Re: OS advice

Subject: Re: OS advice
From: Matt Ion <mion -at- DIRECT -dot- CA>
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 1995 23:06:55 PDT

On Sun, 16 Jul 1995 15:23:52 -0400 you wrote:

Not to start an OS war - this is a wee bit off-topic - but just to clarify:

>the OS you are using and memory management. If you have 32MB you should
>relaly consider changing your OS to OS/2. It runs Win apps just fine, but
>gives you the added advantage of not relying on a stuid 64k user heap. The
>mem management is therefore exponentially improved.

This is true for native OS/2 apps. Unfortunately, since OS/2 provides Windows
support by running real Windows 3.1 code in a VDM, Windows apps do still have
that resource limit. What DOES help is the ability to run apps in separate
VDMs. In particular was Stui's experience trying to run both PM5 and
CorelDraw at the same time, and hitting the "out of memory" bugabooo.
Upgrading from 16MB to 32MB made not a whiff of difference. Under OS/2,
however, each can be loaded into a completely separate Windows session, each
running in its own VDM (virtual DOS machine) - in effect, each running on a
separate computer. This gives each app access to its very set of resources,
so another app hogging them won't affect it.

Again, Mac and OS/2 native applications simply don't have that resource heap,
and thus no resource heap limitations. Win95 DOES still have the heap; its
native apps DO move some processing out into the 32-bit address space, so the
heap doesn't get used up as fast, but the problem is, IT IS STILL THERE.

Of course, the best solution in this case is to use the right tool for the
job. Word, as powerful as it is, is really just an overblown "Write" on
steroids. It's a word processor, not a DTP system.

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