[Coco] The torch is past, the spirit lives on... :-) (OLPC, simon6809, and Dunfield tools)
mark at cloud9tech.com
Mon Apr 14 08:22:44 EDT 2008
GREAT to see you, the simon6809 board and your work. VERY impressive!!!!!!
At 4/13/2008 01:06 PM, you wrote:
>Inspired by the Fest, I got my Dunfield (http://www.dunfield.com/) 6809
>compiler's runtime library retargetted to support the simon6809 board
>It really wasn't too hard -- Dave's toolchain is actually quite
>nice to use. His compiler is a little quirky, but quite capable.
>It's only major drawback is that it is DOS-based, but it seems to work
>just fine in DOSBox. I guess that is close enough to Linux friendly
>for me, all things considered. :-)
>I also brought my son's XO laptop from the OLPC project
>(http://www.laptop.org) to the Fest. It's focus on child friendliness,
>it's abundance of available programming activities, and its overall
>"cuteness" gives it a personality that reminds me of the CoCo --
>although it lacks a cartridge port...hmmm...
>Then it struck me -- since the XO runs Linux and I was doing my
>simon6809 stuff on Linux (including DOSBox for the Dunfield tools),
>I should combine the two. For me, this comes awfully close to
>recapturing some of the CoCo spirit that most modern computers lack.
>So, I took a picture:
>I'm posting it here mostly to make Boisy jealous for missing the
>If anyone else acquired a simon6809 kit and wants to use the Dunfield
>tools with it, let me know. I'll be happy to tell you how to make
>the appropriate modifications. 
> In the back of my mind I recall that Dunfield allowed distributing
>modified versions of their runtime files under some conditions.
>However, I don't remember the details and can't find any online
>reference to confirm that. I know Dave Dunfield used to be on this
>list, so maybe he can clear things up for me? I recall that he seemed
>like a clueful guy. :-)
>John W. Linville
>linville at tuxdriver.com
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