[ubuntu-uk] Bloatware was memory lane

Tony Arnold tony.arnold at manchester.ac.uk
Mon Nov 12 23:22:41 GMT 2007


Ian Pascoe wrote:
> Hi Norman
> Yes, when I think back to my Beeb days and the Inter suite of office
> applications on clever 64k ROMs, against today's Office applications - Open
> Office org is 108Mb for a Windows installation, 135Mb for Linux, I do really
> wonder what's happened.
> Some of the bloat is down to increased feature sets, and better more
> efficient (?) ways of doing things and of course wysiwyg.
> However, I wonder how much bloat would disappear if developers had to go
> back to programming in machine language and not through a nice interpreted
> language like C, Python, Java etc

Minor point, but C is compiled, not interpreted. And Java is compiled
into a virtual machine byte code which is then interpreted!

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