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 jockm on Fri 7th Jul 2017 15:09 UTC in reply to "RE: 4 Floppies"
jockm
Member since:
2012-12-22

Papyrus, is still in development and it is zillion times better than Microsoft Word/Excel/Access in every single aspect.


Funny I don't see a spreadsheet module in Papyrus, nore a database agnostic front end with scripting...

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RE[3]: 4 Floppies
by kovacm on Fri 7th Jul 2017 21:47 in reply to "RE[2]: 4 Floppies"
kovacm Member since:
2010-12-16

Funny I don't see a spreadsheet module in Papyrus, nore a database agnostic front end with scripting...

There is no special or separate spreadsheet: you simple made table in document and populate it with data from database.

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RE[4]: 4 Floppies
by jockm on Fri 7th Jul 2017 22:58 in reply to "RE[3]: 4 Floppies"
jockm Member since:
2012-12-22

So database agnostic? Scripting? If you can't say both of those things then nowhere near a replacement for access

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RE[4]: 4 Floppies
by Odwalla on Sat 8th Jul 2017 17:59 in reply to "RE[3]: 4 Floppies"
Odwalla Member since:
2006-02-01

Tables in a document are not a spreadsheet. Unless I can craft complex formulas to aggregate data from various locations and process them, out to quite a large number of decimal places if necessary, then whatever Papyrus offers is not a replacement for a spreadsheet.

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