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IBM Portable PC
June 2nd, 2016, 02:33 PM
I've just started reading up on GEM, is anyone running it?



June 2nd, 2016, 02:45 PM
I have it running on a Atari 1040 STe...so, MC68000.

June 2nd, 2016, 03:01 PM
I ran a cut down version called VeiwMax which came with DRDos 6.0. Ran quite well iirc. Eventually put Geoworks Ensemble on that 286.

June 2nd, 2016, 03:06 PM
I have used the open source version that ships with freedos. Since I wasnt doing office style work on my 386 in 2010 I never really found much use for it outside of file management (which view max handles that, along with who knows how many others)

I have a 8086 laptop on the way I might toss it on there for novelty

June 2nd, 2016, 03:26 PM
I ran it under some version of MS-DOS. Interesting, but never saw much developed for it.

The Atari 68K version was different. GEM there was basically an integrated whole, with system calls clearly based on the MS-DOS/CP/M model.

Flamin Joe
June 3rd, 2016, 07:08 PM
Atari bundled GEM Desktop (plus the applications Write and Paint) with the Atari PC1, PC2 and PC3 (all 8088's). It was the very first desktop GUI I used back in the late 80's when we had an Atari PC3.

It was good to use back then but with the limited application support we didn't use it for anything much more than a word processor. GEM Paint was fun to play around with as a kid but I eventually moved on and found a DOS paint program of which the name escapes me right now which did the job and same for word the processing. As for it's file manager capabilities, Norton Commander filled that void so GEM didn't get much use after that.

I've got it loaded on my current Atari PC3 but it's just there for sentimental/nostalgic reasons only.

June 3rd, 2016, 09:19 PM
About 10 years ago, there was a resurgence in interest in DRI GEM resulting in a bunch of new software including music players, games, the start of a spreadsheet, and a rudimentary web browser.

June 4th, 2016, 12:11 AM
In have more than 20 ATARI ST series computers (all models from 260 ST over STacy, ST-Book to TT and Falcon), all of the run GEM, even in Multitasking (MiNT). But that ist't what you asked for.

I have a special installation of GEM (based on some version of Free-GEM) which runs on my ATARI PC3 and on my Olivetti M24. The special is that I can choose if it runs GEM/1.2 or GEM/3.0 desktop, with and without accessories. And it has all 'historic' applications, like wordplus and many more. The only historic application which is missing is the Ventura Publisher. But's this is only for fun, not productive. The M24 also runs Windows 1.02 and the PC3 runs Windows 2.0x.

That 'new' software 10 years ago would interest me, where to get it?

June 4th, 2016, 09:01 AM
That 'new' software 10 years ago would interest me, where to get it?

You probably have most of this already but the following links might help