Windows 95 was 30MB, or about 4 full reloads of the Mastodon home page.
@sir Because it had to be. Not only because of the RAM and CPU limitations of the time, but it had to run everywhere for as many people as possible.
Most companies and devs now just target the latest machines and browsers with fast/unlimited bandwidth.
Constraints demand creativity. Maybe an economic downturn will force some efficiency in the software world again.
@middlepath the requirements for targetting "as many people as possible" haven't changed - devs just stopped giving a shit about a lot of them.
There was even a song. This video clip is relatively modern, but the song is from the time, making fun of the song Start It Up as used by Microsoft for the Windows 95 campaign: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc4JbzPqups
(the words get filthy by the end btw )
@sir in the early 2000s I ran Windows 98 on a laptop that had a 3GB hard drive. You'd need at least 5 drives that size just for a base install of Windows10. In contrast, @trisquel GNU/Linux base installs have grown a bit over the decade or so I've been using it as a daily driver, but nowhere near that level of exponential growth.
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