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

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[3]: Comment by The123king
by Kivada on Mon 11th Nov 2013 05:52 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by The123king"
Kivada
Member since:
2010-07-07

And none of that crap can just be compressed as small as possible until its actually needed by someone? I don't mind having the drivers on hand, but do they all need to be installed by default? It'd make more sense to compress them and if that hardware is ever detected uncompress that driver and install it, or not, since I like most people will just go to the manufacturers site and download the most up to date driver.

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RE[4]: Comment by The123king
by kwan_e on Mon 11th Nov 2013 06:18 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by The123king"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

Do drivers really take up that much space? I'd have thought it would be the .NET runtime support.

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Ah! .Net
by shotsman on Mon 11th Nov 2013 06:40 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by The123king"
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

that wonderful bit of MS Software.
48Mb download (V4)
200+Mb of patches to it.

Says it all really.

Isn't it time for a re-master?

(All sizes approximate)

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Used to save 4GB on the MacOSX Leopard install. So yes.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I have several hardrives that have a Terabyte's worth of space each, I have a internet connection that can download a DVD within about 20 minutes.

Given this situation, I would rather they package as much as possible into the OS from the go then having to constantly nag me for the install DVD.

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RE[5]: Comment by The123king
by JAlexoid on Mon 11th Nov 2013 14:23 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by The123king"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

That internet connection and the fact that mobile storage has shrunk, thanks to SSDs, are two reasons why it makes no sense to have all the possible drivers.

However, I don't believe that it's the drivers that take up that much space.

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RE[5]: Comment by The123king
by Fergy on Tue 12th Nov 2013 09:59 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by The123king"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

I have several hardrives that have a Terabyte's worth of space each, I have a internet connection that can download a DVD within about 20 minutes.

Given this situation, I would rather they package as much as possible into the OS from the go then having to constantly nag me for the install DVD.

Weird how your argument refutes your own point. Your internet connection is 3+MB/s. The software you need is probably less than 100MB which is 30 seconds of downloadtime. At best you gain 30 seconds of precious time by having everything you ever might need installed and updated.

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