BBC B ‘best computer ever’
by Nigel Willmott : Be the first to leave a comment
That’s the opinion, anyway, of Paul fellows – though he may be biased as a former Acorn developer. Last October he spoke to the monthly meeting of the London Risc Os user group about the development of the Arthur and Risc Os operating systems.
Rougol has now put a transcript of the talk on its website. “Obviously we started off with the best machine in the world, ever, the BBC micro model B,” he kicks off.
He goes on to describe the development of the first Arm chip, which “had only 26 different instructions at the time and … no multiply”.
But, he added, when he finally got hold of one: “It was absolutely amazing to boot one of these things up with BBC Basic V, and see that I had a whole megabyte of ram to play with, and the thing was incredibly fast.”