Re: [cc65] The Contiki Desktop OS for cc65

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From: M Ancher (
Date: 2003-03-11 18:40:57

On Mon, Mar 10, 2003 at 08:56:17AM +0100, Adam Dunkels wrote:
> Everything is fully multitasking and does not require any loading of
> programs. Contiki does not require a disk drive or any other form of
> mass-storage devices, which means that it is useful both for disk
> drive owners and tape users.

First let me tell ya': I'm impressed. Thank you.

*Disk access*
I see why it is so small. There's no disk-operating-system ("DOS") in
the OS. This will make the system less complex.

I assume some sort of "DOS" will be implemented, since people would
likely want to save their e-mails they've just downloaded. It is cool
though that the kernel and selected programs can exist e.g. in ROM.

For implementation of file-access will the OS make use of the
ROM-KERNEL, or would it implement its own driver system?

Pro: Any driver implemented for ROM-KERNEL, will work in Contiki.

Con: KERNEL-ROM can't be disabled. If drivers is in RAM before load of
     Contiki, the driver will properbly be written over.

Maybe Contiki is just a toolkit a programmer can use for his own
programs, and not an OS.

Sorry, but how do I access the menu? I've tried all key combinations.
I've even looked at the source code, to see if I could find the answer.

Will there be an API, so we'll know which kernel call are "public", and
which are "private"? Maybe there's som "must-implement-methods".

The reasong for "complaining" is just an expression of my entusiasm. :-)

Martin Ancher <>
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