[Oberon] Oberon history.

Pablo Cayuela pablo.cayuela at gmail.com
Sat Jan 2 06:27:41 CET 2021

The article begins with: "Editor's note: On June 1, I participated in a
meeting led by Niklaus Wirth. The meeting was attended by a small
group of hard-core
hackers, most of them from the Sacramento, California area...
I decided to go back to my tape of the meeting and see how Niklaus
himself presented
the language. "

And it says he was on a sabbatical that year for a second time in his life.

It's really interesting to read Pournelle's article (I was delighted by his
notes on Byte always, even read his Science Fiction works), and also
interesting to read about Sage computers, and to have a glimpse on the
diversity of computers and systems of that time, it was really an exciting
time! (In those years I learnt Basic on Sinclair computers as a little boy)

I never heard Prof Wirth in notes from the 80's or even 90's or before,
only what's on youtube nowadays but I had the pleasure to talk to him in
2017 by Skype when he was visiting Moscow hosted by Fyodor Tkachov.

Thank you Chris for those references!

On Sat, Jan 2, 2021 at 1:10 AM Chris Burrows <chris at cfbsoftware.com> wrote:

> > From: Oberon [mailto:oberon-bounces at lists.inf.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of
> > Pablo Cayuela
> > Sent: Saturday, 2 January 2021 11:04 AM
> > To: ETH Oberon and related systems
> > Subject: Re: [Oberon] Oberon history.
> >
> > Following some links on NS32000 CPU I found today an article in a
> > magazine about a talk by Professor Wirth in 1985, USA (see the index
> > on first page).
> > It mentions that he is working on a new Modula II (sic) compiler for
> > the NS32000 and also an operating system (!), no mention yet of the
> > name Oberon.
> >
> > http://bitsavers.org/magazines/Micro_Cornucopia/Micro_Cornucopia_%232
> > 5_Aug85.pdf
> >
> > The author mentions having a tape of the conference and transcribing
> > some parts, and I wonder: anyone have audio registers (or video or
> > links) of conferences of Prof. Wirth from the 70's, 80's? In youtube
> > there are some from the 90's on I guess.
> >
> > Prof Pablo Cayuela
> > Argentina
> >
> Professor Wirth presented on Feb 9th 1985 at the 'Stride Faire 85' held at
> the MGM Grand hotel at Las Vegas.
> http://www.sageandstride.org/html/feb_1985_6.html
> Maybe this was the one you were referring to? Unfortunately 'the MGM hotel
> forgot to make the tapes':
> http://www.sageandstride.org/html/apr_1985_13.html
> Jerry Pournelle wrote about it in the July 1985 issue of Byte magazine:
> https://worldradiohistory.com/hd2/IDX-Consumer/Archive-Byte-IDX/IDX/80s/86-87/Byte-1985-07-OCR-Page-0346.pdf
> https://tinyurl.com/ydhkza9d
> It is also mentioned in the blog by Rod Coleman the founder of Sage /
> Stride computer and organiser of the Faire, including a photo of him with
> Niklaus Wirth:
> (Search for 'Stride Faire 85')
> https://suddendisruption.blogspot.com/search/label/Booting%20Sage%20Computer
> https://tinyurl.com/yaddlwlm
> Regards,
> Chris
> Chris Burrows
> CFB Software
> https://www.astrobe.com
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