Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Nov 2013 00:19 UTC

This is a quick demonstration of the QNX 1.4 megabyte floppy disk demo.

QNX is an advanced, compact, real-time operating system. This demo disk, released in 1999, fits the operating system, the "Photon MicroGUI", and the HTML 3 capable Voyager Web browser all on a single 1.4 meg disk!

So far no emulator or virtualizer I have tried will run this QNX demo 100%, so this is running on real hardware. The video is captured with a VGA capture device.

QNX is one of the most intriguing operating systems of all time. This demo disk is one of those things that, even today, blows my mind. Be sure to watch through the whole video, especially the part where extensions are downloaded and run from the web, all on a single 1.44 MB floppy.

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RE: Comment by The123king
by tuaris on Mon 11th Nov 2013 01:11 UTC in reply to "Comment by The123king"
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It's even more of a shame that this type simplicity, integration, and functionality is still missing from graphical Linux based desktops in 2013.

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RE[2]: Comment by The123king
by The123king on Mon 11th Nov 2013 01:34 in reply to "RE: Comment by The123king"
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But any GNU/Linux distribution is just a collection of parts put together to make an OS. It's hard to make any sort of consistent OS when there's, for example, various different windowing systems with a multitude of window managers developed for each.

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RE[3]: Comment by The123king
by jessesmith on Mon 11th Nov 2013 01:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by The123king"
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There is some truth to that, Linux distributions do tend to be a collection of parts more than a whole system. But the parent's argument could be made for the BSDs too. They are just as badly off with integration and features while being developed as a whole system.

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Care to share any specifics? I'd have to disagree about several of those points, especially functionality. This from someone who used the qnx demo floppy on a regular basis back then. There is no way its more 'functional' than a modern Linux Desktop.

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RE[2]: Comment by The123king
by No it isnt on Mon 11th Nov 2013 15:54 in reply to "RE: Comment by The123king"
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Functionality? There's no Linux distribution available with as little functionality as there is on that QNX floppy.

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