Kolibri - a desktop operating system in under 3 MB
Sep 02, 2009, 13:03 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jesse Smith)
"The tiny operating system I'm talking about is called Kolibri.
It's a fork of the MenuetOS project and is currently licensed under
the GNU GPL. The operating system is designed to run on 32-bit x86
processors and is written entirely in assembly language. Kolibri
contains a lot of familiar features, yet stands out with its own
"I downloaded the latest release of Kolibri (version 0.7.5) and
gave it a spin. The system boots from zero to functioning desktop
in under three seconds on my test machine. The user is presented
with an attractive background and icons for various commonly used
programs. System tasks (text editing and file browsers) are in the
top-left corner, documentation and settings are in the top-right.
Games occupy both lower corners of the desktop. Some desktop
applications have short or odd names, which might put off
newcomers. I did a lot of point and click early on, just to see
what would pop up. This problem does not extend to the application
menu; there everything is named in clear English. The application
menu is fairly standard and is located in the bottom-left corner,
where Windows and KDE users might expect to find it."