Aussie OS to challenge Windows

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Aussie OS to challenge Windows

Next month, Australian company Trumpet Software will release an alpha version of its new operating system.

PetrOS is being touted as a substitute for Windows 95/98 and NT. Unlike Linux and other competitors, the company said, PetrOS will be able to seamlessly run 32-bit Windows applications, Trumpet claims.

PetrOS’ main advantage is speed: Its kernel only takes up about 100K, according to the company.

While PetrOS is not a true open source project – Trumpet will do all the engineering and the code will be proprietary – it is soliciting users to suggest new features for the software.

About 1,000 companies have already signed up to try the alpha code, mostly in Australia. The eventual cost will be under $100 a copy.

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