Re: [midatlanticretro] Re: TRS-80 (and in general hosting an archive)
- Evan Koblentz wrote:
>I was told IBM looked into open sourcing OS/2 source code. Their lawyers
>>>> a lesser effort to contact the publishers of the media to ask them to
> declare the items officially abandoned.
> One of those time vs. resources things. MARCH's current mission is to:
> foster interactivity among regional collectors, via this forum and our
> events; and to foster public education via the museum. Waaaaay outside of
> our resources and scope to become lobbyists of governments or
> corporations. (Although I'd gladly sign us as a supporter to outside
estimated it would cost about $500,000 to track down and get releases from
all the copyright holders who had been contracted to provide code for parts
of the operating system (things like many of the included drivers, fonts,
and other things which were not written 100% by IBM). Many of original
entities were defunct, so tracking down most of the current copyright
holders might have been impossible anyway. So IBM decided that it wasn't
worth the cost. That is what I was told by an IBMer who was in a position
to know. It had nothing to do with Microsoft which is what most people
seem to believe. Also some companies still pay IBM to maintain a line of
OS/2 source code just for them, so even though it is no longer publicly
marketed, it is still bringing in revenue to IBM.
If IBM can't afford the effort I doubt most anyone can. Unless the
software was entirely written by one entity and had no inclusive
copyrighted source from anyone else I don't think this is realistic.
Perhaps some of the really old stuff from the days when software and
manuals were written by a small company or group of developers might be
easy to get a release from, but I would think things like the TRS and Apple
would fall under the same problems as IBM.
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- On 7/11/07, relayer <relayer@...> wrote:
>Hello, if you have stuff you'd like to upload so that the whole
> I saw posts about attempts to help rebuild the TRS-80 collection that
> used to be available to people. It was suggested in this group to wait
> till after VCF to raise the subject again. It is now post-VCF.
> I've been collecting classic computers since 1996, about the same time
> I discovered emulation. In those many years, I've managed to gather
> stuff together. A bit here and a bit there to allow me to take
> advantage of the fun classic computers have to offer whether it's for
> a real device or through emulation.
> Someone mentioned having a server to host files for a reborn TRS-80
> archive. How can I help?
> Contact me privately if you wish, but if your replies would benefit
> the MARCH collective, please keep them public.
community can enjoy the content at any time my server is a great
candidate, simply connect to my server with the following information
then click File Browser on the left hand side, open the Uploads
folder, use the right button menu to create a folder for your files
and use the right click menu to upload your files into that folder.
People will be able to access the uploaded files 24/7 even before I
sort them, so if you want a solution that has the community in mind my
server is the way to go :) ...here are the connection details:
Protocol: KDX (for more information including download links go here:
Username: none needed
Password: none needed
- We are not (yet) are 501c3 but we are a non-profit corporation in NJ. InfoAge itself already has the 501c3 status and gets its legal services free from the Wall Township attorney. I can look into this further if necessary.
For now may we please table this whole archiving thing?