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M-OS Remastered

by Murray Parkinson

Speed & Stability

This is definitely an area that Murray put a lot of effort into, in my testing I was unable to crash the app as hard as I tried. However, the speed wasn't perfect I often watched as the wallpaper drew over a blue screen.

Entertainment Applications

The only entertainment application included is a very nice WAV player widget that's built into the desktop. I works very nicely even at 3000 cycles in DOSBox (roughly a 386.) I would liked to have seen a Paint program like in Murray's past GUIs.

Productivity Applications

There is a pretty basic text viewer as well as a simple sticky note widget on the desktop. Noticeably lacking is any calculator.

File Management

This GUI doesn't have this feature

Bells & Whistles

Using the Future Library, M-OS Remastered supports VGA graphics and audio playback. Also included is an SDK to allow you to create your own M-OS applications.

Multitasking

The music widget doesn't stop when you leave the desktop to use the text viewer, run program dialog, or any of the other dialogs, which is pretty impressive.

Launcher

There is a shortcut on the desktop that you can click on to create a launcher. If only has a text box so you have to know the address of the program. I also couldn't see any way to change or remove shortcuts once they are added unfortunately.

Customization

Like most versions of M-OS, you can change the wallpaper. You can either enter the location of a Bitmap or select a plain color. Unlike GUIs with 4 bit resolutions which only have 16 color options, M-OS Remastered has thousands of colors options selectable using a set of RGB sliders.

Final

Overall, Millennium OS Remastered is a stable platform which could be made into a useful platform. It shows an obvious progression from Murray's past works and from past versions of Millennium OS.



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