Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 22nd Jan 2017 20:54 UTC, submitted by Gunther Strube
OSNews, Generic OSes

The Z88 Development Team has released a new version of the system ROM for the Cambridge Z88 portable.

It's the result of more than a years work, with many improvements and new features: ISO character set support in filenames and international dates, faster serial I/O, improved RAM applications, better responsiveness. Rock-stable software that enables to run your Z88 for many months with re-booting.

The team also outlines its plans for the future:

The next step for the coming years is to re-implement the Z88 on low-power FPGA, minimum 10 X faster CPU, 800x600 screen resolution, up to 1Gb of RAM, SD-card filing system, VGA/HDMI output, improved operating system with new Unix-like command line Shell, ELF for Z80 executables + shared libraries, and integrated Zip arching in filing system. Emulators and developer tools will also be freely available.

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Comment by M.Onty
by M.Onty on Sun 22nd Jan 2017 21:12 UTC
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The next step for the coming years is to re-implement the Z88 on low-power FPGA, minimum 10 X faster CPU, 800x600 screen resolution, up to 1Gb of RAM, SD-card filing system, VGA/HDMI output, improved operating system with new Unix-like command line Shell, ELF for Z80 executables + shared libraries, and integrated Zip arching in filing system. Emulators and developer tools will also be freely available.

Now that's what I call OS News. I wish the mad, marvelous bastards the best of luck.

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Loved the Z88
by henderson101 on Mon 23rd Jan 2017 11:29 UTC
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2006-05-30

I only ever saw one in an electronics store once or twice, but they were very cool looking. I always wanted one and almost got one a few years back. Unfortunately, with the Raspberry PI being so cheap now and so many options for making a portable from one, the Z88 is no where near as desirable nowadays. I wish them luck though, very cool idea..

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RE: Loved the Z88
by lproven on Wed 25th Jan 2017 10:05 UTC in reply to "Loved the Z88"
lproven Member since:
2006-08-23

I got one in about 2011 -- for £11. Boxed with manuals.

I'm pondering spending 10x that for the OS upgrade & extra memory. :-)

But since you mention the RasPi, what would be cool and potentially cheap would be a RasPi case in the Z88 formfactor. Loads of batteries, a daylight-readable screen & a card slot. I'd buy that!

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RE[2]: Loved the Z88
by henderson101 on Thu 26th Jan 2017 12:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Loved the Z88"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

If it hasn't happened, it will

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Awesome!
by uridium on Tue 24th Jan 2017 11:37 UTC
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2009-08-20

Ha! I love it.

Can't wait to buy the fpga version.

Good one them.

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