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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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Fantastic.
by Quag7 on Fri 25th Aug 2006 15:15 UTC
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2005-07-28

Fantastic article - amazing how in-depth this article was for an OS that is such a relic today. I first tried GEOS just as it came out because the Commodore press was really excited about it. I remember the excitement of WYSIWYG word processing and using multiple fonts. Unfortunately my system was tied up hosting a BBS most of the time so I didn't get much of a chance to do much of anything else ;) I stupidly sold off of my C=64 in college but I have a few relics from GeoWrite lying around, including some old printouts of BBS adverts for my system using the super-retro-l33t computery Cory font (which I see you include in one of the screenshots in the article).

I used Fleet System 2 to write papers for school. I can't remember why I forego GeoWrite's WYSIWYG-ness for it (FS2 was pretty fully featured - maybe the most fully featured of all Commodore word processors, but it didn't look cool, and wasn't WYSIWYG). I was actually somewhat resistant to that whole graphical environment for reasons I cannot recall, using IBM DOS WordPerfect over the Mac offerings in college.

Looking back now on some of the data you provided, it seems even more amazing now, given my memories of what was available for the 8 bit "bittyboxes" at the time.

Anyway, fantastic article - this is what I come to osnews.com for. Thanks for taking the time to write up something in such detail about a piece of software that has sunk into obscurity over time. Top shelf.

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