PonyOS 2.0

A Hobby Operating System for Everypony!

What is PonyOS?

PonyOS is a new year-old Unix-like operating system.

Is PonyOS a Linux distribution?

No! PonyOS uses its own kernel, built from scratch.


What's New in 2.0?

We wanted to make sure that this year's PonyOS offered the best in pony operating system experience, so here's what we've added:


Hard Disk Images

Raw disk image in a tarball (1GB) - 154MB download; MD5: b14d7ce7bc6879d38bd8a2ce74bf4900

Mirror #1

Using the Disk Image

The raw disk image can be used with QEMU. Other emulators may work but are not supported.

Extract the disk image from the tarball and then execute QEMU as follows:

qemu-system-i386 -m 1024 -hda ponyos-disk.img -vga std -enable-kvm -sdl

(If you do not have sufficient RAM on your host, you may use -m 512 instead.)

The default user is local and the default password for that user is also local.

There is also a root user with password toor.

Building from Scratch

To build PonyOS from scratch, please use an Ubuntu or Debian-derived host.

Clone from our git repository and then run ./build.sh. Note that we do not support building PonyOS from scratch and this process may not work. Complete builds may take anywhere from thirty minutes to many hours, depending on your hardware.

The standard build set up does not include GCC or Vim. Extra scripts are available to build these, but they take work.

Git Repository

PonyOS is developed through Github. You can find our repository at klange/ponyos.


Does PonyOS work on real hardware?

Yes! PonyOS works on many different machines.

Is this really not a Linux distro?

Yes! PonyOS uses a fully custom kernel, which is why it doesn't support things like networking or USB drives.

Does PonyOS come with a compiler?

Yes! PonyOS comes with a fully functioning installation of GCC!

Does PonyOS come with a PDF viewer?


Can I put this on a bootable USB drive?


Can I send you hatemail?


Why is this release so much bigger than the last one?

GCC is, like, really big.

When can we expect the next release of PonyOS?

PonyOS has an annual release cycle.

What are people saying about PonyOS?

you have gone too far this time you fucking pony fags....

Anon, from /prog/

I just can't not believe these guys are sick fucks. Either way, getting to run vim in your shitty furry pedo OS is an accomplishment I must recognize. Fuck this shit.

Another Anon, from /prog/


Mourcore, from reddit's r/technology

This is gonna buck up my computer so bad.

mybronyalter-ego, from reddit's r/mylittlepony

Thanks, but no thanks.

Nessphoro, from osdev.org

Oh… Oh god… Make it stop



You can find me on Twitter @kevinlange.

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