[Coco] Re: NitrOS-9 V03.02.01 Release

Richard E. Crislip rcrislip at neo.rr.com
Fri May 7 13:00:30 EDT 2004

Hello Boisy

On 05/07/04, Boisy G. Pitre wrote:
> All,
> NitrOS-9 V03.02.01 has been released and is available on the website at 
> www.nitros9.org for download.
> What's New
> Extra commands were added, and a few bugs were squashed in this 
> release, and more and more commonality is being brought between Level 1 
> and Level 2 distributions.  Driver names for the same hardware is now 
> the same in both Level 1 and Level 2.  Also, driver names are moving 
> toward a more OS-9/68K style.  For example, sacia has been renamed to 
> sc6551 to reflect that it is (1) an SCF driver, and (2) it is for the 
> 6551 ACIA chip.  Expect more of these types of changes in future 
> releases.
> Documentation
> This is still an area in the project that is severely lacking.  I have 
> not heard from the two people that have stepped up to do the 
> documentation... James Dagget and Richard Crilisp (sp?) were last 
> working on Basic09 documentation in Word.   The NitrOS-9 User Manual 
> and Technical Manual need to be written.

Will bring my part to the fest. You are planning to be there right?
> Future Direction
> There are still a number of things that I would like to see done with 
> NitrOS-9.  For one, splitting GrfInt and WindInt back out as separate 
> modules, like it was done originally in OS-9 Level Two.  This would 
> save on system RAM for users who don't want to run Multi-Vue/GShell.  
> Also, taking the CoCo 3 Hi-Res screen GetStat/SetStat calls out of 
> VDGInt and putting them in a separate subroutine module that can be 
> called from VDGInt or GrfInt, so that games like KQ3, Koronis Rift, 
> etc. can run without needing the 32x16 column support that VDGInt has.
> Boisy
Cruisen                                                    _|_
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