June 26, 2006 1:57 AM   Subscribe

OSVids shows you how to install and use alternative operating systems. Currently demonstrating a wealth of Linux systems, Vista, and soon Mac OSX.
posted by lemonfridge (10 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
What a cunch of ubuntus!
posted by kcds at 4:57 AM on June 26, 2006

That must make for some thrilling viewing.

"Look, its almost to the device drivers!! Get more popcorn!"
posted by rsanheim at 5:21 AM on June 26, 2006

I'm sure that site will be plagued with requests on how to load an obscure build of Netware or BeOS onto a three month old laptop, or inquiries on why the OpenGL drivers for a Matrox or 3DFX card aren't recognized.
posted by Smart Dalek at 5:37 AM on June 26, 2006

That must make for some thrilling viewing.

Heh. That's exactly what I was thinking. "Now we'll use vi to edit the config file so that we can actually use our hardware."
posted by smackfu at 7:44 AM on June 26, 2006

rsanheim capture my thoughts succinctly. I had a vague interest in O'Reilly's archive of various Linux distributions until the whole thing turned into "And here's another screenshot of KDE, lightly modified". Screenshots don't really do a whole lot to capture the differences (if any) between various distributions.
posted by boo_radley at 8:30 AM on June 26, 2006

I can't get sound on any of these. A shame, because I was interested.
posted by Eideteker at 9:49 AM on June 26, 2006

I haven't had to use vi to edit a config file in Linux in about 5 years. It has gotten a lot better recently.

Still, I'm wondering what the usefulness of this is. Why not just hand someone who is wondering about Linux a Knoppix CD, and let them go to town playing with it? And why would I care what the install looks like? That is the part of the system I'm going to use the least. Linux isn't Windows - you don't need to reinstall it regularly. You shouldn't need to reinstall it ever.
posted by QIbHom at 11:12 AM on June 26, 2006

i think the site is aimed more at people considering trying an alternative OS, but wants to check them out a little first. that includes the installation.
posted by lemonfridge at 2:47 PM on June 26, 2006

Im not really sure why you'd need a video of installing OS X.
posted by MrLint at 8:22 PM on June 26, 2006

Though some of these are obviously a bit less useful than others, overall it's an excellent idea for exposing the "correct" way of doing things in OSes where that is not always obvious. Installation is also especially important. Thanks for the link.
posted by beerbajay at 3:58 AM on June 27, 2006

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