C64-C128 CP-M Cartridge Interest
brain at jbrain.com
Sun Dec 26 21:33:25 CST 2010
On 12/25/2010 8:26 AM, Steven Hirsch wrote:
> On Fri, 24 Dec 2010, Jim Brain wrote:
>> If true (I'm happy to be wrong), I agree a small board with the
>> minimal components might be useful to a wide range of people. But,
>> it would require someone who can write a BDOS for it.
> At the risk of appearing negative, I do not think the world needs
> another single-board CP/M computer at this moment in time.
That may very well be. I figured if I developed a cart that could
function standalone, then I have two chances for usefulness.
> In any event, I think it's the BIOS that will be required. There are
> plenty of free options for CCP, BDOS and utility suites.
Yes, as others had noted. I'll not feel bad, as I started my thread
noting I have a very weak understanding of CP/M.
That said, I think there is a market at least for an open source
schematic of a minimal CP/M system. Something that used SD cards, had 2
UARTS (one for terminal, one for modem/etc.). People like me could use
it as the basis for learning the environment without needing to find a
classic machine, and then not knowing how to prepare floppies for it. I
can attest that many more folks are interested in their CBM machines now
that there are CF and SD (FAT-compatible) drives for them.
Of course, I should point out at this point that I release all of my
designs as open source, to guard against orphan projects/products with
no ability to re-use. Thus, if someone is not a fan of open source, we
probably won't find much in common on such a project.
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