Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Jan 2010 23:09 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Windows As inevitable as the tides rolling in: every time a new Windows version is released, someone with too much time on his hands tries to install it on extremely outdated hardware. Sure, it won't be usable by any standard whatsoever, but it's still a fun thing to do. Of course, Windows 7 couldn't lag behind.
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Why hardware... is outdated?
by dulac on Sat 9th Jan 2010 00:00 UTC
dulac
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2006-12-27

If it works... it's ok!
Ignoring new uses, and the need to Processing power, it is the OS that is pushing the limit.

I always wondered about the big mess in development.
It is BIG in size... and that is alway a trouble to that hardware leaved behind... and is occasionally has some of the old spaghetti of BASIC in its structure.
Not very clean, to clean later... and later...

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Still have a Compaq laptop running at 133MHz and 64 MB. Still fast. It used W95 but now uses WME in a LitePC Install from http://www.litepc.com/
Still fast and usefull... but NEVER has touched the internet NOR had any new istalations besides the original intended (compilers and MAME-064)
Even XP can be reduced to be efficient, But needing a 400MHz CPU and 256MB of RAM.

Compare new OSs with DOS (where drivers where used if needed). The predictions of Object coding failed when opened the door to fast and not planned programming.
It would be expected to have Libraries loaded according to the hardware, configuration and occasionally with demands. Did it happen? A bit.

But look at "other OSs" like http://www.menuetos.net/ (now turned to 64bits) and http://kolibrios.org/ (32bits and Menuet based). There are a lot of other examples.

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It seems it is not as much what we do, but how we build it.

Edited 2010-01-09 00:06 UTC

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