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[4]: 4 Floppies
by jockm on Fri 7th Jul 2017 22:58 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: 4 Floppies"
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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[5]: 4 Floppies
by Kochise on Sat 8th Jul 2017 03:58 in reply to "RE[4]: 4 Floppies"
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Come on, forget it, on Atari there was as much standard as there was of programs. The only common denominator was raw text file, and this could even be screwed up with extended characters (accents, msdos graphic chars, ...)

So if you bring database format and scripting language on the table, there's no hope you can get something working anytime soon. And speaking of soon, shows that papyrusauthor is stating to "Release soon" since 2014.

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Edited 2017-07-08 04:09 UTC

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RE[6]: 4 Floppies
by jockm on Sat 8th Jul 2017 05:26 in reply to "RE[5]: 4 Floppies"
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My comment was in regard to kovacm's assertion that papyrus was better than Access. He was comparing apple's to oranges, and looking through nostalgia tinted glasses.

I am sure it was an awesome app, so was Ami Pro for Windows — for it's time.

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