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Abstract picture of Civilization 4 box art, a Toshiba laptop, the OSDev wiki and Mandriva Linux

Greetings and welcome back - it's great to be in ! My apologies for having not updated this site for a month or so - I've had a very busy time of it - I'll elaborate on that a bit more later!

My present project is the Apollo Operating System. At the moment it's in 16-bit (and can only address 65K of RAM!) but it has a GUI so that's all good. You can find more information on that on my sourceforge site (see UPDATE section - BM). It's looking very promising and I plan to release it within a month.

To update you on the laptop situation - I'm running XP Pro (SP2) - I've got the wireless and the graphics working on my Toshiba Satellite L30 Notebook, but I can't for the life of me get the sound to work. I tried installing the XP version of the relevant Realtek driver and got the blue screen of death (and once installed, it did likewise regularly and didn't utter a peep). I also tried using the Vista driver - this installed correctly, but wasn't recognised by the OS. I'm presently looking for the Windows update for the Windows Base Driver (as this is what the XP version keeps moaning about) - more on this once it's resolved!

I've also installed Mandriva Powerpack 2008 as a Linux Distro. The free version really impressed me (it was Mandriva One 2006.0 that started my love affair with Linux in the first place). The free version could connect wirelessly using ndiswrapper, and could even do some light graphics work (the sound didn't work on the basis I needed Powerpack). I've now got hold of Powerpack - I'm struggling to get the wireless working, but once it is I can focus on updating the distro and getting both sound and graphics working. XP Pro I know how to resolve, but I've only had Powerpack installed for 6 days, so you'll have to give me the benefit of the doubt on that one!

I'm sure I'll comment on the XBOX 360 in future, but I wouldn't want my articles to be too long!!! Also, being a long-standing fan of the Civilization series I've recently invested in Civilization IV complete - I'm sure I'll enjoy...!

I will comment again very soon. In the meantime I hope you enjoy this site!


If you still want to check out ApolloOS the old Google Code listing still exists. However, this was later replaced with a newer kernel project called ScorchOS which you will find this link. BM ()