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QNX 6.2.1 CD
QNX offers a freely downloadable demonstration
of the current version of their operating system. The downloadable image
can be burned to a CD and then either installed to a hard drive or booted
directly from the CD.
QNX is a powerful real-time operating system. You may have used QNX
and not even known it. QNX is used in
industrial, network, telecommunications, medical, and automotive devices.
The following screen shots were taken booting from the CD and saving
them to a hard drive.
The desktop contains a Windows 9x like taskbar and start menu. On the
right side of the screen is the "shelf" that provides a quick way
to launch applications.
The CD version contains many more drivers and utilities and provides
much more functionality than the old boot floppy demos did. It was
very impressive that QNX could boot from a floppy, but it is still impressive
when compared to huge modern OSes such as Windows XP or current versions
(Note: I omitted the default background image to reduce the file size
of my screen shots)
This is the shelf configuration applet used for adding and removing
components from the shelf.
This is the QNX Photon File Manager. It its basic functionality is
similar to Windows Explorer or File manager.
A couple of sample applications include a calculator and an editor.
Underneath the hood QNX is a Unix-like OS. Opening a terminal window
launches a command shell.
If you so desire you can change the color scheme of the windowing title
QNX must be totally cool because it includes a cool Matrix-ish screen
The demo CD includes networking support for many popular network interface
cards and PPP internet dial up for use with real modems. Interestingly
the boot CD automatically recognized the network card in my computer and
got itself an IP address via DHCP.
Browsing the web with QNX. QNX includes the Voyager web browser, which
is a lightweight HTML 3 compatible internet web browser.
The QNX built in help also uses the web browser.
This is the "QNX Software Installer", QNX's own built in application
QNX includes a media player that can play certain audio and visual
file formats. However the MPEG player seems to have a glitch here.
Shutting down QNX.