Zarchos wrote:I feel very lonely when I read that, as though instead of trying to give something new and cheap a chance, it is better to stay with actual :
- no hardware for a stock QL
But this is no hardware for a stock QL! It does not solve any problem for stock QL, unless an extra board is designed.
Zarchos wrote:- there is some hardware, having more and / or better is sthing to absolutely reject and trash.
Nobody said that. But this provides no hardware for the QL! It would have to be designed in the future. That's absolutely fine, if it is fun for someone! However it is not negative to also be aware of the extreme shortage of software developers, and trying to use existing standards, which helps a wider range of platforms.
Zarchos wrote:Converting it to 68000 is not what I would describe as a rocket science job demanding a huge amount of efforts.
This is also true for many, many other pieces of software we would like to have. We don't have them. Why? Extreme lack of developers. I'm not sure you are fully aware of the poor situation for the QL.
Zarchos wrote:As I said, the kits to have serial to parallel conversion exist, they are also extremely cheap.
From my experience, chances that those would easily turn a QL into a machine where that OPL chip works, are close to zero. About every project which was dependant on the QL SER ports and needed reliabilty and relatively high throughput, was very work intensive and eventually more or less unsuccessful.
Zarchos wrote:In short, this board has so many advantages that I do not understand how a warm welcome can be avoided.
It's simple: The only machines with (maybe) suitable parallelport already have relatively decent sound, named QLSSS. If better/more software for QLSSS is made, that helps far more users than further dividing the already tiny developer resources.
Zarchos wrote:35 euros, that's peanuts for what it offers.
No, you have to add the price of the non-existing, future interface board! BTW how would these two boards fit the QL mechanically?
Summed up, if a new hardware must be designed anyway, a QLSSS board for the black box is likely to be cheaper, the drivers would already exist, well debugged. Plus it would be compatible to most other QL style hardware and emulators.