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test: Arachne 1.95 under FreeDOS | wheel+DGJPP (Sandbox)

posted by RayeR(R) Homepage, CZ, 14.02.2011, 21:16

> Hi all,
> Good to see some continued interest in Arachne.
> If any of you are curious, I have a forked version that has
> a few advantages over the stock line. Probably the majority of
> Arachne users in the past were opposed in principal to my forking the
> code, so I quite understand if no one wants to touch it, but if anyone
> does want to have a look, the main points are:
> ca. 200K less memory required.
> automatic charset selection.
> better setup.
> complete rewrite of SRC
> full integration of xlopif and wattcp libraries
> no 'build all' problems
> dozens of little bug fixes
> basically smoother GUI operation
> If I could get someone to give me a hand with TASM, it wouldn't
> take long to get the thing ready for porting to 32 bit. I started
> getting it NASM compatible, but I know only the first things about ASM,
> so I didn't get very far. In the old days I had Michal Tyc and nothing was
> impossible :-)
> Oh, a few things that some have hated:
> Removal of support for museum class hardware (CGA, EGA, <386 processor,
> etc.)
> Small changes to key assignments.

Damn, that I didn't know this before few days. I could spent effort on much more fresh version. You did also some enhancement to VESA code? It would be nice to turn it fully into 32bit code like DR-Webspyder (prefer DJGPP/NASM) and clean up old things (I would mind about <VGA). Also wattcp could be replaced by modern SWSSOCKS. I don't have much time to work on it but if you will share your code just to test it. For the ASM there are better gurus here than me, I only use NASM a little bit and forgot TASM syntax.

DOS gives me freedom to unlimited HW access.


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