Â (note this is a guest post from Tenox)
Lately I’ve been very busy with several projects and noticed Aclock was lacking love for quite a while. For those who don’t know Aclock is a tiny C application that a small number of trusted volunteers and myself have been compiling to run on as many computer platforms as possible. The number of unique binaries is approaching 200 but is still short by few. As summer time sets in, some more fortunate of you will get extra free time, so I’m calling for volunteers to help to bring the gap and possibly go beyond.
Additionally I see more people looking for some particular operating system or piece of software and unfortunately nothing new for me to trade for and the gap is ever growing. Here is a chance to trade your time for some otherwise unavailable pieces from my collection. 😉
Here is a list of most wanted builds:
- HP-UX <= v8 on 300 series, possibly via emulator
- HP mkLinux
- VXworks builds for non-x86 CPUs
- Sprite on GXemul
- 8086 ELKS
- VenturCom VENIX/86
- Research Unix, v6 and v7 and others on SIMH
- OS-9 on Xroar
- Power MachTen on PPC Mac
- VXworks != i386 [port available]
- NCR Tower Unix
- PowerMAX UNIX
- AT&T 3B1 / Unix PC
- 286 Microport
- 286 Coherent
- HeliOS most specifically interested in this
- Microware OS-9 [code port required, documentation available]
- Micronix [binaries]
- LynxOS != i386
- Amdahl UTS
- OpenSolaris new CPUs eg ARM, PPC
- CX/UX Harris/Concurent Unix
- RISC iX – Acorn SysV Port on m68k
- iOS (as in iPhone iPad) needs updating, I can pay dev license
- Windows RT on ARM
- More IA-64 platforms
- More x64 platforms
- Any other platform you may think of…
Operating system are mostly available. For some I will supply the OS. For others you will know what to look for. Whats required is your time and determination.
Some house keeping rules. I’m looking for a large amount of platforms (CPU+OS combination) and not multiple versions of the same OS. Generally if you can compile for OS version 1 and this binary works through v2 and v3 I would prefer version 1. Only if the OS has changed dramatically between versions I would want to get a separate binary. Secondly I’m currently NOT looking to get aclock ported to language other than C. So if a particular operating system doesn’t have C comparator, I’m not interested.
If you decide to work on any of this please let me know ahead of time.
I’m always interested in more screenshots and pictures of aclock running on various terminals and windowing systems.
I didn’t see GEOS or Contiki for the C64 on the list. If there’s interest in either of those I’m willing to take a stab at it.
Yes most definitely! These slipped away from the list because my first priorities are Unix-ish sytems. 8 bit platforms are a whole other story. I’m actually poking around z88dk to get it ported to many z80 based computers. So yes yes and yes. And there also is 16bit GEOS, PC, Nokia Communicator…
Well I have a working C64 binary (which is useless as there’s no clock on the machine) and an almost perfect C64/C128 GEOS binary (http://i.imgur.com/8a4pd7v.png). Once done I’ll make sure it works on Apple II GEOS and email you the code and binaries.
I’ve also pulled down the PC/GEOS SDK which includes the the Nokia communicator tools. I’ll see what I can do there.
Finally, if I can ‘find’ a copy of MachTen for PPC Mac I’ll take a stab at that one.
WOW thanks a lot! Can you also send a screenshot of it on Apple II GEOS?
I remember there was a separate Nokia 9000 SDK but I can’t find it my archives.
I do have and will supply PPC MachTen.
Apple II version screenshot: http://imgur.com/3ufCQle
Cool!! Would it be a big deal to change the FontHW variable from 2 to 1 and recompile and take a new screenshot?
Thanks a mil!
Done! Updated Apple II Screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/wXngrV2.png
Bonus: C64 Version on real hardware: http://i.imgur.com/MDOvNc5h.jpg
I’ve also just sent you the PPC MachTen binary and screenshot. http://i.imgur.com/cJOngEYh.png
It shouldn’t be too hard to get this working on an Apple IIgs running GS/OS (Apple’s 16bit GUI for the machine), but alas I don’t have any dev tools for the platform. Unlike the 8-bit Apples, it came with a RTC.
I forgot all about GS/OS. Orca/C seems to support GS/OS output too. Looks like its still commercially available though, so might have to look for some other options.
Wow thanks a lot!! Could you also make a screenshot on Apple II GEOS?
There was a special SDK from Nokia. I’m not sure if you can build it using PC/GEOS SDK, but for a simple app it may just work.
I will supply PPC MachTen.
I have the SDK, so I can port it to my N9110i (GEOS) and run. 🙂