Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Sat 19th Feb 2011 10:24 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Okay, source material is more than 10 years old so this is not exactly news, but I think it's interesting anyway. This BeOS promotional video is a good reminder of how powerful modern hardware truly is, what hardware should be needed for light computer use, and how laughable modern desktop&mobile OSs are as far as performance is concerned. Here are part 1 and part 2 on YouTube.
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RE[3]: beos is well done
by ciplogic on Sat 19th Feb 2011 21:17 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: beos is well done"
ciplogic
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Today the difference in memory consumption is in abstraction level and in libraries.
BeOS have small libraries, Windows 95 will work like lighting (with patch to not start with a division by zero) booting in 5 seconds or so, without SSD.
XFCE + Linux can run today on those specs (you need to pin down libraries).
Where are antialiasing fonts? Where is Compiz or any composite support? Where are huge res support that may consume more memory.
Windows NT 4 delivers likely similar outcome in the same specs, excluding that threading support was likely beter, and for certain Windows 2000.
2 threads per app are nice, but if the fact is that your UI will remain responsible is the single benefit. Few applications are here. Writing your application multithreaded in a framework like Qt, will give today the same perceived fastness (as Google Chorme does it multiprocess). So don't cry for a dead man that looked amazing in Windows 95 world, but would look just nice today.

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