SerenityOS: A modern Unix-like Distro with a classic '90s interface

SerenityOS: A modern Unix-like Distro with a classic '90s interface

SerenityOS: A modern Unix-like Distro with a classic '90s interface

In our previous post we talked about the news of the modern and beautiful distro Deepin, who has brought out his new version 20.1. However, not all modern Distros tend to focus on polishing and / or beautifying to the extreme their Graphical User Interface (GUI), so much so that some tend to imitate old desktops or graphic environments unix type, such as, Serenity OS.

Certainly, Serenity OS It is not a famous Distro, but as Linux Distro at last, that is, as Free and open development It is worth knowing to enrich our knowledge about everything that exists on the Free Software and Open Source.

SerenityOS: Introduction

Before I begin to describe SerenetyOS, it is worth saying that in your Official website, its developer promotes it under the following message or slogan:

"A graphical Unix-like Operating System for desktop computers! SerenityOS is a love letter to '90s user interfaces with a custom Unix-like kernel. Honestly, stealing beautiful ideas from other systems. Broadly speaking, the goal is a marriage between the aesthetics of late-90s productivity software and the accessibility of late-2000s * nix power users. This is a system made by us, for us, based on the things we like.”Http://

SerenityOS: Content

SerenityOS: A Linux Distro From Scratch (LFS)

What is SerenityOS?

At its official website on GitHub it is briefly described as follows:

"Unix-like graphical operating system for x86 computers."

Although, more broadly, it details that:

"SerenityOS is a desktop Operating System that combines a Unix-like kernel with the look and feel of productivity software from the 1990s. It is written in modern C ++ and goes from the kernel to the web browser. The project aims to build everything in-house rather than relying on third-party libraries." Introduction to SerenityOS

And as you can see in GitHub, its Developer named Andreas Kling maintains its active development with changes (updates) that can be seen are from this year 2021. Although its last version or major update detected was one dated 2019-10-31. Surely one of the reasons for this difference is that, Serenity OS can be compiled from source, using the official guide or tutorial provided by its developer.


More explicitly, it can be added that Serenity OS is currently designed as a Virtual Machine (VM) image, and that has characteristics such as:

  • A 32-bit Kernel with preventative multitasking,
  • An IPv4 network stack with ARP, TCP, UDP and ICMP protocols,
  • An ext2 filesystem,
  • A graphics toolkit (LibGUI) and 2D graphics libraries (LibGfx),
  • A proprietary composition window manager.

Among many others, which are well detailed in its official website on GitHub. However, as an image or video is worth more than one thousand (1000) words, we advise those interested to visit its YouTube channel and see live, the last functional update of the same, of the month of December 2020, to visually weigh how far this developer has come with his project of Serenity OS.

YouTube video: SerenityOS update (December 2020)

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We hope this "useful little post" about the interesting and little known LFS Distro call «SerenityOS», which is usually striking due to the fact that despite being modern it offers a graphic style (GUI) based on graphical interfaces of the 1990 years; is of great interest and utility, for the entire «Comunidad de Software Libre y Código Abierto» and of great contribution to the diffusion of the wonderful, gigantic and growing ecosystem of applications of «GNU/Linux».

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  1.   asdsa said

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  2.   i dont have xD said

    That is not even a Linux, nor does it come close, it is just a very modified BSD to look like Windows 95 scrambled with Mac OS 9, nor does it look like any UNIX (That I know)