MSX Operating Systems compared on My Navi

by snout on 07-08-2012, 12:49
Topic: Media

The popular Japanese portal MyNavi has published an extensive article on MSX in their series on Operating Systems. After dealing with the obvious MSX history lessons and a dive into the various versions of MSX-DOS the third page of the article reveals the author has really done his homework.

The article describes how MSX reached great heights by the hands of the community - not only by writing games, but also by writing Operating Systems. The first example is UZIX - the UNIX clone for MSX based on UZI. The writer is astonished to find out that Unix with TCP/IP, web browsing and harddisk support is possible on MSX.

Last but not least, the article concludes with a review of SymbOS (SYmbiosis Multitasking Based Operating System). Again, the writer is surprised by the quality of the OS - praising its comfortable interface and extensive support for file systems, printers and sound devices. The author regrets that work on SymbOS has stalled since 2007, but he - and the entire MSX community for that matter - might be in for a surprise, since very recently SymbOS developer Prodatron returned to our MSX Forum and revived the massive SymbOS thread. Prodatron is again working on SymbOS and it seems like it's only a matter of time until we can enjoy a new release.

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Comments (3)

By Prodatron

Paragon (1843)

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07-08-2012, 15:00

Wow, nice article! And I am surprised by the quite useful Google translation Smile

By RetroTechie

Paragon (1563)

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09-08-2012, 20:31


The writer is astonished to find out that Unix with TCP/IP, web browsing and harddisk support is possible on MSX.

Oh come on, it's already a while ago that somebody posted on Twitter using a ZX Spectrum, oO and web servers have been made to run in matchbox sized microcontroller systems...

If there's one thing I learned over the years, it's that if you really want, you can run any OS or software on any platform. The only hard limit is memory, and how long it takes a machine to 'render' the result.

So no surprise by me if eg. obscure operating system ABC gets ported to even more obscure platform XYZ. That said, if nice software and/or opens up a new field of applications: cool!

By cax

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10-08-2012, 00:10

Article author mentioned some low-quality Norton Commander clones, but totally missed the great "ND System" that was available then in 1980s.