See code bloat
The result of adding new features to a program or system to the point where the benefit of the new features is outweighed by the extra resources consumed (RAM, disk space or performance) and complexity of use. Software bloat is an instance of Parkinson’s Law: resource requirements expand to consume the resources available. Causes of software bloat include second-system effect and creeping featuritis. Commonly cited examples include Unix’s “ls(1)” command, the X Window System, BSD, Missed’em-five, OS/2 and any Microsoft product.
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- Soft boot
operating system A boot which resets only part of the system. For example, “If you’re running the mess-dos emulator, control-alt-insert will cause a soft boot of the emulator, while leaving the rest of the system running”. Contrast hard boot. [Jargon File] (1995-11-27)