Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 21st Aug 2005 14:36 UTC, submitted by AlexZOP
OSNews, Generic OSes "Based on an operating system called GEOS that was popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Breadbox Ensemble is a small (a full installation weighs in at under 10 MB) and fast suite of incredibly useful programs. While small, Breadbox Ensemble has a graphical user interface that mimics the look and feel of the Windows desktop." Read more...
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RE[2]: You're missing the point ...
by edwdig on Mon 22nd Aug 2005 03:07 UTC in reply to "RE: You're missing the point ..."
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Either you have a short memory, or you haven't used a 486. I had no problems running Win95 on an 486 SX2 66 (yes, SX, not DX). It had 8MB RAM and 420MB harddrive (with a separate compressed partition to press more applications into).

I had no problems with speed. Word 95 and IE3 were responsive and the only problem I had was that Office/Windows took a lot of my HD space.


You're not very discrimative about calling things responsive if you think Win95 on a 486 with 8 MB of RAM is responsive.

Back in the day, I had a 286 w/1 MB running GEOS 1.2. I then got a Pentium 75 w/8 MB and Win 3.11. I set P75 up next to the 286, and was excited I could finally run Windows. That excitement lasted about 5 minutes before I realized that Windows on the Pentium was slower than GEOS on the 286.

GEOS 2.0 on the 286 was a bit slower, but was still ran faster than Win95 on the P75. I don't remember how GEOS 2.0 on the 286 vs Win3.1 on the P75 went, but I think they were roughly equal in speed. Win95 on the P75 was just horrible to use.

For the record, I don't consider Win95 usable without at least a 166mhz machine and 32MB of ram.

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