What is JeOS?
Before we begin lets ask ourselves a few questions.
When you just need to listen to music on the radio, do you turn on your Blue-Ray player, TV, and your karaoke machine as well?
When you just need to boil some water on the stove, do you turn your oven on as well and perhaps the 3 other burners along with it?
Right about now you are probably thinking of course not! I agree because of obvious reasons, why would we turn on the other unnecessary devices if we just need the one or two?
JeOS is the abbreviation of “Just Enough Operating System?” or “Just Enough OS”.
Right about now there are hundred of thousands of Windows Servers and few Linux/Unix that in essence have the karaoke machine or the oven on when it just needs to play some classical music.
If I need to setup a print server, why do I need Outlook Express, Windows Media Player, Pinball and a whack load of other not needed services installed by default drinking up precious space and resources that can be needed just spooling print jobs?
JeOS is a stripped down OS that has only the applications and services needed for the function(s) that server was meant for! FANTASTIC!
What does this mean? More space, more available resources, and more reliability for the server to do what it was intended for.
Tailoring your OS allows more available connections for processes required to the specific application or service you want to run. It becomes more reliable, secure, easier to manage and performs better then an all purpose OS.
For some Linux/UNIX experts this is not new to them as they have been customizing there servers for each task it was intended to perform. For the rest of us not so crafty in that area of OS building or have limited time on packaging and compiling there own, this is a perfect solution to getting that goal accomplished.
Almost all Linux and Unix Distributions have already created there own JeOS version.
Perhaps Microsoft can follow along with this fast growing common sense way of changing the way our OS serves the tasks we want it to do in the small-enterprise level business.