I have run across a new operating system called JNode. What has caught my attention is that the operating system is written in Java. I am not sure it is ready for mainstream use, but I definitely want to play with it on VMWare to see if it is something I can use.
To get started, download the iso from Sourceforge. The unzip the ISO with gunzip jnode-x86-0.2.6.iso.gz . Then, create a VMWare image that uses the iso file as the cdrom drive. Finally, boot the new OS.
When JNode boots by default, it only boots to a command prompt. To start the GUI, first run the garbage collection with “gc”. Then, run the command “startawt”.