[BBC-Micro] MOS6 - Any programmers want to see a free BBC Microfirmware?

Mark Usher mark at bbcdocs.com
Sun Oct 3 13:45:10 BST 2010


I did manage to track down the Ecolink (PC ISA Econet card) firmware source
code, but they were unwilling to let me have a copy, due to having signed
NDAs etc. Also, parts of that code were made of libraries copyright others
such as Acorn and SJ so they couldn't release those parts either. All
something of a mess and never got anywhere with it. 

-Mark

> -----Original Message-----
> From: bbc-micro-bounces+mark=bbcdocs.com at lists.cloud9.co.uk
> [mailto:bbc-micro-bounces+mark=bbcdocs.com at lists.cloud9.co.uk] On
> Behalf Of Rick Murray
> Sent: 02 October 2010 17:34
> To: bbc-micro at lists.cloud9.co.uk
> Subject: Re: [BBC-Micro] MOS6 - Any programmers want to see a free BBC
> Microfirmware?
> 
> On 02/10/2010 18:17, Farlie A wrote:
> 
> > - * Allow non commerical distribution , ( Commerical distribution
> > would still require permission )
> 
> Indeed. For free emulators and such it isn't as if they stand to lose
> commercially!
> 
> 
> > -  * Allow non-commerical modification/ bug-fixing. - ( Changes to
> > codebase would feed back to Pace)
> 
> Um... it is coming on 30 years old - would they really be interested in
> maintaining the codebase, or would it be better to have a third party
> group maintain these sorts of things?
> 
> 
> > This doesn't solve the Debian issue but would presumably be better than
> > the current 'grey-ware' status..
> 
> Not to mention (hopefully?) exposing some of the sources, which is quite
> a lot better than working from a disassembly and leaving numerous bits
> of code and page zero locations annotated as "no idea what this does" or
> "I *think* this does...".
> 
> 
> Best wishes,
> 
> Rick.
> 
> --
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> BBC B: DNFS, 2 x 5.25" floppies, EPROM prog, Acorn TTX
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