Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Jul 2017 19:05 UTC, submitted by leech
OSNews, Generic OSes

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]: Comment by judgen
by cb88 on Thu 6th Jul 2017 13:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by judgen"
cb88
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2009-04-23

The problem with windows 10 ... is that it isn't good or usable. It practically requires an SSD to not act like a complete sloth...

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RE[3]: Comment by judgen
by grandmasterphp on Thu 6th Jul 2017 14:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by judgen"
grandmasterphp Member since:
2017-05-15

Total bullshit. Sorry mate.

1) Everything seems slow when you have SSDs
2) Running it on a normal HD seems to be okay for me.

Also SSDs are now cheap and realiable.

Software and hardware moves on.

Edited 2017-07-06 14:26 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by judgen
by JLF65 on Thu 6th Jul 2017 15:04 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by judgen"
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2005-07-06

The problem with Windows 10 is it's trying to make your PC look and act like a phone. If Windows Phone failed, what in the hell makes them think people want it on their PC??

I get it! Someone dedicated to *nix went deep undercover decades back to play the long game. Now that they're in place, they have a chance to sabotage Windows by making it look and act like the one thing MS made that failed utterly! Sneaky! ;)

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RE[3]: Comment by judgen
by Kochise on Thu 6th Jul 2017 14:14 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by judgen"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Requirements for Windows 10 are basically the same than Windows 7. Just the network bandwidth throttling is a bit weird due to telemetry.

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RE[4]: Comment by judgen
by moondevil on Thu 6th Jul 2017 17:05 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by judgen"
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2005-07-08

Android and ChromeOS require more bandwidth for telemetry.

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RE[3]: Comment by judgen
by Megol on Thu 6th Jul 2017 15:51 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by judgen"
Megol Member since:
2011-04-11

The problem with windows 10 ... is that it isn't good or usable. It practically requires an SSD to not act like a complete sloth...


Use Windows 10 - otherwise your writing gets really incoherent.

Not that it isn't for other reasons. Windows 10 isn't slower that e.g. Windows 7 for normal use even on HDD. I've experienced working with the same hardware with the same HDD first with 7 and then 10 on the same day when updating it.

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