Inferno was originally developed at Bell Labs (the research division of Lucent Technologies). It is a well-designed, economical operating system particularly suitable for use in networked devices such as advanced video telephones, hand-held devices, TV set-top boxes, and many other embedded applications. Inferno can run in native mode on an embedded system or in emulation mode under many different operating systems. Inferno has many features in common with Plan 9.
SmoothWall Express is a network firewall, designed with home and small business users in mind. It is based upon a security-hardened subset of the GNU/Linux operating system and is completely free to use, download, and distribute. SmoothWall Express offers facilities and features normally only seen in expensive commercial offerings.
Leetnux is a Linux distribution specifically designed for Linux users who want maximum configuratibility. Therefore, the installation is quite hard and absolutely nothing is done "automagically" as in modern Linux distributions, but the user has total control over installation and configuration.
BasicLinux is a mini-Linux distribution designed specifically for old PCs. It provides a slim 2.2.26 kernel, a user-friendly shell and a good assortment of utilities. It includes a Web browser, a comm program, an email client, a telnet client, wget, DHCP, and dial-up PPP. It also includes a small footprint GUI, and is able to run remote X (via network) with as little as 4 MB RAM. BasicLinux is particularly suitable for old laptops: it comes with PCMCIA capability and includes the MagicPoint presentation program.
MINIX is a free UNIX clone that is available with all the source code. Due to its small size, microkernel-based design, and ample documentation, it is well suited to people who want to run a UNIX-like system on their personal computer and learn about how such systems work inside. It is possible for a person unfamiliar with operating system internals to understand nearly the entire system after just a few months use and study.
Recovery Is Possible (RIP) is a CD or USB boot/rescue/backup/maintenance system. It has support for many filesystem types (Reiserfs, Btrfs, Ext2/3/4, HFS+, ISO-9660, Squashfs, UDF, XFS, JFS, UFS2, CIFS, MS DOS, NTFS, and VFAT) and contains several utilities for system recovery. It also has IDE/SCSI/SATA, RAID, LVM2, and Ethernet/Wireless network support.
ZThread is an advanced object-oriented threading and synchronization library, implemented in C++ for POSIX, MacOS, and Win32 systems. It provides an excellent and powerful abstraction from native threads. It includes interruptible thread objects and several other synchronization control objects.