As a first, I have to thank you for your efforts about Calmira. Thanks, because it is common heritage & history, and should be remembered,
at least as a step in evolution of OS & GUI.
I used Calmira for years, and it was great, and really fast at old comps.
I am writing you this letter as a support for a possible continuing of development!
I want to encourage you, because you could make Calmira useful again! Your effort until now could be valuable again!
There are many new ARM processor based platforms in developing, iPhone is just one of more famous.
Some of them are "smartphones", some are "net tablets", "netbooks", "palmtops", "modern handhelds" etc.
Many Intel, Nokia, Palm, Sony etc platform developed/ are in developing. But there are plenty of new, open source based: I'll mention two, most interested to me:
BeagleBoard and Pandora (BTW I'll be happy owner of Pandora quite soon).
There is also battle about different OSes which will drive those hardwares: Android, Maemo, Angstrom Linux, OS X iPhone, ACESS Linux, WebOS (even "old" as Windows Mobile, Symbian) etc.
Most of them are Linux/Linux based. Some (many?) of them will have some kind of (Linux flavour of) DOSBox (which is already ported to generic ARM) ported to its own platform.
This is where things are starting to be interested:
Range of emulating PC is 286-486, from 33-100mhz. Nobody knows exactly, because it is too many factors (This chart could be of relevance).
What is already proven is that Win 3.1x will work for sure at DOSBox. Speed could be a problem for sure.
If you saw those modern GUIs on those mobile gadgets (resolution is mostly from 320x400 - 800x600px)...
well, I think that it could be easy graphically emulated at Calmira. At least, it should not be much more problem then XP/Vista!
And if there works only a few essential apps like calculator, notepad, minesweeper
, lview... it is just enough!
I think this project could be fun! I like retro, and now Calmira even more then before!
I'm not a programmer, but I'm ready to help with this project. I'm ready to start programming, even for 16bit Delphi (Euphoria will be more apreciated) !
Sorry pall(s) if I'm disturbing you, I just thought that you may just care...
Here is info topic for new visitors at Pandora(/Gp32/Wizz/etc) forum called "The Pandora can not run Windows (or WINE)" Posted 17 May 2009.
Soon people started to protest:
"I know this is highly pedantic but i'm fairly certain Windows 3.1 is possible via Dosbox."
and it almost over with state "Windows 3.1 is not useful in any way for what people want to do."
Proove it other! (BTW I'll start there new topic about that subject)
Please mail me without obligations, I'm interesting at your opinion.
Darko Bednjanec, Croatia
How Calmira works with Win32s, Wing etc?
I remember that I run e.g. Xara 32-bit at Win 3.11... and there was some german guy that was 'hacked' 32-bit apps to work Win32s@Win3.11
Btw, I got somewhere on floppy "portable" (ram-disk based) Win 3.1x -but without Calmira.