Atari-source Goes Drupal!

Hello everyone, as you can tell Atari-source.org looks VERY different. That's because we've upgraded to Drupal. What you see here is most certainly not the final iteration. The old content can be accessed by clicking here: http://dev.atari-source.org and will be there for some time while content is migrated. This is most definitely not the final format of the site and things will most certainly change in the coming weeks. Part of this change is a shift in the meaning and purpose of Atari-source.org. The site will now mainly focus on Articles, Reviews and my Blog rather than News.

Open Source and Atari

As the title would suggest, this is an article that goes into depths not so much about the concepts and ideals of open source but instead dilvulges in plain detail how open source has helped the world, and specifically Atari. It will also go into detail as to describe my future plans and how open source could lead Atari to a very bright future.

To start we should probably go through a little bit of background of about how open source software has helped Atari already. Although the MiNT license may have originally been a proprietary closed one, I am unsure, MiNT is now very much so open source. The MiNT licensing scheme is a very BSD style "do whatever the hell you want with this code" idea. The MiNT kernel is perhaps one of the most unique pieces of software in the industry and one of the reasons Atari computers have remained so attractive to me in this day in age, along with the amazing power of MagiC. MiNT closely resembles a typical Unix kernel. The one most people would tend to be familiar with is Linux which originally started on Intel x86 platforms but is now portable to even Atari computers today. Unix kernels and operating system ideals offer a unique set of advantages and disadvantages. I believe that for both the knowledgeable and novice computer user, the benefits are endless. A typical unix kernel offers POSIX compliance which means a uniform programming and interface. There are several other features but my knowledge is not good enough to accurately detail them.

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What are GEM Resource Files?

If you have never really dug into Atari's and aren't a programmer or technically minded (there aren't many of you ;) ) then you probably wonder what those .rsc resource files are and why they are needed. Maybe you are technically minded but never really found an explanation. This help guide explains what those pesky .RSC files are.

The .rsc files are GEM resource files. They contain graphics, window and menu definitions that a program uses. They define what a progam looks like, what dialogs or windows it contains and importantly enough, what language the program is in. The resource tells your AES environment how to display the program and the program calls on this resource to display things at certain times.

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Octopus BBS

Octopus BBS with Telnet
Screen Shot 1 | Screen Shot 2 - Screenshots updated October 15th, 2004

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Octopus BBS Changelog/Todo list
Last updated September 19th 2004
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Todo List:
- Integrated usenet access via internet access on the host computer and perhaps newswatch.
- Implement a reliable file transfer system using lszrz or another

Blog Entry

Today I worked on gnu gettext a bit and decided that we need the latest version of rpm and apt-rpm. With such a thing we would be able to create different sparemint repositories say for the 68060 user who wants the absolute maximum tested optimizations compiled in with gcc 3.3.3. This allows us to still maintain a sparemint archive for gcc 2.95.3 for the users with lesser systems. An interesting idea but will require some work. GTK 2.2.x is coming along but stuck on a bug.

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