first Classics (WAS Apollo DN systems)
ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Fri Aug 18 16:17:09 CDT 2006
> Depends. If you are coming from a Unix/Linux world, *or* started out with
> the GWBASIC crowd, a Tandy (CoCo|Model3/4|etc.) might be easier to get
> accustomed to as there will be less of a learning curve with the Basic (or
> in the *nix case, OS-9 on a CoCo). Parts are still cheap, plentiful, and
> some are even swappable with the IBM scene; not to mention utilities to
> write to cross-platform floppies & whatnot; which is a bit tougher in the
> GCR world.
> However, I agree that if it is your first foray into the world of classics,
> a small cheap 8-bitter is definitely the way to go.
If you're interested in going that route, the 2 machines I'd recomend
would be the CoCo series for much the reason you gave (OS-9 is an
interesting operating system) and the BBC micor (excellent BASIC and
assembler built-in, lots of standard interfaces built-in, plenty of
software and docs on the web).
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