After a year and a half since the last release a new version of Nextor, the disk operating system based on MSX-DOS 2, is finally available. This version is labeled 2.0 beta 1 and these are the main improvements it contains:
- A bunch of bugs have been fixed. This version is much more stable and usable.
- Added the BASIC CALL commands CURDRV, DRVINFO and DRIVERS, which are equivalent to the already existing .COM tools.
- Added the CALL NEXTOR command, which shows a list of available CALL commands provided by Nextor.
- The CALL CHDRV now works in MSX-DOS 1 mode, and admits a drive number as an alternative to a drive letter, so for example _CHDRV(3) is the same as _CHDRV("C:").
- Added the CALL USR command, which allows to execute machine code in the same way as the MSX BASIC DEF USR command does, but allowing full control of the values of the Z80 registers.
- The BASIC commands DSKI$ and DSKO$ now accept 32 bit sector numbers.
- The FDISK tool now allows to create 4GB partitions.
- The F7 key has the text load" assigned at boot time even on MSX1 and MSX2 computers, which have cload" by default.
A fully detailed list of changes is available in the user manual. This is the same version that will be distributed built-in with the recently released MegaFlashROM SCC+ SD cartridge. Remember however that there are also standalone and Sunrise IDE versions, and that anyone can develop its own driver to control any other kind of storage hardware.
Relevant link: Konamiman's MSX page