Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Nov 2013 18:48 UTC, submitted by Rohan Pearce
OSNews, Generic OSes

MenuetOS sits in an interesting nexus between astonishing technical achievement and computerised work of art. The super-speedy, pre-emptive multitasking operating system is still, despite adding more driver support, more included applications, an improved GUI and digital TV support over the years, capable of fitting on a floppy disk (assuming you can find one).

MenuetOS is a technical marvel. Not only is it written entirely in assembly, it also shoves a fully capable multitasking operating system on a single floppy disk.

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RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510
by gass on Mon 25th Nov 2013 13:02 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510"
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well ... talking about full OSses ... with gui to compare (menuet, widows linux+(gnome, kde, etc))

Where the bloat comes, then? If not from memory hungry applications?
The main issue with Java and C# (while not scripted, they are compiled for a man-in-the-middle framework) is that they seem inefficient (because of garbage collecting maybe). They use lots of cpu and memory, to do simple things and are slow (to the user at least).
The scripted (ok, bash was a bad one ... but python, ajavascript and other ... ). For example, python is some kind of simplified (compiled?) at runtime.

If it is not the languages that make the OSses this heavy ... is it their design? Are they badly written? Too many abstraction layers?

Just to remind that even tough the OSses have many features today then before, and talking windowsXP vs Windows7, or windows7 VS windows8, what do they to differently that justifies the performance difference?

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