Paul Allen's DECsystem-10

woodelf bfranchuk at
Wed Jan 10 11:33:06 CST 2007

Ethan Dicks wrote:

> ADVENT was always FORTRAN (until it was ported to BASIC in the
> 8-bit-micro era, and C as well for UNIX, then 16-bit micros). 
It is the PDP8 version of source that was lost. I suspect it still
is on dec tape somewhere.
> When
> you say "MDL", you are probably thinking of Dungeon/Zork.  The sources
> are not lost (there's a copy on Bob Supnik's pages), neither are
> compiled versions for at least TOPS-20 (it's on the Panda distro), but
> what _is_ lost, AFAIK, is the MDL compiler and environment.  So one
> can inspect the source (at least one version, anyway), and one can
> play the game (two versions for 36-bit that I've personally run), but
> not turn source into a playable game.
Nothing like closed source languages. :(

I just got ADVENT running on my SBC6120 only to discover the terminal
I am using has a flakey keyboard. Just what do you use for a termial
with the SBC6120?

> -ethan

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