Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Jul 2017 19:05 UTC, submitted by leech
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Back before MiNT became officially supported by Atari Corp, there were a few attempts at adding multitasking on the Atari ST. One of them was Geneva, a multitasking environment that was very light on resources and worked on a standard ST. NeoDesk is a desktop replacement that works well with Geneva.

Quite a long time ago there were some questions posed to the writer of these great software packages, Dan Wilga, in an attempt to see if the source could be opened. After a successful petition caught the attention of Wilga, he explained he still had his Atari TT030 sitting around, with the source code for a version that was never released.

Sadly, one of the hard drives with some of the required code to build everything was damaged, and it was too expensive to have the drive fixed. Thanks to a member of the Atari community, the drive has been fixed, and this should mean we're going to see open source releases of Geneva and NeoDesk soon. New builds are being tested, and they will be released soon - followed by the source code.

This is amazing news, and a fantastic example of software conservation. Thanks to OSNews reader Leech for pointing this story out and writing the first two paragraphs of this story so I had an idea of what was going on!

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RE[5]: Comment by judgen
by henderson101 on Thu 6th Jul 2017 15:36 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by judgen"
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The problem with Windows 10 is it's trying to make your PC look and act like a phone.

Errr.. no. I have a Windows phone running Windows Phone 10 and a few PC's (mac book, desktop, Surface 2 Pro) running Windows 10, and one Linx 8 tablet still on 8.1. I can do a direct comparison. The 8.1 tablet is more like a phone OS than Win 10 Pro ever was... The PC version of 10 is actually so much less like a phone/tablet OS that it makes using the Surface 2 pro I own a lot more annoying than under 8.1. In 10 I have to specifically switch to "tablet mode", otherwise I'm dumped in to the desktop. I have to manage windows in desktop mode. The windows button on the tablet activates the start menu, which is more like the classic one. I'm really not seeing this as a phone OS scaled up at all - if you do, I might suggest you adjust your glasses a little? :-P

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