SymbOS MSX multitasking operating system - help needed!

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By edoz

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22-01-2016, 00:39

Hands on! Prodatron released the last beta release for SymbOS 3.0 today! A lot of work has been done over the past months and now finally all new bits are tested and packed together in a new installation package! This beta release contains all the new features, fixes and improvements that were done so far! That means now that this version needs testing by the public! Prodatron can put all the last bug fixes inside the final release. Some new features will be also added to 3.0 some others will be planned in 3.1 or later.

This new beta release comes with the following new improvements and features:

  • A complete and detailed PDF manual for SymbOS which is documenting and answering most things you might need to know!
  • SymbOS Advanced Desktop. The advanced desktop contains 32bit GUI features like a wizard for creating new icons, 16 color icon support, flexible desktop widget support, new start menu editor, flexible start menu which supports nested submenus and more icons on the desktop, right mouse click menu, possibility to choose custom icons and much more
  • SymbOS Network Daemon with TCP and UDP functionality supporting the DenYoNet and GR8NET Ethernet cards. DNS and DHCP are supported now as well as localhost networking for systems without Ethernet hardware.
  • SymShell network tools like telnet.com, wget.com (for downloading files), nslookup.com, netstat.com and symbus.exe (manage your machine remotely)
  • New SymShell (2.0) with new features, like advanced console commands, 16 color support and other improvements.
  • HTML based help browser inside SymbOS with search function.
  • 16 color support in SymbOS in general. It’s now possible to define own skins for your forms.
  • Command-line based unzipper (Based on ideas & code by Grauw and Wouter) which can run on different CPU priorities and supports ZIP and GZ files.
  • Improved unify applications, like network improvements in battleship and Tetris which is now scalable. SymbOS chat client for PC and SymbOS and a server which is hosted on the internet 24x7
  • Lot of improvements: on the core, general bug fixes, gfx9000 bug fixes.
  • New installation package (SYMSETUP.COM) which allows you to install SymbOS in a more easy way. Filenames are changed to names that makes more sense.

The best way to install this new release is to remove your current installation and do a fresh new install. (Remove also symbos.ini from your root partition.) Then start symsetup.com and follow the instructions and read the new manual!
If you like to see a live demo we suggest to visit the fair in Nijmegen were we will build up multiple SymbOS computers together on 1 network.

SymbOS 3.0 final will be released after some testing period by the public and the needed bug fixing!
In the meantime there already plans for the 3.1 release!

Download link:

Installation package (Symsetup.com, manuel, additional application- and media-files)

PDF installation manual with instructions how to use SymbOS

By -Neo-

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22-01-2016, 00:53

I already had the pleasure to play with some of the features and I like it a lot. Thanks and see you at Nijmegen.

By edoz

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05-02-2016, 16:00

Hello! I was wondering if some people already have some feedback for us? Or is it just stable as a rock? Big smile Hannibal Hannibal Hannibal

By giuseve

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06-02-2016, 12:23

As I mentioned in this post I found very easy-to-use to manage a 16Mb HDD Image provided by luppie (thanks again for this) with Disk Manager 0.14 by Lex. But now the installer of Symbos is larger and it seems that Disk Manager is not able to manage images larger than 16Mb.

I found disk manipulator not-so-easy-to-use (sorry Manuel: are you going to consider the release of a stand-alone version with a GUI)
The japaneese utility suggested to me on the forum to use with a plugin for msx doesn't work on my PC too.

The question is: could you provide an HDD image (32Mb or more) that include:
- SYMBOS 3.0 INSTALLER with all the available stuff
- MSX-DOS or NEXTOR
- MultiMente (in the case of something goes wrong it could be useful to manage files and folder on the virtual HDD)

Regards and thanks anyway !!!

By Manuel

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06-02-2016, 15:26

giuseve wrote:

I found disk manipulator not-so-easy-to-use (sorry Manuel: are you going to consider the release of a stand-alone version with a GUI)

I am currently not considering it, but as the code is open source, maybe someone else could be?

By edoz

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09-02-2016, 16:47

giuseve wrote:

As I mentioned in this post I found very easy-to-use to manage a 16Mb HDD Image provided by luppie (thanks again for this) with Disk Manager 0.14 by Lex. But now the installer of Symbos is larger and it seems that Disk Manager is not able to manage images larger than 16Mb.

I found disk manipulator not-so-easy-to-use (sorry Manuel: are you going to consider the release of a stand-alone version with a GUI)
The japaneese utility suggested to me on the forum to use with a plugin for msx doesn't work on my PC too.

The question is: could you provide an HDD image (32Mb or more) that include:
- SYMBOS 3.0 INSTALLER with all the available stuff
- MSX-DOS or NEXTOR
- MultiMente (in the case of something goes wrong it could be useful to manage files and folder on the virtual HDD)

Regards and thanks anyway !!!

Do you mean there is a bug if you try to install it in a emulator? Or is it a feature request to have a disk image for the emulator? I was more asking for current bugs in the beta release which need to be fixed for the final version.

BDW: i have no idea how i can transfer files to a IDE Sunrise Image ? Is this possible in Windows?

By enribar

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13-02-2016, 17:10

Hello, are there plans to manage RS-232 interfaces in SymbOS?

By Manuel

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13-02-2016, 22:29

. Double post

By Manuel

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13-02-2016, 22:30

Edoz; yes, the 'diskmanipulator' in openMSX can do that, check its manual...

By Sayman

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25-02-2016, 05:06

@Prodatron, i`m sorry for bothering, I just wanted to ask about the possibility of porting Symbos to Sprinter...

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