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Tue Nov 20 10:03:47 CST 2007
On 20 Nov 2007 at 10:03, Ethan Dicks wrote:
> There was plenty of 32-bit code being written in 1989... just not for MS-DOS.
No doubt (I probably used a lot of it). But how much was available
at the debut of the 386sx? The PC world took an extraordinarily long
time to fully embrace 32-bit code. In 1989, there was Windows/386,
but that was about it from Microsoft--and it wasn't wildly popular.
I remember packages such as 386max, but those weren't applications
per se, just operating enhancements.
Even Windows 3.0 was a full year away in 1989. OS/2 2.0 was 3 years
off; Windows NT was 4 years away (and I wouldn't call 3.0 a 32-bit
bit OS because it could load 32-bit VxDs). That was pretty lame for
a CPU feature that had been available to the public since 1986--and
known, more or less accurately, by vendors for at least a year prior
Maybe the "16 BIT S/W ONLY" chips didn't help either.
In 1989 most protected-mode code was 16-bit. I recall an Intel
application engineer moaning about this at the time. I suspect a
fair number of people grabbed a 386sx because they thought it would
make things run faster--or for the hype.
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