Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Jan 2010 23:09 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Windows As inevitable as the tides rolling in: every time a new Windows version is released, someone with too much time on his hands tries to install it on extremely outdated hardware. Sure, it won't be usable by any standard whatsoever, but it's still a fun thing to do. Of course, Windows 7 couldn't lag behind.
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Rugxulo
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2007-10-09

"Compare new OSs with DOS (where drivers where used if needed)


Yes, as opposed to DOS most modern OS' aren't total crap. There was NOTHING good about DOS and I am continually surprised that people bring it out as some example of a good OS in some way. Who the hell want to go back to maintaining 5 billion different config.sys setups for different memory needs?
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First of all, in fairness, DOS has been around forever, initially just meant as a quick CP/M-ish clone from scratch for 8086 since CP/M-86 hadn't appeared yet. The main reason for its success was because it was there first, light and fast, easy to translate CP/M apps to, and of course because it was cheaper than UCSD Pascal or CP/M-86. (I'm paraphrasing, see link at bottom which explains way more than I ever could.)

The problems with memory management were only apparent much later. It's the legacy (closed source) software that couldn't be fixed that were the big problem. But those were the days where you had to fight hard to get things to work (instead of recompile, like nowadays), e.g. DPMI, VCPI, XMS, raw, conventional, HMA, UMB, etc. Multi-boot configs have been prevalent since MS-DOS 6 (and before, introduced w/ DR-DOS), so that's a non-issue.

And just to be pedantic, there is nothing good about any OS, its only value is in the software, which depends solely on what people do with it. There have been many great DOS apps (IMHO), some still developed. :-)) If you prefer Minix or ELKS or old old Linux on your old clunkers, that's fine too, but that's a personal decision. :-P

(Tim Paterson [not me] explains it all):
http://dosmandrivel.blogspot.com/

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