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VileR
March 25th, 2014, 06:32 AM
Lately I've been looking into the history of really early IBM PC shareware. The PC/Blue public domain library is probably one of the better-known sources from 1982 onwards (along with PC-SIG) - among others, it hosted the first version of PC-Talk, which some claim was the original "shareware" product; there are multiple usenet discussions (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!searchin/net.micro/%22pc-blue%22) about it, and the entire collection is available from cd.textfiles.com (1 (http://cd.textfiles.com/pcblue/), 2 (http://cd.textfiles.com/pcblueii/)). Apparently it was coordinated by a Mr. Hank Kee of NYACC (New York Amateur Computer Club), and one Frank J. Wancho was also involved.

Recently I came across an archive named PC-RGB: PC-Red, PC-Green, PC-Blue (http://leoromo.net/mirrors/ftp.chatnfiles.com/MSDOS%20Shareware%20Collection/PC-RGB.TXT). The PC-Blue disks therein appear to be identical to the ones in the above collection (though the selection is incomplete). On the other hand, the PC-Red and PC-Green collections appear to be something else; seemingly from the same timeframe (or thereabouts), but I haven't been able to find any information on these two.

Can anyone enlighten me? It looks like this archive came from a CD-ROM, and the .cl3 file has references to DynaComp, but their archived website (http://web.archive.org/web/*/www.dynacompsoftware.com) has no clues. What I'd like to know is where this stuff came from originally, and whether or not the Red/Green collections existed as such, say, in the 1980s.
Maybe those of you who 'were there' know more.