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15. November 2016 Kaspersky announced own operating system Kaspersky OS
Further informations not available yet

15. June 2005 Mandriva acquires Lycoris
Further information under Linux in Mandriva section

14. June 2005 Sun puts Solaris to OpenSource
Further information under Solaris in OpenSolaris section

06. June 2005 Apple announces the shift to the x86-Platform
Further information under Apple

19. May 2005 OpenBSD Release 3.7
Further information under OpenBSD

29. April 2005 Mac OS X 10.4 (Codename Tiger) for sale
Further information under Mac OS

15. April 2005 PC-BSD 0.5 beta on the net
The developers of PC-BSD set themselves the goal of creating for the Home and Office range a particularly user friendly system which the past BSD derivatives can't offer.
Further information under FreeBSD

13. April 2005 Mandriva Limited Edition 2005 released
Further information under Linux in Mandriva section

16. March 2005 Linspire released Linspire 5.0
Further information under Linspire

24. February 2005 Mandrakesoft and Conectiva merge to become Mandriva
Further information under Linux in Mandriva section

09. December 2004 NetBSD 2.0 released
Further information under NetBSD

16. November 2004 Solaris 10 released
Further information under Solaris

06. November 2004 FreeBSD 5.3 on the net
Further information under FreeBSD

16. August 2004 eComstation 1.2 released
Serenity systems international launched the newest version of eComstation. Applications were revised, the NTFS support and the use for notebooks was improved. An application for describing CDs and new device drivers are now included. []

06. August 2004 Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows XP
Today the official SP2 was released by Microsoft. It is applicable for the versions Windows XP Professional, Home, Tablet PC and the Media center edition. With this Upgrade many safety gaps were closed as for instance memory over runs and new functions for the system and the InterNet Explorer Browser were added.

28. June 2004 Windows CE 5.0 released
Windows CE 5.0 runs in this new release on x86-, MIPS-, ARM-, SH-processors and bring along detail improvements as in the Bluetooth and WLAN part, more hardware driver and new functions for the InterNet telephony. The licensed selling and the programming of own Windows CE derivatives are possible too.

19. June 2004 OpenBeOS becomes Haiku
On the public WalterCon Michael Phipps announced the renaming of OpenBeOS to Haiku. []

03. June 2004 QNX Neutrino 6.3.0 with Momentics Development Suite 2.2.0 on the net
Further information under QNX

17. May 2004 Inferno Release 4
The Company Vita Nuova published the 4th release of its operating system inferno to Download. This operating system is particularly suitable for the development of applications of networks in heterogeneous nets. Distributed scientific and mathematical applications are programmable under inferno independently of the host operating system.

05. May 2004 Suns Java Desktop System 2 released
The Java Desktop system (JDS) can be administered now still more easily. As standard the development environment Java studio is provided. The software management administers the automatic distribution and installation of software update. The software package contains GNOMES, StarOffice, the Web Suite Mozilla and the Groupware application evolution. [javadesktopsystem]

April 2004 Lindows becomes Linspire
In the judicial controversy over the word similarity of the name Lindows to Microsoft's Windows the contractors agreed on renaming of Lindows in Linspire. From April to the end of October 2004 this change got applied over the product and Logos as well as the Website to the changed naming. In response Microsoft assured the sum of 20 million dollar and promised a temporally limited use of the Windows Media components in the Linux distribution Linspire. Linspire stopped likewise the judicial contestation of the word mark Windows.

24. February 2004 Symbian announced Symbian OS 8.0
The new Symbian version 8.0 can unite the operating system and the telephone function on the same chip. It was extended by real time abilities, improved Java support and current DRM (digital Rights management) technologies.

25. Januaryy 2004 ReactOS Version 0.2 released
This open source operating system is provided by a group from developers with the goal of providing an operating system compatible with Windows NT. In the finished version all Windows drivers and applications schould be run on it.

13. Januaryy 2004 Red Hat transfer the eCos copyright to the FSF
Red Hat has transferred all rights at the operating system eCos to the Free software Foundation. The FSF acted in the future as manager of the project and takes over the task to coordinate developments of the eCos Community and the further development.

In May 2002 Red Hat has put eCos under a modified version of the GNU general Public License (GPL). One year later eCos 2.0 was released. eCos in short form stands for Embedded Configurable operating system. It runs on different hardware platforms, among others on ARM, Hitachi H8300, Intel x86, MIPS, PowerPC. Primarily it was developed as a real time processing system for smaller devices with little storage location.

12. Januaryy 2004 FreeBSD 5.2 released
This new release brings fixed for safety gaps, other error corrections and detail improvements in individual ranges, as for instance with current energy saving functions, WLAN and normal network drivers, ATAPI Support and a new version of the GCC.

06. Januaryy 2004 Palm OS 6 officially deliverd
In this Version Palm OS supports Multithreading, memory protection, better security functions as well as a modular structure for a more flexible configuration. External software components for function extension are now easier to merge, the support of WLAN and Bluetooth with the Multimedia abilities were improved. This version is compatible to earlier versions.

19. December 2003 Mac OS X Server updated to 10.3.2
Apple releases the new updated version 10.3.2 from the Mac OS X server, recently the same improvements for the Mac OS X Client was already released. It contains among other things security patches and better support of FireWire devices. mySQL participates in the version 4.0.16, the identification component Kerberos and Microsofts Active directory is now better supported. The update is about 54 MByte in size and is available by Apple for Download.

18. December 2003 Linux Kernel 2.6.0 released
This new Kernel release is the next milestone since the version 2.4.0. Improvements particularly which can be emphasized concern the IO subsystem, which remains now performant with high information flow-rate. The TCP/IP stack mastered high data transfer loads better, preemptive behavior is now also available for Kernel functions. The scheduler supports Hyperthreading SMP and scales better. The reaction behavior with Multimedia applications was shortened clearly. For the acceleration for the write access on ATAPI devices the procedure DMA (direct memory access) can now be used. The IDE/SCSI emulation is no longer necessary for IDE CD/RW burners. The driver for the file system NTFS is now faster and more stable than in the Kernel 2.4.0. Processors those can scale their power assumption and clock rate are controllable over a new interface. This includes the techniques speed step of Intel and Powernow! of AMD.

04. November 2003 Novell acquires SuSE Linux
Novell acquired for 210 million US dollar the company SuSE, a Linux Distributor and service offerer approximately around Linux, presumably in Januaryy 2004 should be the take over completed.

01. November 2003 OpenBSD 3.4 finished
OpenBSD is now available in version 3.4. Opposite to the version 3.3 approx. 1,100 changes on the source code were made.

September 2003 BeOS Max Edition 3 finished
The BeOS max edition 3 contains the orginal BeOS 5.03, extended by new drivers for current graphic and sound cards was extended, supported now the ReiserFS file system. []

04. August 2003 Novell acquires Ximian
Novell acquires Ximian, which has developed the Ximian Desktop Linux distribution and the open source project mono as counterpart to Net of Microsoft. Thus Novell strengthens its commitment for Linux and the open source Community. The software distribution technology Carpet belongs now likewise to Novell.

04. July 2003 Castle Technology take over RISC OS
Castle Technology Ltd. takes over all RISC OS technology from Pace Micro Technology PLC. In addition Castle has reached a joint venture with Tematic Ltd. in order to develop a embedded version of RISC OS.

24. May 2003 eComStation 1.1 released
Serenity of system published version eComStation 1.1 which are based on OS/2 4.52. Interested can select between system components and additional applications. Optionally for instance SMP is supported and the function as server, based on the OS/2 Warp server for e-Business. NTFS formatted partitions can now be used with read access.

01. May 2003 OpenBSD 3.3 finished
This new version got above all new protection concepts, which offer effective protection against Buffer Overflows. A Patch for the GCC notices now with the StackGuard method the overwriting of return adresses in the memory. Likewise an effective protection is implemented with "W^X" (W riteable xor eXecutable) on processor architectures such as Sparc, Sparc64, alpha and Hp-Pa, which excludes an implementing of code and a describing from memory sides mutually. For the i386 architecture is to become available this characteristic with the next version 3.4. Bringing in and implementing foreign code can extensively be prevented in such a way with both methods.

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25. April 2003 Windows Server 2003 released
Today the official release from Windows server 2003 took place. According to data of Microsoft about 5,000 developers and 2,500 testers participated in the 3 years development time. The operating system consists of approx. 50 million code lines. Windows server 2003 is avaiable in the flavours Web, Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter edition. It is executable on the x86 and IA64 architecture. Among other things detail improvements on the listing service Active directory were made as well as revised the InterNet information server (IIS). The NET Runtime in the version 1.1 became a likewise firm component.

21. April 2003 NetBSD 1.6.1 released
NetBSD now offers drivers for Ultra/133 IDE as well as Adaptec RAID CONTROLLER, contains drivers for USB, improved among other things, and important safety updates for BIND and OpenSSL.

02. April 2003 FreeBSD 4.8 released
Apart from numerous safety and performance improvements were programs improved in the userland (Kernel range with smaller privileges) to be implemented and the support for HyperThreading for Pentium 4 processors was integrated.

01. April 2003 Red Hat 9 released
Red Hat 9 works up-to-date with the Kernel 2.4.20, the glibc library 2.3.2 and the C-compiler GCC 3.2. The print system is now according to standard CUPS, which became support of Posix applications and optimized with the new Native Posix Thread Library (NPTL).

26. March 2003 Mandrake Linux 9.1 released
The French company MandrakeSoft brought its Linux distribution up-to-date with the Kernel 2.4.21, XFree 4.3, glibc 2.3.1 and GCC 3.2.3. Mandrake Linux 9.1 "code name Bamboo" for power PC Processoren get released at the beginning of April this year. It contains current software as well as Mac specific functions like the module named "MOL" (MAC On Linux) for the execution of Mac OS and Mac OS X programs under Linux.

21. March 2003 Slackware 9.0 released
In this new Release was integrated glibc 2.3.1, GCC 3.2.2, Kernel 2.4.20 and XFree86 4.3, the GUI of Gnome in the version 2.2 and KDE 3.1.

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09. Oktober 2002 UnitedLinux certifies Linux distributions
The distributions Red Hat 8, SuSE 8.1, SCO Group OpenLinux 3.1.1 and MandrakeSoft 9 Pro Suite was according to the criteria of Linux Standard Base certified and guarantee thereby the compatibility to each other. Thus leaves itself a software for Red Hat has without several configuration profiles e.g. also under Mandrake Linux to use.
As next step certifying is aimed at after the Open I18N standard (before times Li18nux), which plans the faster porting and interoperability of Linux software for different languages and currencies. The abbreviation I18N in OpenI18N stands for the 18 letters between I and N in the word Internationalization.

08. Oktober 2002 AIX 5L 5.2
IBM published today the version 5.2 in the meantime with Linux compatible operating system of AIX. So far of Mainframes technologies admitted LPAR (Dynamic Logical Partitioning) and CUoD (Keyed Capacity Upgrade on Demand) to the improvement of the efficiency and capacities planning received introduction in this version. AIX 5L works optimally with the server series of pSeries 670/690 and IBM cluster 1600 together. With the cluster system is contained a cluster management software, which makes a common administration possible with various Linux Cluster over one console.

30. September 2002 Red Hat Linux Version 8.0
The new Red Hat version offers for the first time an option for Desktop systems at the installation. The surfaces for gnomes and KDE were standardized and are closely the same look. For the lighter configuration operating system improved programs are at the disposal. Into new release the open source components Linux Kernel 2.4.18, GCC 3.2, XFree86 4.2, KDE 3.0.3, Gnome 2, Mozilla 1.0.1 and OpenOffice 1.0.1 were integrated among other things. The version "Red Hat Personal 8.0" is about 50 - "Red Hat Professional 8.0" about 200 euro to cost.

26. September 2002 SuSE Linux Version 8.1
SuSE brought a new version out of the own Linux Distribution. At the proven graphic installation program there were no changes, the programs and system components were brought up to date. In the new version the Linux Kernel 2.4.19, GCC 3.2, XFree86 4.2, KDE 3.0.3, Gnome 2, Mozilla 1.0.1 and OpenOffice 1.0.1 was integrated.

19. September 2002 LindowsOS Version 2.0 brought the second Preview version out of LindowsOS in the context of the liable to pay the costs Insiderprogram. Therein the control surface, new printer drivers was added and the network functions was generally improved. For finished release 3.0 toward at the end of 2002 the source code of LindowsOS should for the first time be publicly accessible.

15. September 2002 NetBSD Version 1.6
NetBSD is now in the version 1.6 available. It supports now altogether 52 architectures, under it also game consoles such as Playstation 2 and Dreamcast. Apart from some detail improvements and bugfixes also improvements within the ranges of file systems (for instance NTFS 5.0), store management and the support of new peripheral devices (for instance USB 2.0) were made. By code audits the security was continued to increase.

19. July 2002 Debian GNU/Linux 3.0
Under the code name Woody is now the version 3.0 of the free Linux of derivative approved. The system components of XFree86 4.1, Gnome 1.4 and KDE 2.2 are present now in new version. Debian GNU/Linux follows the specification file system of the Hierarchy standard 2.2 and the Linux Standard Base. Up-to-date now 11 processor architectures are supported.

30. May 2002 Linux Distributors founds UnitedLinux
The successful Linux Distributoren Caldera, Conectiva, SuSE and Turbolinux united strategically under the name UnitedLinux. A goal is the common development of a compatible Linux distribution the recommendations of the Linux Standard Base also includes. Many IT companies have this step welcomed there so far beside Red Hat have so far common support and support for application programs on the part of the industry. With the partnership the developping costs and configuration expenditure can be reduced substantially. The training and certifying of personal/software/hardware can be arranged so uniform and concentrated. Technical knowledge and Business experiences of the participating Distributoren flow completely also and are together developed further. The support is taken over depending upon sphere of activity of the individual Distributoren and is so world-wide above all to Business customer at the disposal. For 4th Quarter 2002 is planned the first publication of the version 1.0 by UnitedLinux. The initiative of UnitedLinux stands thereby into large competition for the servers operating systems and the comprehensive support of Microsoft.

25. April 2002 Symbian released source code from Epoc
Symbian has admits given that the source code operating system of the Epoc stands to approximately 95% developers for free order. The release is part of a program for the better support of companies and developers. Epoc is used before all on mobile miniature devices.

19. March 2002 BeOS Developer Edition 5.04 released
After the company Be Inc. was bought up, now the BeOS Developer edition was published. This was provided by the BeOSonline team from the preceding personal edition and released now for Download. It contains improvements that concerns new hardware. []

25. Oktober 2001 Introduction of Windows XP
On the today's day the Home and Professional edition of Windows XP are to be bought in market. The Home edition addresses itself to Multimedia user with only small private network, the Professional edition has additionally more network features and safety features like the user administration and right assignment. Windows XP is the successor from Windows 9x/ME as well as Windows 2000 and final the successor of the DOS era. Over the DOS emulation only compatible programs can be further used. Particularly the network ability, communication with digital miniature devices as well as audio and video support was improved. DirectX 8 is provided for the support of newest computer games. The full installation necessarily by Windows XP at least 1.5 GByte disk space and presupposes a modern CPU like at least the Pentium II/400MHz and 128 MByte RAM.
A bitter pill is the new obligation activation with each new installation or extensive change of hardware, alternatively after 120 days over the InterNet or over the telephone. The server variants for 32-Bit CPUs is for the 1st Quarter 2001 announced, the 64-Bit versions only starting from in the middle of 2002.

23. August 2001 Lindows for Windows and Linux programs
Michael Robertson (before CEO at started an ambitious project. The operating system LindowsOS™ should be make the question about the employment of Windows or Linux applications redundant with completion. The development goal is to make the simultaneous execution of Windows and Linux for programs possible with the same speed. LindowsOS be based on Linux and contains an adapted integrated version of the Wine Project for the execution of Windows Binaries. A Preview version is still in this year available.

29. August 2001 Corel sold his Linux department
The Startup enterprise Xandros acquired the Linux department of Corel. On the basis know-how is to already come at the beginning of 2002 its own distribution on the market.

22. August 2001 HP develops his own Linux variant
Hewlett Packard develops at present its own version of Linux, based on Kernel release 2.4. The "HP Secure OS software for Linux" represents a special version aligned to security. Thus this Version offers internal adjustments a IDS function with safety excesses appropriate measures to introduce and signal those security breaks. This safety software is to come combined with the stability and scaling from Linux on HP servers and other certified servers to the employment.

16. August 2001 Palm buys Be Inc.
The PDA manufacturer Palm wants to buy the operating system manufacturer for 11 million US dollar in the form of Palm shares. Palm acquires thereby in the following period this yearly all properties and right at the mental property of the coworkers of assumption an offer was submitted. Lately despite the strategy adjustment could not reach the profit area on the BeIA system again. The internal operating system BeOS did not achieve so far the large break-through despite the availability on x86, 68k and power PC systems and the high efficiency with Multimedia processing. The two operating systems are not developed further by Palm probably.

08. March 2001 BSDi buys FreeBSD
Berkeley Software Design Inc. (BSDi), offerer of the commercial BSD variant BSD/OS for Intel processors, buys Walnut Creek CDROM, the most important Distributor of the free BSD Unix FreeBSD.

05. March 2001 Novell announces NetWare 6
NetWare 6 presumably comes in the third quarter 2001 on the market. Improvements took place particularly at the storage services and the high availability. A cluster is to become likewise possible with 2 to 32 knots. The file system NSS extended by Transaction Tracking and controlled then also Quota and compression. Handling the usual SMB protocol in Windows networks was realized. With "iFolder" Novell users let the possibility their data synchronize in the future automatic over the InterNet. Further additions are the Apache Web server and new InterNet based print service.

09. February 2001 Caldera takes over SCO OpenServer
Caldera Systems (Linux Distributor) buys the open server technology from Santa Cruz operation (SCO). It is thereby the third part, which Caldera takes over. The SCO server software division and the SCO Professional services division was earlier sold too. SCO remains mental owner of the open server technology. The price consists of 23 million US dollar and after one year further eight million dollar. 16 million shares of now enterprises renamed in Caldera internationally Inc. turn into likewise. "Web enabling ServerWare" Tarantella as well as a participation in the profits by the open server remains with SCO.

05. February 2001 Microsoft renamed further Windows Release to "XP"
The abbreviation "XP" stands for Experience and is used on future Windows and Office products. Thus the past naming after year is given up.

08. January 2001 Linux Kernel 2.4.0 released
After a development time of 2 years the new Kernel 2.4.0 is finally finished for users and officially released by Linus Torvalds. Beside improved equipment support as well as Plug&Play now a 64-Bit file access (VFS), up to 64 GByte RAM support and a perfectly revised network subsystem are contained according to standard. Under it is available for the Download. (linux-2.4.0.tar.gz, 23,2 MByte)



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