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SMSQ/E

Postby flydream » Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:12 am

Hi!
There's an OS called SMSQ/E written for the old Sinclair QL (cpu 68000) also ported on Atari ST.
It is a fully functional operating system on whic is written lot of software. Programmers are still active. There is also a distro called Black Phoenix that contains many programs and utilities for work as a pc. (Some screenshots http://www.quantum.altervista.org/bpuk.htm )
I wanted to know if this OS can run on this hardware. Thank you
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Re: SMSQ/E

Postby flydream » Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:45 pm

Here there is the home page of the OS
http://www.wlenerz.com/smsqe/
some other stuff and infos about this os:
http://smsq.j-m-s.com/main.htm
http://qlheaven.blogspot.it/2011/02/fav ... grams.html
http://www.terdina.net/ql/software.html

Actually it run on any original Sinclair QL + Supergoldcard + Aurora cards (it's quite impossible to find today that expansion cards), Atari St, Q60 ( http://www.q40.de/ i think it's not sold today) and on emulators on PCs . I want to make a 68000 clone and put this os on original hardware (not emulation)
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Re: SMSQ/E

Postby simon » Wed Sep 21, 2016 5:09 pm

This looks quite interesting. Thank you for the links.
In general: if there are sources and the OS itself is suited for these "slow" maschines, it could be ported to Kiwi. But it would not run out of the box as the hardware is too different.

In the end, it all depends on the users: It might be obvious that I can't do all (hardware and all the software) by myself. Thus if you like, start a port and get help from me and the others if you have questions or if you stuck.
What I can say is, that a working basic port could be done in a few weeks if the sources are clean and have good documentation. Even if you are an average programmer. At least this is my experience with porting EmuTOS.

Anyway, I appreciate every new program. If you come around with a working port of anything (OS, game, demo, tool, ...), you would see me smiling. :-)

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Re: SMSQ/E

Postby Chris » Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:52 pm

That is very interesting, thanks for sharing.
I have come across the Q40 and Q60 before and infact according to information I found in the Q60 product information pdf, D & D systems are in the next village to where I live, I wonder if they still around.
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Re: SMSQ/E

Postby simon » Thu Oct 06, 2016 6:33 pm

Chris, really? I have found the Q40/Q60 on the net more than a decade ago. It was pretty impressive. And expensive... ;)
I once had the idea of an ATX (or other standard form factors) PCB with a 68k and other stuff to build an 68k motherboard with ISA or even PCI bus. Well, in the end there is something totally different with the Kiwi. :)
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Re: SMSQ/E

Postby Chris » Sat Oct 08, 2016 9:47 pm

simon wrote:Chris, really? I have found the Q40/Q60 on the net more than a decade ago. It was pretty impressive. And expensive... ;)
I once had the idea of an ATX (or other standard form factors) PCB with a 68k and other stuff to build an 68k motherboard with ISA or even PCI bus. Well, in the end there is something totally different with the Kiwi. :)


Yes I was there on Thursday evening for dinner with some friends, I went to the area of the postcode as it was just over the market square from the restaurant but I could find no sign of them so I guess D&D System no longer exists.

I was trying to find out if Paul (NM156) had got any further with his Gryphon but it looks like Andrew Lynch of N8VEM fame is now working on it and has made it ATX format but ultimately is making it modular with a back plane https://www.retrobrewcomputers.org/forum/index.php?t=msg&th=64&start=0&.
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Re: SMSQ/E

Postby simon » Mon Oct 10, 2016 7:10 pm

Too bad, Chris.

Oh wow, I didn't know the Gryphon neither that website. :) So far a nice design, as I can read.
I just wanted to register on their website. To promote the Kiwi and participate the community. But unfortunately they are blacklisted and my mailserver cancels mails from them.
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