polka wrote:First, what would be the use of MS.DOS on a QL ? One may play with it on a retro PC or in a DOS box ?
Then, about abandonware : the issue with D.P. conqueror (not being allowed to use it when you have not purchased it at times you could buy it - nor to upload it somehow for others to try it like "public domain"), this questions me also for ComputerOne FORTH (that I think is better than D.P. SuperForth - which is or isn't available as "public domain" ?).
Because : if D.P. conqueror is not allowed, why should D.P. SupperForth be ? or D.P. tiny C ? (both I have - rightly purchased a long time ago).
SuperForth distributed by Digital precision was written by Gerry Anderson. Gerry has put SuperForth on Git Hub:
There was a comment, that if the distributer was unavaible, then the software has the last say on whether to issue the software to Public Domain.
DP Tiny C, I think you mean Digital C which is a version of Small C
I thought there was permission from Computer One for their products to be put into Public Domain.
Rich Mellor did a thankless job in trying trace the software authors to gain permission to issue the software to Public Domain.
With regards to Abandonware, the search in Google had many hits with software that is classed as Abandoned.
It is very confusing. Maybe the best way forward is to write new software...