Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Mar 2017 21:14 UTC
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No fancy introduction or longwinded story about childhood memories, just a quick and relatively easy how-to regarding installing and running SymbOS on an emulated MSX2+. Since it's quite likely you're not aware of what SymbOS and the MSX are, I'll give you a short description of both.

First, the MSX is a standardised home computing platform conceived by Microsoft Japan in the early 80s. It was quite succesful in Japan, and saw decent success in (weirdly) The Netherlands and Spain, but saw little to no adoption in the United States. I didn't have an MSX myself growing up, but a friend of mine had one, and I remember playing games on it with him when I was round 7-8 years old.

SymbOS is - other than a marvellous showcase of programming expertise - a microkernel operating system with preemptive multitasking with a mouse-driven, windows-based graphical user interface. It's available for a number of Z80-based machines of the 80s - the MSX2, MSX2+, MSX TurboR, the complete Amstrad CPC 464/664/6128 range (old and new generation), and all Amstrad PCW models of the 8xxx, 9xxx, and 10 series.

Installing SymbOS on an emulated MSX2+ is actually quite easy.

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MSX in Brazil
by DeadFishMan on Wed 8th Mar 2017 13:15 UTC
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Don't know about the rest of South America but the MSX was a popular 8-bit platform here in Brazil as well until the early 90's.

It was manufactured here by a Brazilian company called Gradiente - that has since then left the market completely and the current one is an attempt to capitalize on the brand name, if I understand it correctly - although it was a somewhat limited/less capable alternative to its Japanese counterpart.

Coming from a humble household, we couldn't afford one when I was a kid but had a chance to play once or twice with it from friends and only bumped into it again years later when I worked for a company that had lots of it, unsold, software bundles (in cassette tapes!), magazines and everything, collecting dust on a warehouse once the PC-XT and the 286 took off in the Brazilian scene.

It was a nifty and fun little computer indeed...

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