What makes the OS for QL any better, different, unique ?

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What makes the OS for QL any better, different, unique ?

Postby SinclairSociety » Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:58 pm

From those that know the QL well... what to you males the OS that came with the QLs any better, different, or unique compared to other flavors of OS on other platforms.

I have heard a comment before that the OS is better... but curious what that means. Something that can back that up?

I don't know the QL OS (QDOS) yet so was curious others opinions as I journey into the QL.

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Re: What makes the OS for QL any better, different, unique ?

Postby dex » Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:15 am

For me it is simply "the Unix for the rest of us".
Simplicity and imminence of Basic combined with power of all that multitasking, networking, pipes, windows, ...


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Re: What makes the OS for QL any better, different, unique ?

Postby SinclairSociety » Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:21 am

dex wrote:For me it is simply "the Unix for the rest of us".
Simplicity and imminence of Basic combined with power of all that multitasking, networking, pipes, windows, ...


So in general terms, do you feel QDOS is easier to grasp for a commoner like me versus learning Linux or Unix?

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Re: What makes the OS for QL any better, different, unique ?

Postby Dave » Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:30 am

Oh, yes.

Absolutely.


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Re: What makes the OS for QL any better, different, unique ?

Postby Peter » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:00 am

Although the QL came earlier than ST and Mac, the multitasking scheduler was already preemptive - technologically superior to the cooperative multitasking of the other machines, where every program could block the whole system.

The ease and power of networking was amazing, you could access windows, filesystems and peripherals on remote machines with a few BASIC commands.


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Re: What makes the OS for QL any better, different, unique ?

Postby Pr0f » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:49 am

For me the extensibility of QDOS and it's partnering BASIC.

Although it lacks protective memory management, it does offer methods to allocate and deallocate memory and mechanisms to link blocks of memory for jobs and drivers.

At the time it came out the QL was ahead of the curve and hampered only by some cost cutting hardware choices, which come back to bite us time and time again. That being said, I think it's created a group of people who have had to stretch to get the most out of the platform. Would we have had Linux without the QL ?


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Re: What makes the OS for QL any better, different, unique ?

Postby janbredenbeek » Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:04 am

Pr0f wrote:Would we have had Linux without the QL ?

Maybe not, since Linus Torvalds has written programs on the QL, including an assembler and editor (according to Wikipedia). I wonder if they're still around somewhere.

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