Real-life optimization work
Posted Nov 2, 2005 20:58 UTC (Wed) by cdmiller
In reply to: Real-life optimization work
Parent article: All hail the speed demons (O'Reillynet)
I used to run X on Linux on a 386 with 8MB of RAM, and it ran faster and was much smaller than it is today on my Athalon, P4, whatever.
MS Word 4 on Windows 3.1 on a 100MHz Pentium with 16 MB RAM starts up and runs faster than Open Office or MS Word XP on modern 2GHz processors.
Wordperfect 3 fit on single 360KB floppy diskette, 2 diskettes if you wanted to use the spell checker.
There was a word processor with support for 20 languages for the Apple II, running in 64KB of RAM.
I would venture to say, percentage of resource use wise, older software was far less bloated in general than what we have today, Free or closed source.
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