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For nearly all machines with BASIC, I would expect any non-BASIC programs to use BASIC's workspace. Also, people (inc me) would not allow the OS to get a look-in and use its memory too ;)


The Commodore 64 advertises 38911 bytes free for BASIC upon startup. It's a 64kb machine. Non-BASIC programs could use the full 64kb rather than the ~38kb. Therefore using more memory than is available to BASIC was routine. The difference was primarily that BASIC and the rest of the kernel don't need to be present, so if you're not using them then you can ...


Answers for the Apple II: (Please have a look at this answer to understand the memory layout, and where the areas used by BASIC are placed). 1) Were there any games/software that used memory beyond what was advertised as available to BASIC on the machine? Assuming that "advertised as available to BASIC" means "between $801 and DOS", then yes, machine ...


TL;DR; Dropfiles are somewhat related to virtualization as they allow to remove a process complete from execution and restart it later. Agent_L describes it quite head on as 'per-process hibernation'. A whole process will be taken off a machine with the option to restart it later on the same or another machine under the same or another user. Dropfiles are ...

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