Reflections on the stuff that has been accumulating in my drawer since the '90s. This week: Not that demo disk, this demo disk.
Mention "QNX demo disk" to any long-time QNX user and, almost immediately, they'll think of the 1.44M floppy demo that QNX released in 1997. I plan to cover that demo, but in a subsequent post. For now, I want to draw your attention to a much earlier floppy demo, which first appeared in the 1980s.
First of all, it came on a real floppy — you know, the bendable kind:
It could also self-boot, as indicated by the label in the upper-right corner. You know what that means, of course: The disk in this photo contains a limited yet functional version of the QNX OS, circa 1988. How cool is that?
I found this disk a little while ago, while rummaging through my stuff. Problem is, I still haven't dug up a machine old enough to run it. I'm guessing, though, that any x86 box with a 5 1/4" floppy drive would do the trick. When I eventually find one, I'll let you know. Who knows, the floppy may still be in good enough shape to run!
In the meantime, dear reader, if you are willing to admit you've been around long enough to remember this demo disk, I'd love to hear about it. From what I've read, it demonstrated QNX's multitasking capabilities, but that's all I know. I'm hoping you can fill in the gaps.