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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Amiga again... :)
by Leo on Thu 24th Feb 2005 00:05 UTC

Did the Amiga had...

>smooth scrolling

Are you kidding ? ;)

>automatic hardware detection

Are you kidding ? (BIS)

>Internationalization

Are you kidding ?


Yes, Amiga had these 3 things (and a millions and TWO others) long before any other desktop computer/OS...

That said, I agree with you that I wouldn't give up today's luxaries for it. But I don't think it's the point. The point of this article (as I see it), is to wonder wether it's possible or not to have a modern operating system (with your so beloved luxaries) but without the need of so many resources as Linux/OSX/Win do (yes, no matter which one eats the most resources, all require HUGE resources).

Btw, FYI: the automatic hardware detection was called "AutoConfig" and detected automatically hardware such as: SCSI controllers,... and I mean "plug and play", not "plug...bzzzz... hardware detected... please insert driver CD".
Amiga had hardware for smooth scrollings.
Amiga could also display several resolutions on the same (physical) screen with the copper, something todays polygons gfx boards can't do and fast processors can hardly emulate...

Leo.