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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Bloat
by JK on Thu 24th Feb 2005 00:37 UTC

I remember back in the early 90s I read a review of NeXTSTEP for Intel. The main criticism was that it was too "bloated", mainly because it needed 16Mb of RAM to run well. It's ironic that today it'd be considered extremely light weight, especially compared with it's direct descendant Mac OS X.

Do much larger modern operating systems really offer that much more? It's not like NeXTSTEP was an ultra simple OS without a GUI or networking.