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    Cp/m

    Hi,

    I am currently studying computing and IT, which is how I learn about Linux in Robert Cringely Book Accidental Empires - but this was published in 1990 before the day of Ubuntu and how Open Source is today. It was a new thing back in 1990.

    Out of interest could someone tell me if CP/M Operating System is stilled used today and is there a Graphical User Interface that uses it?

    I am not planing on leaving Ubuntu but interested to improve my knowledge.

    Thanks

    Toby

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    Cp/m

    Hi,

    I am currently studying computing and IT, which is how I learn about Linux in Robert Cringely Book Accidental Empires - but this was published in 1990 before the day of Ubuntu and how Open Source is today. It was a new thing back in 1990.

    Out of interest could someone tell me if CP/M Operating System is stilled used today and is there a Graphical User Interface that uses it?

    I am not planing on leaving Ubuntu but interested to improve my knowledge.

    Thanks

    Toby

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    Re: Cp/m

    But I mean no harm nor put fault
    On anyone that lives in a vault
    But it's alright, Ma, if I can't please him.

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    Re: Cp/m

    CP/M preceded DOS and was mainly used on 8 bit computers. I used to run it on my Excidy Sorcerer Computer back in 1978. I doubt if you could run it on a modern computer.

    The following link gives a lot of information:

    http://www.seasip.demon.co.uk/Cpm/

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    Re: Cp/m

    Quote Originally Posted by Tobster View Post
    Hi,

    I am currently studying computing and IT, which is how I learn about Linux in Robert Cringely Book Accidental Empires - but this was published in 1990 before the day of Ubuntu and how Open Source is today. It was a new thing back in 1990.

    Out of interest could someone tell me if CP/M Operating System is stilled used today and is there a Graphical User Interface that uses it?

    I am not planing on leaving Ubuntu but interested to improve my knowledge.

    Thanks

    Toby
    please don't make multiple same post in different forums it just makes for a unnecessary need to merge the threads...

    merging this thread with the identical one you started in the "Other OS" forum:http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=363956

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    Re: Cp/m

    Sorry I was not sure which forum to use

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    Toby

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    Re: Cp/m

    Here I found an emulator for CP/M:
    http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/Linux/sys...m-0.2.1.tar.gz

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    Re: Cp/m

    Quote Originally Posted by Tobster View Post
    I am not planing on leaving Ubuntu but interested to improve my knowledge.
    Consider how lucky we are to be using what was once reserved only for institutions and research facilities, and was very quickly about to become a closed / proprietary system.

    Back then, unless you worked in one of those environments, the hardware and licensing costs were astronomical (aside from those at uni's.)

    For hobbiest or small business owners, the cost of what the researchers may have considered "toy" hardware that could run CP/M wasn't inconsiderable. If you had the $$ you could actually get something up and running. A normal home user using the hardware and software that the researchers and uni's used was most likely out of the question in the mid-70's to early 80's.

    ..just my .02c ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by stream303 View Post
    Consider how lucky we are to be using what was once reserved only for institutions and research facilities, and was very quickly about to become a closed / proprietary system.

    Back then, unless you worked in one of those environments, the hardware and licensing costs were astronomical (aside from those at uni's.)

    For hobbiest or small business owners, the cost of what the researchers may have considered "toy" hardware that could run CP/M wasn't inconsiderable. If you had the $$ you could actually get something up and running. A normal home user using the hardware and software that the researchers and uni's used was most likely out of the question in the mid-70's to early 80's.

    ..just my .02c ..
    I had a AppleII clone in 1986 that had a Z80 cpu (besides the 6502) and it could run cp/m, I even had the 5.25" cp/m disks for it. But at the time I did not have the foggiest idea what it was

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    Ah, the Z80 was meant for when you intended to get serious and run things like Wordstar, spreadsheets, basic-80 etc.

    I still remember the famous wordstar "diamond" commands that you can still get a taste of with the "joe" text editor that comes defaulted to the wordstar command set.

    In hindsight, I should have been learning VI, but there wasn't any hardware strong or affordable enough for me to even try it...
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