The end of the challenge. Install two non-Linux operating systems

For the end of the challenge we propose to install two operating systems

Haiku Desk

If you missed the previous articles, I'll tell you what the challenge consists of. It's about starting the year installing 12 programs you wouldn't normally install, or give them a use that you would not normally give to those that you already have installed. The Linux repositories have a huge number of programs that we are not aware of. And to that we must add those that are in Snap, Flatpak, Appimage format or can be downloaded from sites such as SourceForge, Fosshub or GitHub.

Anyway, nor are the rules written in stone, nor were they given to me on the top of Mount Sinai. If you read the 3 previous articles, you will see that I was making variations as I progressed. And you can do the same to make it more fun.

Just remember that we would love you to tell us in the comments section what did you do.

The end of the challenge. Two non-Linux operating systems.

Earlier this year I was complaining that there is nothing surprising in Linux anymore. The versions follow one another without relevant changes. Luckily, the world of open source gives us alternatives for those of us who love having to googling two hours to be able to use the printer or having the system hang with 30 seconds to complete installation.

Kolibri OS

If current operating systems seem too heavy for you, you should give KolibriOS a try.

The disk space you need measured in megabytes, the same as RAM essential for proper operation, only 8 megabytes.

But, don't think that this restricts performance at all. After all, in the 80s we managed to work and play with 64 kb.

Among the applications included there are a word processor, an image viewer, a graphic editor, a web browser and more than 30 games.

Of course, not everything is perfect. Kolibri It only has full support for the FAT12 / 16/32 file format. In the case of other formats like NTFS, ISO9660 and Ext2 / 3/4 you can only read them.

Regarding support for hardware sIt only supports select models of Intel and AMD graphics cards. There are also limited support for certain models of audio and network hardware. Regarding connectivity, it can work with USB 1.1 and 2.0.

The particularity that this operating system is not installed. You have to copy it to a Fat partition and update Grub with

Sudo update-grub.

KolibriOS is written in assembly language and was born as a fork of another operating system called MinuetOS. Currently, most of your code is released under the GPLv2 license.

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Haiku is inspired by BeOS, an operating system developed in the 90's optimized for multimedia presentations. Regarding the operating system that we are commenting on, aims to be efficient, fast, easy to use and general purpose. It is intended to be used on personal computers.

Hardware requirements

The x86 32-bit version of Haiku requires a Pentium CPU or higher with 256 MiB of RAM (as long as virtual memory is enabled), 1,5 GiB of storage space and a VESA-compliant video card. But to get the most out of the operating system, it is best to have at least a Pentium4 with 512 MiB of RAM and 2 GiB of storage space. To compile Haiku within itself, 2 GiB of RAM is recommended.

Haiku has greater hardware support than KolibriOS, largely thanks to the fact that it can use drivers developed for FreeBSD. On the project website, there is also a guide on how to install it in a virtual machine.


To Haiku no lack of applications. It has its own package manager and programs can also be downloaded of software sites dedicated to BeOS. It can also run Java, Python, and Ruby applications.

Many of the programs available they are old acquaintances. Among the office suites are LibreOffice and Calligra. If you like music you can use Cantanta y Clementine or the Openshot video editor. Others are specific to the operating system. Or, as we said, originating from BeOS.

Haiku is available under the MIT license and it can be tested in live mode, installed in a virtual machine or on our computer. Anyway, the project is in beta.

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  1.   cpcbegin said

    On the 6th I will complete how I put 4 systems into an old pentium 4 with the icing on the cake MX Linux to rule them all.
    In the past I got to put 5.

    1.    fab said

      How do you get firefox to work? I get a message that says that if I don't change the processor, I can't navigate. with Mxlinux.

    2.    Carlos said

      Because when I install Linux alongside Windows and decide to remove Linux, Windows no longer works

      1.    Diego German Gonzalez said

        If it's a question, it's because you have to reinstall the Windows bootloader.

      2.    Carlos said

        With a Windows installation disc, you must give Windows startup repair and that restores the mbr.

  2.   fab said

    The challenge of installing a different OS (preferably open source), to the one that comes from the factory, would be missing on different devices, such as TVs, tablets, TVboxses;) etc.

    1.    Diego German Gonzalez said

      Good idea.
      I once bought a cheaper tablet to install Ubuntu Touch on it. It was so cheap that I was unable to figure out how to root it. But, it's my unfinished business

  3.   Leonardo Ramirez Castro said

    Thanks for your explanation in the first article.
    As for the latter, can we do it under Virtual Box?

    1.    Diego German Gonzalez said

      Of course

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