Dave Park has
been discussing his replacement QL motherboard project on QL Forum recently.
The aim was to
create a new motherboard which is largely compatible with the original QL
motherboard, but with a few improvements built in. Dave has been working with
Aurora designer Nasta on this project.
fairly scant at the moment, with much general discussion as to what people
would like to see in this project. At the beginning of May, Dave committed
himself to producing an initial batch of 100 motherboards when the tiem comes
Martin Head has
been tinkering with a new directory device driver that supports longer
filenames (up to 72 characters), by adding a path to the start of any file name
provided by the operating system, on a per job basis.
So each job
could have a LFN1_ device pointing at a different directory on the same storage
This is just a
proof of concept at the time of writing (Martin announced it on 3rd May 2019 on QL Forum)
This is a screen shot from QPC2 showing DIR with and without the added path:
that he has got QPAC2 to recognise the LFN device.
Andrei Tenu has
released QL Commander v2.0. This is a new version of the same program
originally released last year via QL Forum.
describes it as “an orthodox file manager (OFM), inspired by the Norton Commander
that was widely used in late ‘80s and during the 1990’s on PCs. QLC provides a
text-based user interface for managing files on top of QDOS, on expanded QLs.”
has a dual window display, letting you see the list of files from two devices
at once and is text-based and keyboard controlled, although the author states
that “mouse functionality is panned to be integrated” at some point.
An 18 page PDF
manual is supplied.
run both in QDOS and SMSQE. In QDOS it will run in mode 4. In SMSQ/E it can be
configured to run in all modes, including high res and 8 bit colour and high
uncompressed mode 4/8 512×256 pixel graphics and text files can be viewed from
within the program.
The program can copy multiple files and/or directories, including subdirectories (tree copy and delete). It can also use a copy of QDOS Unzip to unzip a zip file.
has uploaded the latest version of the ZEsarUX multi-emulation system for Unix
system. It emulates various Sinclair systems, including MK14, ZX80/81, Spectrum,
QL and Z88, plus various other compatibles and related systems. ZEsarUX source
code and binaries are distributed under GNU GPL license.
German ZX meeting a few months ago, too, a new EasyMenu was created by Marcel
Kilgus, fixing a small bug that resulted in long startup time on the Q68.
Marcel doesn’t think that the bug has other ill effects, but updating certainly
will not do any harm:
Download the full
Easyptr package, including the new Easymenu 4.11, from Marcel Kilgus’s website
Q68 users can
now opt to try out a version of Minerva for their system. This was ported by
Jan Bredenbeek who has made it available via Github.
operating system was originally designed as a replacement ROM operating system
for the Sinclair QL computer, currently licenced under GPLv3. This port is
aimed at the Q68, an FPGA-based replacement board for the QL. It is not
intended as a serious alternative for the SMSQ/E OS supplied with the Q68, as
SMSQ/E is far more extensive and better suited to support the Q68 hardware than
the 48K ROM-based Minerva.
We just provide
this port to demonstrate the Q68’s ability to run ‘oldskool’ ROM images, give
Q68 users the Minerva look and feel, and maybe provide an opportunity to run
badly written software that doesn’t run on SMSQ/E (but chances are big that
this software won’t run on Minerva either).
Minerva build is based on v1.98, with a few modifications to run successfully
on the Q68.
original Minerva for QL was 48K in length, this version is a 96K ROM image. In
addition to the operating system, there is a keyboard driver specific for USA,
UK and German keyboard layouts, together with a SDHC card driver. MDV driver is
disabled as there is no MDV hardware on the Q68.
By default, the
devices win1_ and win2_ will be mapped to container files QLWA.WIN on SDHC
drives 1 and 2 respectively. If present, the devices qub1_ and qub2_ will be
mapped to Qubide container files QL_BDI.BIN on SDHC drives 1 and 2
respectively. This can be changed by configuring the Q68_ROM.SYS file.
Maximum RAM is
limited to 16MB because of the slave block structure, while the Q68 serial and
network ports are not supported.
Thanks to Klaus
Frank and Brian Kemmett, we believe we now have the complete set of QL User and
QL World magazines from 1984 to the last known issue May 1994 scanned and
available to download as PDF files.
Note that many
of the scans are very large, up to about 80MB in size, so be aware of this
has also scanned the four issues of the short-lived SUB (Super User Bureau)
magazine and they are also available as PDF files.
also scanned the QL New User Guide supplements which appeared in QL World
magazine over the years. Thanks also to Cristian from QL Forum who was able to
process the file to improve the scan quality and reduce the file size somewhat.
scans join the existing scans of QLUB, QL Adventurers Forum and QL Leisure