PC card software to be open sourcedBy Chris Williams. Published: 11th Aug 2005, 12:23:08 | Permalink | Printable
Vintage 486 toasters rejoiceMaker of x86 co-processor kit, Aleph1, is to re-release its !PC application as open source, according to Peter Naulls.
The software in question drives Aleph1's range of hardware upgrades that feature sub-200Mhz PC processors, allowing users to run programs and operating systems built for the x86 platform - usually Microsoft Windows 95 and 98. Also thrown in to the open sourcing rampage is Network Links, a driver that allows software running on the PC processor to access a network card in the host RISC OS machine.
"It may prove interesting for some people to play with, even though the practicality of a PC card for most people has long since passed," said Peter earlier today. He added that he hopes someone will volunteer to maintain the package.
The source code should appear on riscos.info within the next few weeks and Peter is currently flogging a few suitable PC podules on ebay. It's reported that Aleph1 have requested that they are not contacted by end users, as they wish to be unshackled from providing support.
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