Re: And WHAT exactly is being stuffed into those extra gigabytes of code lard?
Many years ago someone went through Win95 (or something) binaries and replaced all the repeated code for loops etc they could recognise with one where only one was needed. The whole caboodle fitted in 1MB!!!!!
I run Xubuntu and like to think I have a clue and have a lot of code floating about the place - mostly other peoples but even my own shows massive redundancy. Pretty much all code can be found in Knuth - if we all had a Knuth core we could all write OSes that would fit in 1MB and all our other code in 1MB and then only the DATA segment needs to be managed!