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Subject: Re: is the

Author: Tom Kerrigan

Date: 10:30:08 08/02/98

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On July 31, 1998 at 18:49:12, Roberto Waldteufel wrote:


Roberto, you are one confused person.

First, there is NO "one megabyte barrier" in DOS. DOS programs that use 32 bit
addressing are trivial to write in assembly language and any self-respecting
compiler comes with a DOS extender that allows you to use as much memory as you
damn well please.

Thousands, maybe tens of thousands of games were written for DOS and use more
than 1 MB RAM. That should have been your first clue that these things are
possible. In fact, Genius 3, Fritz 3, HIARCS, MChess, ChessMaster 3000, ad
nauseum are DOS programs.

Second, the purpose of an operating system IS NOT TO CONSERVE SYSTEM RESOURCES.
Operating systems exist so you don't have to write whatever program you want to
use in assembly language every time you turn your computer on.
If you were so hot to free up your RAM, you wouldn't use an operating system at
all, and believe me, you wouldn't enjoy it. Even BASIC programs are very hard to
write and run without a compiler...


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