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One distinctive feature of MorphOS is that it has a small "footprint". A complete installation requires less than 5 Megabytes for the whole OS.
Hehe....makes me wonder where on earth other OS-developments are going. Now, of course those other OS's might have more dingle and dangle, but first you don't really need them, and second, it is (typically) NOT comparable to the amount of resources used when you compare it to MorphOS, BeOS, etc.
It's sad that that big amount of resources on a modern system is used for the OS. As a sound technician I need all I can get, and as a desktop-user I'd like to get away with a cheaper machine for writing emails.
Well, the article DOES say that the OS does not include a TCP/IP stack, text editor, or browser.
Though how one is supposed to download a TCP/IP stack from Aminet without already having a TCP/IP, I'm not quite certain.
Right... Of course, the TCP/IP stack should be built in.
But, say, when I load my XFCE desktop, it says that about 130 megs of ram is in use. When I booted my A1200 back in the days, max 512 k was in use for the system, plus some bells & whistles I'd thrown in.
The functionality of my XFCE desktop does not in any way compare to that of the A1200 in terms of how much RAM in use. In fact, I don't think I missed anything but the weather-plugin, and of course tcp/ip as you mention, but should those take 129,5 megs of ram?
Of course the GNU/Linux system as a whole does lots more things than Amiga or MorphOS, but in the case of just using the thing I cannot see many things wich one should think required 129,5 megs of ram, and wich I didn't have on the A1200.