Linked by Davon Shire on Wed 23rd Feb 2005 21:51 UTC
Editorial Amazing is the recent interest in full, live, operating systems that can fit on a 50 MB CD-ROM. It's totally astounding that they can cram so much onto such a tiny disk. But wait.. let's run back to the days of old.. back to say 1988.
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RE: Days of Lean I Remember
by Ken on Wed 23rd Feb 2005 22:22 UTC

Ah, nostalgia. My first computer was a TRS-80. Later, I could be found playing solitare on a 286 with a monochrome monitor. Sure I yearn for the simpler old days.

We need to face reality. Neither Linux nor Windows is suited for for old or skimpy hardware. They both need the equivalent power of a mainframe, that is what modern pc's offer, and that is why both are now excellent choices. Code and features have bloated because rewriting is expensive while memory and storage are cheap - economics rather than laziness. If you have taught your students to value "reusable" code, you have helped cause the bloat but it was the right thing to do.