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 feamatar on Fri 7th Jul 2017 09:26 UTC in reply to "RE: 4 Floppies"
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2014-02-25

I disagree, Microsoft Write was cool: It supported file paging, so on a 512K machine you had a chance to open a 8MB document; add RTF support, and SpeedoGDOS, and a piece of software from 1987 can create good looking documents that can be opened in OpenOffice in 2017.

And to compare it to Papyrus is unnecessary as that came years later.

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RE[3]: 4 Floppies
by kovacm on Fri 7th Jul 2017 09:39 in reply to "RE[2]: 4 Floppies"
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2010-12-16

I said that there were many other, better, programs for text processing on ST, including Signum, Protext (german version, not UK), Tempus, STeve... all this programs are much more then type writer emulators.

Signum can write nice formulas and support even right to left writing, Protext can do calculations and macros, STeve... well can to ANYTHING ;)

Papyrus come later, but I mention it because it is still in development and it is better than today Microsoft Word/Excel/Access so people should definitively check it!

Here you have bunch of ST software: http://milan.kovac.cc/atari/software/?folder=/TEXT

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RE[4]: 4 Floppies
by Kochise on Fri 7th Jul 2017 10:22 in reply to "RE[3]: 4 Floppies"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Replace Excel and Access ? Are you damn serious ? Papyrus is good, but I compare the new "Author" revision more to yWriter than anything else.

As to Microsoft Word, it was just like Wordpad on 3.1 or XP. Good enough, regarding the capabilities of the first line of ST (512K mem, matrix printers, ...)

Then Calamus arose...

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