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OSNews, Generic OSes GEOS managed to offer nearly all the functionality of the original Mac in a 1 MHz computer with 64 Kilobytes of RAM. It wasn't an OS written to run on a generic x86 chip on a moving hardware platform. It was written using immense knowledge of the hardware and the tricks one could use to maximise speed. Note: After a small break, here is another one of the articles for the Alternative OS contest.
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Hard to develop -> lack of apps
by kikan on Fri 25th Aug 2006 07:58 UTC
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Great OS, I remember installing a copy everywhere I could, just to show what could be done with small hardware. I used it as my Primary OS for years, as I was comming from Atari ST and feeling disapointed by the PC.

In 1991 ou 1992, I bought the developer guide (only) for Geoworks Ensemble (which cost about 150 ). About 4 kilograms of very interesting reading, nice APIs, all object and C.
But, to make a "Hello, world !", you needed 2 PCs, one with Windows, and one with Geoworks, and a laplink cable linking them. I didn't have to many computers at this time.

I think that's a reason why there where so few apps : too difficult to develop, even if you could find some help on newsgroups (Internet was slowly appearing in France). And I was not skilled enough.

I still own a little compaq notebook, simply installed with a DOS 5 and Geoworks. Sometimes I boot it, just to remember how nice it was.

Edited 2006-08-25 08:10

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