Saturday, November 12, 2011

Introducing Commodore OS Vision

Computer history in the making.

11.11.11 was the historic day when Commodore USA rose like a phoenix, ushering forth a new OS that die hard C64 and Amiga fans have been waiting for. The screenshots of Commodore OS Vision show the beauty of the OS, modern in design, internet friendly, with the ability to program your own Commodore games, play classic games like Tron, Space Invaders, design graphics, edit movies, create music or program in BASIC, Amiga, Java, C/C++, PHP, Perl, VB.NET, C#, Python, Linux, HTML and much much more.

Windows 8 step aside. Android move over. iOS take notice. The Legend is back, and with over 17 million units sold in the 1980s, Commodore is the best-selling personal computer of all time.

According to Commodore USA:

"Commodore OS Vision is a 64-bit Linux distribution, based on Linux Mint, created for Commodore enthusiasts purchasing Commodore USA hardware, such as Commodore 64, VIC series and the upcoming high-performance line of Amiga computers. These are essentially restore disks for pre-installed Commodore systems. Commodore OS Vision uses the classic GNOME 2 interface and features extensive Compiz/Emerald desktop effects. It includes dozens of games of all genres (FPS, Racing, Retro etc), the Firefox and Chromium web browsers, LibreOffice, Scribus, GIMP, Blender, OpenShot and Cinellera, advanced software development tools and languages, sound editing through Ardour and Audacity, and music composition programs such as the Linux MultiMedia Studio. It has a classic Commodore slant with a selection of applications reminiscent of their classic Amiga counterparts."

Commodore OS Vision Disc 2

Yesterday we reported that Commodore USA released their new Commodore OS Vision. See our 11.11 11 post. Both discs are over 3.3 Gb.

Commodore OS Vision Disc 2 now available for download:

You can read more about the OS on:

Friday, November 11, 2011

11.11.11 Commodore OS Vision Released!

This is a truly historic and momentous day! The first OS by Commodore has been posted online as a free download. The release of Commodore OS Vision is a game changer, which will definitely be in the running with Android, iOS, and Windows 8.

A beta of OS Vision is ready for download. Here is the web page that has the Torrent Link:

While anyone can download/use, it has only been tested for the Commodore VIC and C64x product line(s).

The software included with OS Vision is E-mail and Chat, photos, office applications, internet, music and video, graphics, movie editing, games, programming (allowing you to program in BASIC, Java, C/C++, PHP, Perl, VB.NET, C#, Python and HTML) and much more.

Commodore USA states that:

Commodore OS Vision is a community driven Linux distribution for Commodore enthusiasts that is designed to unleash your creative potential and help you enjoy your computing experience to the fullest. Commodore computers were well known for their unique operating environments, so we seek to do the same, by providing a distinctive, attractive, advanced and fun operating system experience. Its look is inspired by the Commodore 64 and original Commodore Amiga Workbench user environments but with a modern spin, which includes many slick graphical effects which showcase the capabilities of our new Commodore machines.

The Commodore OS Vision project was created as an operating system option for Commodore enthusiasts purchasing Commodore USA computers. It is but the first step on the path to creating the ultimate Commodore experience for our customers. This retro-futuristic OS experience takes design cues in its appearance from classic Commodore and Amiga operating systems and evolves them further to create a distinctive and modern 21st century look which adds personality to our new Commodore machines. The selection of software included also has a retro slant which would be familiar to many Commodore fans, making them feel at home. It features the latest iteration of the classic Gnome 2.x user interface, which many prefer for its simplicity, stability and straight forward access to applications.

Commodore OS Vision stands on the shoulders of giants, with a lineage that traces back to fantastic linux operating system distributions such as Debian, Ubuntu and Mint, which you might also be interested in installing on our machines. Commodore OS Vision auto-installs a graphical operating system boot menu facilitating this further, making your new Commodore machine a technology tinkerers delight.

Watch the video teaser:

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

C64 Forever 2012.1.1.0 released

Cloanto, developers of Commodore/Amiga software since the 1980s, has introduced C64 Forever, a revolutionary C64 emulator, preservation and support package. C64 Forever embodies an intuitive player interface, backed by a built-in database containing more than 5,000 C64 game entries, and advanced support for the new RP9 format, dubbed the "MP3 of retrogaming".

Features of C64 Forever include:

Emulation of C64 hardware (allows you to run C64 software on your PC)
Additional emulation of related systems: PET 2001, CBM 3032, CBM 4032, CBM 8032, VIC 20, CBM 610, C16, Plus/4 and C128
More than 200 preinstalled games and demoscene productions
One-click play support for thousands of downloadable C64 and other 8-bit games, demos and applications
RP9 Editor allows you to create and edit content for playback on the local system or elsewhere
RP9 Manager to convert between RP9 and other popular formats (D64, T64, etc.) and to export to devices (hardware-based emulators)
RetroPlatform Library includes title and configuration data for more than 5,000 C64 games, with online updates
Preconfigured and enhanced VICE emulation engine with auto-updates
Special features and gallery of items of historical interest
Much, much more...

Sunday, November 06, 2011

USB 5.25" floppy controller

Device Side Data's FC5025 USB 5.25" floppy controller plugs into any computer's USB port and enables you to attach a 5.25" floppy drive. Even if your computer has no built-in floppy controller, the FC5025 lets you read those old disks. And it's not just for IBM PC disks – it also understands formats used by Apple, Atari, Commodore and TI, among others.

As of April 2011, the included software supports the following types of disk:

Apple DOS 3.2 (13-sector)
Apple DOS 3.3 (16-sector)
Apple ProDOS
Atari 810
Calcomp Vistagraphics 4500
Commodore 1541
Kaypro 2 CP/M 2.2
Kaypro 4 CP/M 2.2
North Star MDS-A-D

Saturday, November 05, 2011

C64 music software

C64 music with a guitar

Shredz64 is a modern day game for the Commodore 64 that makes use of the Playstation guitar controller hooked through the PSX64 interface. Its design is modeled against the popular “Guitar Hero” series, geared toward the ability to play along to your favorite C64 music on the guitar. Correctly played notes increase your score and applause meter, while incorrectly played notes decrease your applause meter. If the crowd stops applauding, you’re out! Additionally, Shredz64 features the “shredocity” meter that allows for extra points when you’re doing an awesome job shredding to your favorite chiptune. Watch Shredz64 in action or Download Now!

Turn your C64x into a Hackintosh

C64x can run practically any OS, bravo to Commodore USA engineering, so go turn ur c64x into a hackintosh

Download Hackintosh:

More resources:


In 1991 Wouter van Oortmerssen started working on the friendly but powerful AmigaE language, he released the first version in 1993, and continued to improve it up till 1997, by which time it had become a very popular programming language for the Amiga. But during 1998 development stalled, and it was finally officially abandoned in 1999, partly due to the Amiga platform's own lack of development since Commodore went under.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Meeting: Friday November 4, 2011 – 6:00 pm

“@c64club: #c64 #commodore computer club meeting tonight Friday November 4, 2011 – 6:00 pm”

The following hardware and software will be at the November 4, 2011 Portland metropolitan area Commodore Users Group and Computer Club meeting:

MSD SD-2 Super Disk Drive (22 second verified backups)
Commodore 64 computer and 1541 disk drive (both with JiffyDOS)
50+ C64 retro gaming arcade and utility cartridges
Big box full of C64 floppy disks (games, programs, and utilities)
Amiga 500 computer with tons of software
VIC-20 computer with Mega-Cart: The ultimate cartridge for your VIC 20
Multiple EasyFlash Cartridges for the Commodore 64
If you have any Commodore hardware, software, or other classic computing goodness kindly bring it along because we’ve got plenty of room, tables and electrical outlets.

Along with the above items mentioned, you can also expect to enjoy the following:

Good friends, conversations and a lot social geekery

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Atari ST Games

I found Atari ST games today, which brought back a 1980s nostalgia for me:

Psygnosis (1988)
Vegas Gambler (1987)
Goldrunner II (1988)
Goldrunner II Scemergy Disk (1988)

So what does this have to do with Commodore? Psyclapse was the the name of a Commodore 64 game that was never released. The games was released on Atari ST, the goal being to escape from the castle where an evil villain had time warped warriors from the past.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

MSSIAH: MIDI cartridge for the Commodore 64

The MSSIAH is a MIDI cartridge for the Commodore 64.
It contains a suite of music applications that starts instantly as you insert the cartridge and start up the computer.
With these applications you can play the C64's audio circuit (SID) via MIDI or stand-alone with the internal sequencers.

MSSIAH is short for MIDI SID Software Integrated Applications and Hardware and means that the cartridge contains both software and hardware to midify the C64. Since they are integrated you won't need hard-to-get MIDI peripherals to hook it up to your synthesizer or sequencer.

Just plug in a MIDI cable and off you go!