FAQ

Contents:

1. General information
1.1 What does AWOS stand for?
1.2 What is AWOS?
1.3 How much does AWOS cost?
2. Hardware
2.1 Does AWOS support PPC?
2.2 Does AWOS support x86_64?
3. Software
3.1 Is AWOS based on Linux?
3.2 Does AWOS support a GUI?
3.3 ...or a desktop environment?
4. Development of AWOS
4.1 Who created AWOS?
4.2 Who maintains AWOS?
4.3 Can I contribute? How?
4.4 I cannot write code. Can I still help?
5. Development for AWOS
5.1 Is AWOS POSIX compliant?

1. General Information

1.1 What does AWOS stand for?
AWOS is an acronym, meaning Advanced Workstation Operating System.

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1.2 What is AWOS?
AWOS is a fast, optimised, portable operating environment. It is designed to use minimal resources, and it can run on an Intel486; however, it can also take advantage of the latest hardware.

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1.3 How much does AWOS cost?
Even though it is a full-featured operating environment, AWOS is completely free and open-source.

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2. Hardware

2.1 Does AWOS support PPC?
Extremely experimental PowerPC support was added to AWOS on October 2008. However, it is untested. If you run into problems, or if it works correctly, please notify the team.

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2.2 Does AWOS support x86_64?
AWOS will boot on x86_64 machines, but it current runs in 32-bit compatibility mode. AWOS does not yet use "long" or 64-bit mode.

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3. Software

3.1 Is AWOS based on Linux?
No. AWOS is not a Linux distribution, and uses no code from Linux.

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3.2 Does AWOS support a GUI?
At the present, AWOS does not have the capability to support a GUI. However, in the future, the developers plan to support some form of the X Window System.

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3.3 ...or a desktop environment?
Although AWOS cannot run a desktop environment, the lead developer recommends real X11 applications over a desktop environment (i.e. xfm is preferred over Konqueror or Nautilus).

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4. Development of AWOS

4.1 Who created AWOS?
AWOS was created in the early 2000s by Andrew Wilcox. More about the history of AWOS can be found on his page.

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4.2 Who maintains AWOS?
Many people contribute to AWOS. Andrew Wilcox is the lead developer and maintainer of AWOS.

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4.3 Can I contribute? How?
Yes. AWOS accepts contributions of any size. You can post patches to the AWOS-devel mailing list.

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4.4 I cannot write code. Can I still help?
Sure! In addition to code, AWOS is in need of documentation writers, translators, beta testers, and more. See the Community Portal for contact information.

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5. Development for AWOS

5.1 Is AWOS POSIX compliant?
While AWOS currently does not fully implement all POSIX functions, one of the project's goals is the be fully POSIX compliant.

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