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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Nice to see some ongoing work
by madcrow on Fri 10th Mar 2017 15:26 UTC
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SymbOS was always a favorite project of mine. The only other 8 bit OS that comes close to its technical sophistication is Microware OS-9, which was written for a much more multitasking-friendly CPU (the 6809) and as far as I know, never had the cross-platform graphics/GUI layer. The basic single-tasking GUIs like GEOS don't even come close.

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