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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Size
by Poseidon on Mon 11th Nov 2013 07:22 UTC
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2009-10-31

Besides doing a lot of stuff in low level language (which explains in part the speed and size), QNX did not have to deal with all the DRM crap MS not only champions, but poorly implements.

-_-

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RE: Size
by Kochise on Mon 11th Nov 2013 12:23 in reply to "Size"
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2006-03-03

Have you ever tried to get access to QNX's source code ? You'll lot of DRM until you can. Not to speak about their "extension packages" like media codecs for QNX. No license ? No codecs, no OpenGL, no whatever...

QNX 6.1 was the last interesting community edition.

Kochise

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