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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 identity.

"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."

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