09 March 2016

32-bit OSes in Windows XP Era

Another retro post to celebrate XP consistency on double digit market share for 14 years as seen from http://www.netmarketshare.com. A prove that windows users are generally conservative (including Windows 7 users) and only about 10% who always want new shiny OS (considering most migrated Windows 10 users came from Windows 8.1) and those are likely who bragging their screenshot all over the internet despite far skewed reality. And I believe XP still have significant usage on non-connected/intranet/industrial computers.

XP era which started when it was released in Oct 2001 throughout 2006 until MS made (supposedly successor) Vista in beginning of 2007. The timespan itself is unusual, 5 years compared to 2-3 years for other versions. Here is few list, I have tried most them in the past though few are really hard to find.

Release date Operating System Notes
Oct 2001 Windows XP The last 32-bit *only* Windows (XP64 is Windows 2003)
SP3 in 2008, EOL 2019 (XP POSReady)
Dec 2001 OS/2 4.52 Last version, FP15/CP5 in 2005. Last update 2007
Apr 2002 Plan 9 r4 Last major version
enhanced by 9atom, forked by 9front
Aug 2002 MVS 3.8j TK-3 24bit mainframe turnkey from 1981 S/370 [Hercules]
can be patched into MVS/380 (31bit alternate to MVS/XA)
Aug 2003 Netware 6.5 Last version, SP8 in 2008. EOL 2010
Oct 2003 BSD/OS 5.1 Last version (formerly BSDi), EOL 2004
Anyone has this?
Jun 2004 UnixWare 7.1.4 Last version, MP4 in 2008
Jun 2004 QNX 6.3 6.3.2 rollup update in 2007
Jul 2004 SkyOS 5 beta Last major version, dead in 2008 and still beta
Aug 2004 eComStation 1.2 OS/2-based
Jan 2005 Solaris 10 Last version that mostly 32-bit on Intel port
U11 in 2013. EOL 2018
Jan 2005 Inferno r4 Last major version [Hosted]
Feb 2005 RHEL 4.0 U8(4.8) in 2009, U9 in2011, EOS 2012 (extended 2015)
Mar 2005 PhOS beta6 Last and beta only, enhancement of leaked BeOS 5.1
Mar 2005 z/VSE 3.1 Last version that is 31-bit [Hercules]
Apr 2005 MorphOS 1.4 Amiga-like, 1.4.5 available for free [WinUAE?]
Apr 2005 Mac OSX 10.4 First hackintosh and last version that mostly 32-bit
Last with Classic Env. 10.4.11 in 2007, Last update in 2009
May 2005 Darwin 8.1 Last available standalone Darwin
May 2005 Windows Mobile 5
Jun 2005 OpenServer 6.0 Last version, MP4 in 2009
Oct 2005 Minix 3.1 3.?.x are development releases
Nov 2005 FreeBSD 6 6.4 in 2008. EOL 2010
Dec 2005 Syllable 0.6 Dying at 0.6.7 in 2012
Dec 2005 NetBSD 3.0 3.1 in 2006. EOL 2009
Apr 2006 Zeta 1.2 Dead at 1.5.1 in 2007, BeOS-based
May 2006 Contiki 1.3 [Hosted]
Jun 2006 (K)Ubuntu 6.06 6.06.1 update for desktop. EOL 2009
Jul 2006 SLES 10 SP4 in 2011. EOS 2013 (extended 2016)
Jul 2006 Symbian OS 9.3 Last version by Nokia before turned to Symbian^1 [WINS]
Sep 2006 Menuet32 0.83B Dying.. focus goes to Menuet64
Sep 2006 ReactOS 0.3 0.3.x are development releases
Nov 2006 VxWorks 6.4 Older 5.5 in 2002 [VxSim]
Nov 2006 RISC OS 6 Last major version 6.x and 5.x [VirtualRPC]
Dec 2006 AmigaOS 4.0 First to use PPC [WinUAE]
May 2001 OpenVMS 7.3 Last version. EOL 2012 [SimH]
Oops this one before XP...
Funny how many PC commercial OSes dying/died during XP era.

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