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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Comment by Delgarde
by Delgarde on Mon 11th Nov 2013 03:27 UTC
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The fact that Thom can't make it work on emulators or VMs probably tells you something about the kind of black-magic hackery that was required to make something like this possible...

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RE: Comment by Delgarde
by Soulbender on Mon 11th Nov 2013 07:14 in reply to "Comment by Delgarde"
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Uh, none at all? ;)

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by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 11th Nov 2013 09:20 in reply to "Comment by Delgarde"
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It's not my video...

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