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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8bit GUIs
by zzarko on Wed 8th Mar 2017 17:48 UTC
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First, a correction: SymbOS needs at least 128K RAM, so CPC 464 and 664 can run it only if equipped with memory expansion. Same with MSX - on MSX 1 machines only with memory expansion, but fine on MSX 2 (those usually have 128K initially). It also runs on Enterprise 128.

As for the newer GUIs for other 8-bit machines, one of more impressive ones is Atari 8-bit Graphical OS:

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