS-DOS and the original versions of Windows.
  • Microsoft eventually won, but there are still old ATMs, PCs, and other systems using OS/2.
  • IBM once marketed this operating system as OS/2 Warp, so you may know it by that name.
  • IBM no longer develops OS/2, but a company named Serenity Systems has the rights to continue distributing it.
  • They call their operating system eComStation.
  • It’s based on IBM’s OS/2 and adds additional applications, drivers, and other enhancements.
  • This is the only paid operating system on this list aside from Mac OS X. You can still download a free demo CD to check it out.

React OS

  • ReactOS is a free, open-source reimplementation of the Windows NT architecture.In other words, it’s an attempt to reimplement Windows as an open-source operating system that’s compatible with all Windows applications and drivers.
  • ReactOS shares some code with the Wine project, which allows you to run Windows applications on Linux or Mac OS X. It’s not based on Linux — it wants to be an open-source operating system built just like Windows NT. (Modern consumer versions of Windows have been built on Windows NT since Windows XP.)
  • This operating system is considered alpha. Its current goal is to become compatible with Windows Server 2003, so it has a long way to go.


  • Syllable is an open-source operating system forked from AtheOS, which was originally intended to be an AmigaOS clone.
  • It’s a lightweight operating system “in the tradition of the Amiga and BeOS, but built using many parts from the GNU project and Linux.”
  • Like some of the other smaller operating systems here, it has only a handful of developers.

Sky OS

  • Unlike many of the other hobbyist operating systems here, SkyOS is proprietary and not open-source.
  • You originally had to pay for access so you could use development versions of SkyOS on your own PC.
  • Development on SkyOS ended in 2009, but the last beta version was made available as a free download in 2013.

What is an OS

OS is an abbreviation for the word Operating System. An Operating System is the software that tells a computer how to operate. It controls hardware, executes programs, manages tasks and resources, and provides the user with an interface to the computer.