Windows 95, the long-abandoned operating system of the 90’s, is now available on GitHub for nostalgic revisions.
My jaw dropped when I learned that the entire Apollo mission to the two men that had landed on the moon was caused by a computer with no more than 64 kilobytes of memory. I broke my jaw again this Friday morning when I heard that Windows 95 — the operating system that drives millions of computers in my school library and around the world — is now the only 128MB application I can download and run on my Windows, Mac or Linux computer .
Felix Reeseberg, a developer at Slack, shared a project on GitHub on Thursday that includes what appears to be a full version of Windows 95. The project contains executable files for Windows, macOS and Linux. The port is made possible by GitHub’s Cross-Platform Application Development Framework Electron. Although the original operating system requires only 4MB of RAM to run during the day, this simulated version consumes 200MB to 300MB of RAM on a Mac. This is due to the overhead raised by the electrons.
When the Electron application is launched, Windows 95 is fully booted up, and the desktop is first introduced, with an unprotected Notepad file that reads, “Hey! I’m Felix, the creator of this little dumb thing, “and the developer Twitter handle. The emulated version lets you revive the Windows experience of the 90’s by opening the classic Windows UI and applications like WordPad, Paint, and Calculator. It lets you open and play games like Minesweeper, Frisel, Hearts and Solitaire.
Windows 95 is the first version of Windows that introduced elements such as the taskbar and the Start menu, called by the Start button in the lower right corner. These elements, and many more, are still present in Windows 10, the latest version of the operating system. Windows 95 also introduces a new way to navigate through Windows that still exists today In many ways, Windows 95 was a huge leap from its predecessor, Windows 3.1.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. However, it allows older Windows fans (like me) to revisit 90s screens without being bothered by the Windows Activation window. Visit this GitHub page to get another taste of that exciting, long-forgotten Windows flavor.
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