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[2]: 4 Floppies
by Odwalla on Sat 8th Jul 2017 17:56 UTC in reply to "RE: 4 Floppies"
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Papyrus is a dedicated package for writing novels. While it resembles and behaves like a general purpose word processor it is a program for a vertical market. Saying it is 'a zillion times better' than Microsoft Word is both illogical and uninformed. It is, quite probably, better than Microsoft Word for the particular task of writing a book. It can't compare to Word for all of the other general word processing tasks that aren't related to writing a novel.

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