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11/02/2018 10:19
Hi - new to this and something like 10 years out of touch so please bear with me.

I'm looking to run some old BBC Micro games natively, and having a play with BBC Basic again. I used to be (and this is nothing to be proud of) pretty good at programming a BBC micro and used one (and an Acorn Electron) up to getting an Amiga in 1990. I'm now into PCs and particularly Linux.

Trouble is that I've not seen an emulator good enough to run stuff like Revs. The simplest way is just to dust off the old BBC but I've not got enough room.

So questions are: 1) How compatible are modern day Acorns with BBC machines? 2) How do modern Acorn machines compare with Sun? I'm still pottering about on an UltraSparc5 which I'd be loathed to swap.

3) Do Acorns run Linux? Any advice greatly appreciated - I never knew what happened around 1990 - somehow the Archimedes got left behind by the Atari ST, the Amiga and the PC - ultimately of course the PC won.

Cheers Rob

Source is Usenet: comp.sys.acorn.games
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11/02/2018 10:19 - In article <c9hm5h$meg$1@news8.svr.pol.co.uk>, Rob <gofyself@wrong.address.com> wrote: Since 1987 modern Acorns have been 32-bit machines so no compatibility except that the 32-bit machines also run BBC Basic. You need emulation.

Don't know the model.

Can do.

BTW - latest versions of the Acorn 32-bit machines are known as RISC OS machines as they are no longer made by Acorn but by a number of manufacturers.

Perhaps you went asleep? Acorn brought out the A5000 machine (that beat all the others you mention) in 1991 followed the next year by the A4 portable, A4000 (cut down A5000) and A3010 & A3020 (cut down games & network versions) and followed 2 years later by the RiscPC that blew the others away totally in performance terms. We've had 8 newer machines since then - not including three virtual RISC OS systems that run on Windows.

All run BBC Basic that's available in ROM and the GUI of the 32-bit machines will contain some familiar bits as Bill Gates stole parts over the years - but still managed to miss out the best bits! ;-) -- John Cartmell john@ followed by finnybank.com FAX +44 (0)8700-519-527 Qercus magazine & FD Games www.finnybank.com www.acornuser.com Qercus - a fusion of Acorn Publisher & Acorn User magazines

Source is Usenet: comp.sys.acorn.games
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