||Tell me more about FutureOS benchmark results. (hard disk store, CRT
output speed ets..)
||TFM: Please see certain documents in the file-sections. Detailes
tests were made. SID: For the speed it's better to do the tests your self.
You 'll see how amazing it is ;-)
||How do I get FutureOS?
||TFM: Just download it here in the file-section. Or buy the commercial
version for 15 Euros. Else you can download the public domain version and
get an user-code-number.
||Do I buy FutureOS as ROMs or Software?
||TFM: You buy the Software. But you can sell EPROMs too, if you don't
want burn them.
||What about the price of FutureOS?
||TFM: It's for free. But you can get the commercial version for 15
Euros. It has an number, which identifies you to certain terminal
software, games and more. Further you get your personalized version.
||What's about FutureOS and the CPC Booster?
||TFM: Antitecs CPC Booster+ is supported by FutureOS. You can store
(and reload) your configuration, colors, step-rates automatically in the
EEPROM of the Booster. A bunch of programs is planned for the Booster+.
For example a high-speed serial terminal emulation. You'll need a fast
||The AMSDOS programms have to be adapted to run in FutureOS? What does
this mean ? What about CPM programs ?
||TFM: In principle it is possible to adapt programs, but it would be
more efficient to write applications new. This way, they can use the
special features of the new OS. PDT: Well, I think it's very hard to adapt
an amsdos/cpm program to an OS like FutureOS or even SymbOS. The
environment is too different and normally you have new possibilities, that
it makes more sense, to rewrite the whole application.
||Is it possible to change the icons of the desktop?
||Omega Man: Yes, just paint a mode 2 icon with 6 chars horizontal and
3 lines vertical (48*24 pixel). Then implement it in ROM D or just send it
to TFM to install it.
||What is the Turbo Desktop ?
||TFM: When you start FutureOS with |OS, then you come automatically to
the Turbo Desktop. Every program can call the Desktop as a Subroutine.
Then the user just press the OK-icon and the program will be continued.
||Which Emulators can run FutureOS?
||TFM: FutureOS runs with Caprice, WinApe 2.0 Alpha 4 (NOT with 5) and
CPCEmu (not good, Picutes are squeezed).
||Does FutureOS support the Amstrad Hardware? (Expansions, disc drives,
joysticks, mices, RS232, etc )?
||TFM: Yes, it supports as much as possible. Regualar updates try to
support all new expansions in future. SID: As I said higher, FutureOS is
usual updated. New drivers are installed. If you see the description, you
will see that FutureOS manages a lot of expansions. The great strength of
FutureOS, is that it recognizes all expansions without the user see
||Can I deal or create files larger than the Z80-64k block using
||TFM: Yes, you can work with files up to 16 MB (24 Bit File-Lenght).
And you can directly start programs up to 512 KB. PDT: Yes, Future OS can
load and handle files with more than 64K! So you can load a 512K file
completely in one piece into your Ram expansion.
||Does FutureOS support other hard disks instead of Dobbertin Hard
||TFM: No, at the moment only the HD20 hard-disc is supported. Because
it is the most selled hard-disc for the CPC. Soon, normal IDE-drives (with
FAT32 file-system) will be supported. The CPC-IDE interface is running
well, only the software need a little bit more time.
||Where can I buy A Dobbertin HD20 Hard disk?
||TFM: Well, see Ebay, or try to get one from Dobbertin himself. Try to
contact him throug the net.
||Can one regenerate/reconstruct Dobbertin HD20?
||TFM: Like I know there was a "construct it yourself" kit
available from Dobbertin. May ask Jarek!
||Does FutureOS support hard-discs?
||TFM: Yes, first the Dobbertin HD20 is supported. Icons I, J, K, L
access a 5 MB partition each. Second via the CPC-IDE/Symbiface a normal PC
hard-disc with FAT32-filesystem can be used under FutureOS. But FAT
drivers are still under construction.
||Which are the benefits of FutureOS?
||TFM: Some benefits are: completely new developped OS, maximum
performance was the mail target of the project, support of all expansion
hardware, deal with very long files, programs can contain 512 KB, GUI can
be called as a subroutine. SID: Ok, FutureOS is completely newly designed,
it means this OS exploits all the capacities of your cpc. When you 'll
install it on your cpc, you will see all the benefits. It means: really
more rapid than any other OS under CPC, almost intuitive OS when you read
the DOC, usual updated, really open.
||Why should I shift to this new OS?
||TFM: Well, it's free ;-) You can run programs or write applications
which are unthinkable under AmsDOS or CP/M.
||Which is the suggested Hardware configuration to install FutureOS?
||TFM: At least you need 64 KB space in an Eprom-card or ROM-RAM-Box.
Further every KB of expansion-RAM is welcome. The more, the better. SID:
You just need a ramcard or a romcard to install the 4 FutureOS roms.
||I also want to run the original AMSDOS/CPM oriented codes on my old
amstrad. Should I buy a new one to install FutureOS?
||TFM: No problem. Just switch between the OS like you want. Simply use
the RSX command |OS to call FutureOS. SID: What does it mean buy? Because
everything concerning FutureOS is free. And all the codes are open
sources. If you have the source of such codes, it's easy to adapt them to
||Where can I get the PD version of FutureOS ?
||TFM: See file-section of this group.
||In which languages does FutureOS exist?
||TFM: At the moment in german and english. A french version will be
released soon. Maybe other languages if there's enough interrest.
||What is the advantage of the personal FutureOS ID?
||The ID identifys you automatically, this is important for messengers
or personalized programs. Example: your mail can be sent through a
disc-mag (look FutureView II).
||What about overscans !?
||TFM: Some print-routines and the OS itself support overscan for
applications, but not for the Desktop. SID: For Overscan, it will be
possible to do overscans as under Amsdos.
||Is there a Disc Mag for FutureOS?
||TFM: Yes! It's FutureView. The first issue was released at the
Klassentreffen 2002 meeting. It's written in english and german. But
french, spain and greek will follow.
||Which keyboards, mouses (...) does FutureOS support?
||TFM: FutureOS automatically dedects all plugged control panels. You
can use both joysticks, keyboard, AtariST mouse or trackball and a
||What about screen resolution and colors supported by FutureOS?
||TFM: Use all modes, but print chars only in Mode 1 and 2. SID:
FutureOS supports the 3 originals mode plus one more.
||Tell me more about the current FutureOS oriented software. Future
releases or updates?
||SID: Some softwares will see the sun ;-). But It needs time, so be
patient, you will see (I hope this year) some new softwares for FutureOS
||Could you move the FAQ outside Yahoo Groups?
||TFM: Sorry, I have no time to do that at the moment. But I've planned
to move all stuff to www.FutureOS.de soon.