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Comment: Re:Buying Windows 7 (Score 1) 104

Try and find a new computer with Windows 7 installed. There aren't many. I'm not even sure if the big names still offer the "downgrade".

Microsoft allows you to downgrade all copies of Windows 8.1 Pro to either Windows Vista Business or Windows 7 Professional. That is provided by Microsoft, it's not up to the OEM.

Comment: Re:Hobbiest are amazing (Score 1) 368

It's not so much that it's hard to learn. It's not actually that hard. When building an operating system dealing with all the small details of the hardware is much more harder than learning assembly. The reason why we stopped building operating systems completely in assembly was not that it was hard to learn but it was because we wanted to port them to different architectures.

Comment: Re: Really? (Score 1) 368

I'm not reallyd sure that I understand that point. To me, thst would sound reasonable for educstionsl Ãr entertainment purposes, but are there any other meaningful reasons for writing an entire OS in assembler?

Today, not that much apart from looking cool. Not a lot of programmers know assembly that well anymore so writing a non-trivial operating system completely with it is definitely something to put on the resume. It used to be necessary to use assembly get good performance, but since the late 80's and early 90's it's not really necessary anymore on personal computers.

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