[Oberon] Re (2): Oberon history.
peter at easthope.ca
peter at easthope.ca
Sat Jan 2 18:29:34 CET 2021
From: Pablo Cayuela <pablo.cayuela at gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 2021 23:02:58 -0300
> I thought that an entire chapter on how Oberon works on Ceres machine is
> not completed right now because since Oberon was ported maybe we are all
> concentrated on the other platforms (that we do have);
For me there are two constraints. Information. Time. Certainly a
chapter about Ceres would be desirable.
> where are the original code for putting to work a Ceres computer (1,
> 2, 3?) with Oberon (System 3 I guess)?
> It is even mentioned on PO2013 that some parts of the original Oberon
> System (bootloader?) were written in assembler, ...
The easiest way is for someone with a working Ceres to donate the boot
software. I don't know any individual possessing a Ceres. Probably a
few remain in Europe. The Computer History Museum has more than one.
A person living near the museum can become a member and initiate
restoration of a Ceres to working condition. Then the boot code will
be accessible. If you want to take a sabbatical year or so in
California, there is a nice possibility. I live beyond commuting
distance and can not volunteer for such project.
The Oberon sources are in the original Project Oberon book.
> I know that Ceres computers are not available easily but some
> retrocomputing hobbyists gave a second chance to too many computers
> and if that is the case for Oberon System on Ceres, there is a need to
> have the original code and bootstrapping sequence described to
> reproduce it all over. At least for study purposes or history
Another possibility: the Web site you mentioned has an interesting
page describing computers built with wirewrap and with breadboard
wiring. http://www.cpu-ns32k.net/Gilbert.html Hypothetically, there is
a possibility of recreating a Ceres machine.
A further possibility: the Web site you mentioned has an interesting
page about implementing(?) a NS 32xxx in FPGA.
Regards, ... P. L.
Tel: +1 604 670 0140 Bcc: peter at easthope. ca
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