What is a FAQ?

FAQ is the acronym for Frequently Asked Questions. So this is a good place to start with your first questions to find some fast answers.

What is an OS?

An OS is the acronym for Operating System. An OS facilitates all peripheral and internal devices of a computer by handling, delivering and managing their functions and data. So we can compare an OS with the blood in animal beings. It is essential for all functions of a computer. You would not be able to use your computer, mobile phone or tablet without an kind of OS. Interactive Cloud OS is essential for Open and Free Cloud Computing 😉

Are there other OS on the market?

Yes, there are many different OS available:  some historical or not often used are Xenix and Apple Disk Operating System (Apple DOS), Apple Mac OS 7 and Mac OS 8, Microsoft DOS, Novell Netware, OS/2, BeOS, and so forth…There are some new you might use today, like RedHat, SuSE, Debian, Ubuntu, other Linux OS, Microsoft Windows, Android, Firefox OS, Palm, Blackberry OS, MAC OSX, BSD Unix, Sun Solaris, Oracle Linux and iOS, just to name a few…

What for do I need a cloud OS?

A cloud OS is specialized in supporting many other Guest OS on one computer simultaneously. This allows better resource utilization and reduces the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Additionally, it is convenient, fast and reduces the CO2 footprint.

Where is the difference between Virtualization of Guest OS and Cloud Computing?

Virtualization of Guest OS is defined roughly as running plenty of Guest OS on one computer whereas cloud computing is running services virtually in many possible locations. This could be in many different countries simultaneously, using more than one computer.

With this concept, you can shift a Guest OS (or your complete services / IT infrastructure) from one location to another – from one country to another country, from one continent to another one, from earth to space…

In general, this means that you are able to get your services and all information you need from your group of servers which are located anywhere. Some marketing enthusiasts defined this as cloud, since it looks like getting information from some nebulous sources ;-). But don’t be afraid: As long you manage these sources, you can trust your own cloud!

How can I build or set up my private cloud?

Just use our Interactive Cloud OS. This is the simplest and fastest way to set up your cloud.

What is the difference between Cloud OS and cloudos or CloudOS?

hmmmm…. excepting for the spacing, nothing, it is just the same. 😉

Where is the main difference between Interactive Cloud OS and other OS which allow for Virtualization or Cloud Computing?

First of all, Interactive Cloud OS is Open Source and Free Software. You can use it without any cost, any license fees and for any purpose in any country you want. So, this is the main difference compared to commercial offers. Compared to Open Source Distributions, Interactive Cloud OS is truly optimized and designed for cloud computing.

So we simplyfied our LInux to do it’s best at cloud computing.

What is the basis for Interactive Cloud OS?

The basis of Interactive Cloud OS is Linux. We set-up a new Linux distribution from scratch, so there are no other underlying of other Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, RedHat or SuSE. We developed a true Linux Cloud OS.

Are there some other main differences to the other Free Linux distributions?

Yes, there are. Interactive Cloud OS is committed to cloud computing and installs with an user friendly Web interface out of the box. Simple, isn’t it?

Can I use Interactive Cloud OS as a normal Linux distribution?

Yes, you can. You might need additional packages, though. We are open to include other packages and services to our distribution if needed by the community, but we will keep our main mission which is cloud computing. So Interactive Cloud OS will not integrate MP3 Players, Desktop designs and some other gimmicks and gadgets for desktop use. There are many other distributions on the market which fulfill these needs, that’s should not be our main focus. Let’s say, Interactive Cloud OS is addicted to cloud computing. 🙂

Huh, is Interactive Cloud OS for Pro’s only?

Definitely not. We have a nice and fast installer, so you will be able to set-up your first virtual machine in 10 Minutes. This means Cloud Computing out of the box as a turnkey solution in 10 Minutes. You get a nice and cozy web page to do all your configuration work. No command line interface is needed, if you do your normal work. If you want to have hundreds of servers running, there are some more possibilities with the CLI, but then, it is normal to read some pages in the manual, isn’t it?

With other distributions, you will have a lot of configuration work and some ASCII-jungle ahead. With our solution, you are up and running in 10 Minutes! Combined with our fast software update service, it will fulfill your needs.

Is there support available?

YES! We offer free support on an upcoming forum. We are thinking of a commercial support by us and other partners as well. Please just get in contact with us for those questions.

Will there be more services to come?

Yes. But it is too early to tell…

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27 thoughts on “FAQ

  1. John Post author

    We did not test so far with VMware, but we tested successfully on Oracle Virtual Box 4.2.18 on Windows 7. More tests will be done in the coming weeks.

  2. jc penney @ home

    You get an A+ from me on this article. I’m sure you aren’t looking for approval, but you have really made this content very interesting.

    1. John Post author

      This sounds like a good idea. What do you wanna see? Just the WebGUI or a installation inside a VM called (Instance) as well?

      1. Rob G.

        Something that let’s a customer visit a page and log into their own virtual computer. Also, perhaps something that let’s people choose the operating systems that could be available on the cloud os with size of hdd and memory option that they want?

        1. John Post author

          Hi Rob,
          we will discuss a test site with access to the web GUI and possibility to set up an own server etc. We will block SMTP though, to prevent SPAM. I will get back to you next week with the results of the debate…

  3. Robert Greenly

    I was wondering if a customer would have a page they could log into that would be a simple slide option or drop down option for amount of workstations they wanted or that are available to them, The OS’s available, the RAM and the Harddrive space needed, along with the speed of the processor they may want with a link or something to enter into the virtual workstation. Other than that it is a great product and I plan on using it. I only ask this thinking of any IT Tech in a business who wants to use this for their virtual solution inside their company. When I say “Customer” I am not talking about a normal, “User”. Just wanted to clarify that.

    1. John Post author

      it could be easier to make a good 15 minutes video: show what a VM is, how it is configured and installed. Would this be helpful?

    1. John Post author

      We will do a video tomorrow in order to show the installation. We have some users with CDROM problems, you might need to use another drive to burn your CDs. Or, if everything fails, try to burn it to a DVD. We can send you a tested CD via snail mail if you want as well.

  4. Animesh Mishra

    Hello! 🙂 Could I dare ask the admins/anyone to actually share with me the demo links & demo login credentials? Please.


    1. John Post author

      We will release an ISO file soon. We have to insert the installation- and configuration screens…

      You can then install it onto a server or in another virtual environment (Oracle Virtual Box, VmWare, Hyper-V or whatever)….

  5. Stefan

    The iso install scipt doesnt ask me to give a password.
    Not in “simple” not in “expert” install.

    I cant do anything….

    1. John Post author

      I just tested the installation from a fresh download of the ISO image of the website. The expert installation works on HP DL 380 G5, G6 and G7. Username and password are asked in the menue… the installation runs like a charm…
      The basic installation does not ask for username and password, since this is fixed (please confer to the documentation).

      I think, this might be a problem with your system. What kind of server are you using?


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