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4DOS != bloatware (Announce)

posted by Rugxulo(R) Homepage, Usono, 10.05.2008, 03:49

> 4DOS is bloatware. A shell should be minimalistic and consume as little
> memory as possible since it's required to be running. Too much hogging of
> memory leaves too little for applications.

IIRC, it only uses approx. 250k conv. memory (and that's when no XMS or EMS is found). That's bad if you need that low memory, but indeed only an 8086 really has that problem. Everybody else lets it swap to XMS/EMS. Of course it's more "bloated" than COMMAND.COM, it includes more functionality (attrib, deltree, move, replace, touch, xcopy). If you want even slimmer, use FreeCOM, but it's not nearly as powerful. I like both (just haven't learned 4DOS yet: todo!).

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