[Oberon] The Oberon answer to Arduino
jan at verhoeven272.nl
Mon Dec 31 00:43:44 CET 2012
On Friday 28 December 2012 01:29:33 Aubrey.McIntosh at alumni.utexas.net
> Thanks for all of your correspondence. The links to the boards are
> useful and I am studying them. I cannot disagree with anything that
> you have posted, and I do want clear and honest remarks.
I sank enough money into valuable projects (i.e. PCB's and parts) in
which only I was interested, in the end, to be able to warn other
people thinking about doing the same.
> A question that I must look deeply into is "why not just buy the CFB
> system and a board?"
making for a pound, what you can buy for a fiver.
And that is what sets us, engineers, back. After my disappointing
pinguino software adventure I once again come back from all the free
stuff. When "free" means "unsupported" it ends up like being
not-so-free in the end.
Probably the CFB system/boards are the best choice, in all aspects.
> What do I want to *do* with Oberon, anyway?
1: a cross compiler for many processors
2: an operating system for a computer with display, mouse and keyboard
As operating system for a controller it is overkill, I guess.
> It is sad indeed to spend as much effort as I did on this project and
> yet to be eclipsed. I wish I had access to KickStarter back in 2004,
> but that is not the universe that we are in.
I was about to empty my stash of of unused Z80 components with my NSSBC
project http://fruttenboel.verhoeven272.nl/nssbc/index.html but luckily
I came to my senses right after receiving the PCB's for the bus
backplane from China.
Suddenly I realized I wouldn't be able to pull this one off. So I quit
the project right there. OK, I lost some money in the project but
continuation would have cost a lot more. And two nights on the town
would be expensive as well. And most of THAT would have ended up in the
> I wish I could be a catalyst to bring forth the "Killer Oberon App"
> but I don't see it happening.
Perhaps a stand alone universal micro controller development system
(programmer, debugger, editor, compiler) written in Oberon.
Met vriendelijke groeten,
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