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[4]: Comment by The123king
by henderson101 on Tue 12th Nov 2013 14:33 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by The123king"
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Was writable LiveCD technology common then at all? What OSs allowed that?

Which has what to do with BeIA? The most common way BeIA was distributed was on Flash, but it would run from any device that Be had written block device drivers for. For example, the DT300 Webpad has a compact flash card internally. Other units used different flavours of flash storage. None used ant kind of CD based medium. CFS was a compressed version of BFS, more or less. The version I used had spotty support for attributes as I remember it. The built in Search and live queries flat out didn't work, at least from Tracker. CFS was definitely nothing to do with CDFS.

The Floppy was just not writeable due to the size restrictions of what they managed to do cram in.

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