C-BASIC 0.02

by snout on 22-06-2005, 00:11
Topic: Emulation

On April 1st the first version of C-BASIC was released by Boukichi, initiator of the C-BIOS project, as an April fools joke. Now that C-BIOS has become more and more feature complete, the time has come to approach developing an MSX-BASIC compatible BASIC for C-BIOS, free of copyrights, more seriously.

On June 7th, the day of the release of C-BIOS 0.21, Boukichi released C-BASIC 0.02. This version, that comes with its full source code, loads a preset BASIC listing in memory and allows you to use a LIST command to see its listing. Of course there still is a long way to go until MSX-BASIC listings can actually be entered and runned, but the first steps of C-BASIC have now officially been taken. With the succesful progress of C-BIOS in mind, we might be able to enjoy a copyright-free MSX emulation experience in the relatively near future.

Relevant link: Boukichi's C-BASIC/C-BIOS website

Comments (4)

By Vampier

Prophet (2415)

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22-06-2005, 05:03

hooray for BouKichi Smile

By mth

Champion (507)

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24-06-2005, 03:28

C-BIOS is copyrighted by its authors. However, the (BSD) license of C-BIOS allows users to spread and even modify it. The file doc/cbios.txt contains the list of copyright holders and the license.

Copyright means that as an author, you have the ability to control under which conditions your work can be copied. One way is by selling your work, but another way is to allow people to freely copy it.

By Manuel

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24-06-2005, 11:29

Indeed, many people make the error of writing/thinking that a license that permits free copying means that the software has no copyrights. But as you already stated mth, everything that gets written has copyright. The point is: the author can determine how he uses it. And in the case of C-BIOS, the authors permit amongst others royalty free copying of the C-BIOS source code and/or binaries.

So, please be careful with your words about copyright Smile

By dvik

Prophet (2200)

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24-06-2005, 11:59

There are indeed ways you can violate the copyright of c-bios and other open source products even though you are free to use and/or modify it. One is that you can't claim you wrote it (unless you are one of the copyright holders). Another common one in open source (I'm not sure it applies to the c-bios copyright though) is that you can't remove the copyright information in source code distributions.