[Oberon] Systems that work

Douglas G. Danforth danforth at greenwoodfarm.com
Sun May 18 18:40:37 CEST 2003


A story:
Several months ago my main hardisk started to show signs of total 
failure. I did a lot of CD backups and then decided to have it replaced.
The local Microcomputer store essentially forced me to upgrade my 
Windows ME operating system to Windows XP which I did (reluctantly).

Now neither my Canon Multipass C5000 nor my Jaz drive work!  By 
downloading some none Canon software I can at least print to the C5000 
but the scanner is non functional.  It turns out that Canon can not get 
a reliable device driver working under XP.  Now note, the hardware is 
unchanged on my fax/copier/printer the cables are the same, the CPU is 
the same.  It is only the operating system that has changed and yet the 
maker of the hardware who had a perfectly viable driver for Windows ME 
can not get it to work under Windows XP!  (The Jaz issue I have not 
fully investigated since I have a scsii to USB converter on the cable. 
I will probably have to buy a scsii board.)

This Microsoft dominance is another reason for sticking with the Oberon 
language and the various Oberon operating systems.  At least one can 
"see" what is going on internally.

We need the Oberon alternative.  Hang in there!

-Doug Danforth

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