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Old 2nd March 2011
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Of the ones you listed, the following are simply specialized redistribution's.. maintained or otherwise, using them instead is of debatable benefit.
  • PC-BSD is just a desktop distribution of FreeBSD, same goes for GhostBSD.
  • AnonymOS is a apparently an ancient OpenBSD 3.x fork, which is not maintained.
  • Amnesic Incognito is some partially maintained LiveCD Linux distribution.

Now as for the others, they are much smaller projects with few resources and typically not suitable as a desktop OS replacement.
  • eComStation is technically IBM's OS/2 operating system, re-branded & re-licensed, slightly modernized with some UI improvements and some extra drivers/utilities.
  • Syllable is a hobby project, based on a now defunct project, it hasn't really received much attention in recent years.. they've been focusing most of their effort on their server oriented Linux distribution.
  • ReactOS is older, it has been around for many years.. but it's not really stable yet, it's a re-implementation of Windows NT, it's still missing a lot of things and they're constantly trying to catch up to a moving target (..Windows), it's still considered "pre-Alpha".
  • Haiku is a MIT licensed BeOS clone, it's actually fairly stable, but they also haven't put out a "stable" release yet.. the lack of drivers and software make it still somewhat unusable.
  • MenuetOS is a hobby project, it has been around for a few years, but they wrote it entirely in assembler.. drivers and applications will always be a problem for this project.

Trying out alternative OS's is definitely something interesting to do in your spare time, but very little have the stability to be used for daily activities.. in the open source world the BSD projects and Linux have achieved the most.
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