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Offline Gulliver

PC-Task is now free!
« on: April 16, 2010, 06:57:34 AM »
Good news again! :)
I emailed Chris Hames, the author of PC-Task, asking about making PC-task public domain.
This is what he replied to my emails

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Re: Requesting your permission for PC-Task to become Public Domain software
Friday, April 16, 2010 4:42 AM
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"Chris Hames"
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>  freely available to everyone. I would also add if you think it is necessary, that you wont provide any suport whatsoever, and not be liable for any damage at all.

How about I declare Amiga users can freely use/distribute (completely at their own risk) the previously released versions of PC-Task, but not sell it (or obtain financial advantage) in any way.

Regards,
   Chris

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Re: Requesting your permission for PC-Task to become Freeware software
Friday, April 16, 2010 5:55 AM
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"Chris Hames"
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> What you said sounds great to me, thank you! So if you have no objections, I will make your previous response public so that the community knows which are your conditions.

Sure.

Regards,
   Chris

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You can find PC-Task 4.4 and version 3.1 archive at:

http://lilliput.host-cafe.com/Files/PC-Task.zip

Enjoy and have fun!
 

Offline koaftder

Re: PC-Task is now free!
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2010, 07:05:06 AM »
You're on a roll dude, nice job!
 

Offline drHirudo

Re: PC-Task is now free!
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2010, 07:06:05 AM »
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You can find PC-Task 4.4 and version 3.1 archive at:

http://lilliput.host-cafe.com/Files/PC-Task.zip

Enjoy and have fun!


Great news. I enjoyed PC-Task back in the 1990ies. Now I am using DOSBox on the AmigaOS 4, but will make PC-Task newer install.
Is there any chance of releasing the sourcecode as well?

Offline Gulliver

Re: PC-Task is now free!
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2010, 07:13:26 AM »
I am afraid that binaries only, I asked Chris for the sources, but then it is his own prerogative not to provide them.
 

Offline stefcep2

Re: PC-Task is now free!
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2010, 08:27:14 AM »
Wonder if Newtek will make Lightwave 5 available for free.  Actually any lightwave 3 and above would be good..
 

Offline spirantho

Re: PC-Task is now free!
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2010, 09:10:38 AM »
Excellent - I still use PC-Task occasionally! Heck, I completed Ultima VI on PC-Task, it has sentimental value. :)

It also runs under OS 4 - BUT you need to change the locale to one that doesn't use the euro-symbol. If you don't, it'll crash on the configuration screen. Weird, but there you go. :)
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Offline skurk

Re: PC-Task is now free!
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2010, 09:17:34 AM »
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I am afraid that binaries only, I asked Chris for the sources, but then it is his own prerogative not to provide them.


The sources would've been great to have, so we could continue developing it.  None the less, PC-Task in PD is a great effort.

Good job.
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Offline Crumb

Re: PC-Task is now free!
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2010, 09:56:10 AM »
@gulliver

buen trabajo! / good job!
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Offline Karlos

Re: PC-Task is now free!
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2010, 10:35:27 AM »
I have to admit, I played with PC-Task and PCx demo versions, but to be honest, never actually used them for anything as they were just far too slow on my machine.

It's a pity a PPC version wasn't made. I imagine being able to prod the MMU into marking a wedge of RAM as little endian - or at least using the load/store byteswapped instructions, bigger caches and ample register space would have allowed for a quite usable PC emulation back in the day.
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Offline tasmanian guy

Re: PC-Task is now free!
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2010, 10:57:07 AM »
Hmm and people said not to worry about software and basically pirate it, in reference to me asking software companies if we can ask to make certain software freely available such as Deluxe Paint V, Vista Pro, etc.
 
This is very good news, let's try and get some other software free on the Amiga platform that is no longer sold for the Amiga.
 
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Offline Vince Ruggiero

Re: PC-Task is now free!
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2010, 12:01:36 PM »
I remember using PC-Task and Transformer on my A-500 w/ 1MB RAM to run DOS 6.22 + Borland Turbo Pascal 3 to compile Pascal source code for my computer science classes in High School. My other classmates all had PeeCees (286,386,etc.) and the couldn't believe that an Amiga was so capable. In fact, some of them still didn't believe it, until I showed them live as I was compiling. Good times!!
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Offline LoadWB

Re: PC-Task is now free!
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2010, 01:29:24 PM »
Excellent job, thank you!  Let us know if you make any headway with Holger Kruze ;)
 

Offline recidivist

Re: PC-Task is now free!
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2010, 01:30:05 PM »
A big thank you to gulliver and especially Chris!
 

Offline dammy

Re: PC-Task is now free!
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2010, 01:38:09 PM »
Quote from: Gulliver;553786
Good news again! :)
I emailed Chris Hames, the author of PC-Task, asking about making PC-task public domain.
This is what he replied to my emails

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Re: Requesting your permission for PC-Task to become Public Domain software
Friday, April 16, 2010 4:42 AM
From:
"Chris Hames"
Add sender to Contacts
To:
"Ignacio"

From: "Ignacio"


>  freely available to everyone. I would also add if you think it is necessary, that you wont provide any suport whatsoever, and not be liable for any damage at all.

How about I declare Amiga users can freely use/distribute (completely at their own risk) the previously released versions of PC-Task, but not sell it (or obtain financial advantage) in any way.


I have to wonder, how in the world could anyone obtain financial advantage of it?  I'm glad to see more old apps being released to public domain, even with restrictions, but I'm wondering what they are thinking on others making money off their code?  At worst, just GPL it and don't worry about some nasty person selling it on a floppy disk to 10 or 20 people.  Piracy happens and for this level and age of software, life is just too short to worry about the possibility of piracy.
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Re: PC-Task is now free!
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2010, 02:16:43 PM »
Hmm, I wonder how this runs in UAE with the CPU cranked all the way up.

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