Sunday, 26 August 2018 17:11

Windows 95 anyone? Standalone app brings back memories of 24 Aug 1995

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Why would anyone want to run Windows 95 in this day and age, when the advanced hardware in use would make it nigh impossible to boot the system? Well, perhaps because one can.

Perhaps driven by that, an enterprising developer has created a version of Windows 95 as a standalone application that can run on Windows, macOS and Linux.

The application is built on Electron — a framework for building desktop applications using JavaScript and other Web technologies — with an existing x86 emulator written in JavaScript.

The emulator can run other operating systems too; in this case, it is preloaded with Windows 95.

Of course, the developer has no permission from Microsoft to create the app.

The app is hosted on GitHub and that also shows some kind of chutzpah as the code repository is now owned by Microsoft.

It appears to be prompted by the geek in many people and is probably a hint to Microsoft that operating systems that are part of computing history should be preserved and made available to the public.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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