Why does a computer operating system have to be in the form of loadable software? Software that seems to take more and more RAM, for that matter? Software that is vulnerable to viruses and file corruption.
Now, here is a wacky thought. Why not create a hard-wired version that can be installed in the form of a PCI card? The basic OS runs from the card, which is read only, leaving the hard-drive free for more storage. Granted, some OS files would go on the hard-drive…mostly supporting system files for other software like Word, Excel, that sort of thing, but the primary OS would be virus-proof. It would be impossible to prevent the system from booting up no matter what other bug got on it. The RAM could be installed directly onto the card, separate from the rest of the system, making it unlikely the OS would suffer slowdowns common to minimal RAM systems.
But what about upgrades? What about them? Most upgrades are for security, something a hard-card wouldn’t need. Wanna go to a new OS? Just pull the card and install the next version. Your data on the hard-drive doesn’t have to be wiped and re-installed. This would also block piracy. Copy a disc, easy, copy a PCI card, not so much.
Now, if I can think of this I can’t believe Microsoft hasn’t. If they have, why aren’t they putting it out there? If they haven’t, well, then you heard it here first.
Not a Rant…a Solution.