Möbius is an open-source operating system for the platform (Intel
i386 and compatibles).
There are a lot of other operating systems for the i386:
- Windows NT and its successors are closed-source. Their development is
dictated solely by Microsoft and their interests.
- Windows 95 and its successors are hacks to Windows 3.x and MS-DOS.
- Linux has been going a long time, and has traditionally been a Unix clone.
As such it is a bit of a hack and is struggling to keep up with modern OS
- Most of the other amateur OS projects consist of a boot sector and a
'kernel' which prints "Hello, world!".
- Of the others, most have followed the same path as Linux, without any regard
to design or future compatibility.
- The small remainder are promising, well-designed operating systems.
Möbius has been designed as a good modern OS. Its main goals are:
- To be extensible enough so that it is easy to modify it for new devices and
- To keep the kernel as small and modular as possible
- To support existing applications where possible
- To remain easy enough to use that users can install and configure a Möbius
system without having to learn it
You can try the OS by downloading a floppy disk image, writing it to a disk
and booting from it. Alternatively, you can use the disk image in an emulator
such as Bochs. Full source code is available through CVS.