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README
SmallBASIC
http://smallbasic.sourceforge.net

README.DEV  --- Information for developers
README.PALM --- Notes for PalmOS 
README.UNIX --- Notes for Unices
README.W32  --- Notes for Win32
LICENSE     --- GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE

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Unix version requirements
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    gcc 2.x.x

    Graphics:
    ---------
    kernel 2.4.x framebuffer device              (/dev/fb0 must exists)
    OR
	SVGALib 1.9.6                                 (www.svgalib.org)
    OR
	SDL library (SDL works under X or framebuffer) (www.libsdl.org)

    Sound:
    ------
    OSS compatible card/driver                  (/dev/dsp must exists)

    Mice:
    -----
    Mouse is supported on SDL and SVGALIB drivers

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PalmOS version requirements
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    pilrc version 2.7+

    MathLib.prc version 1.1+

    A Palm with PalmOS 3.1 or newer
    Recommended: PalmOS 3.3 with 4MB RAM

For developers:
    prc-tools version 2.0.90-1 (GNU)

    PalmOS v3.5 SDK  

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DOS version requirements
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	MSDOS 5.0+ with DJGPP memory manager (www.delorie.com)

For developers:
	Linux PC, with msdos-djgpp cross compiler

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Win32 version requirements
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	Windows 9x/ME or NT

	Sound Card

For developers:
	GUI version: Borland C++ Builder 6+
	console version: Linux PC, with mingw32 cross compiler

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Easy installation for Unix: Default configuration
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    Driver: framebuffer (graphics), OSS sound, no-mouse 

    Go to sync/ directory and type the following commands

    make fb
    make install

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Easy installation for Unix: Other configurations
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    svgalib (graphics), OSS sound, svgalib's mouse
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    make svga
    make install
    ln -svf /usr/local/bin/svgasbasic /usr/local/bin/sbasic

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    SDL (graphics), SDL sound, SDL's mouse
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    make sdl
    make install
    ln -svf /usr/local/bin/sdlsbasic /usr/local/bin/sbasic

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    * Not suggested * : X (graphics), OSS sound, X's mouse
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    make x
    make install
    ln -svf /usr/local/bin/xsbasic /usr/local/bin/sbasic

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    * Not suggested * : X (graphics), OSS sound, X's mouse
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    make xf
    make install
    ln -svf /usr/local/bin/xsbasic /usr/local/bin/sbasic

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    * Not suggested * : OFBIS (graphics), OSS sound, OFBIS mouse
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    make ofb
    make install
    ln -svf /usr/local/bin/ofbsbasic /usr/local/bin/sbasic

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Compilation for PalmOS
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* SmallBASIC for PalmOS

    make palm

* Install SmallBASIC to Palm

    make send

    Note: pilot-link required

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Utilities
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Unix:
    u2d              --- convert unix text files (like the sources) to
			 win/dos
    d2u              --- convert dos text files to unix
    mksmall          --- convert all filenames to lowercase

    Unix & PalmOS:
    bas2pdb          --- convert .bas text files to .pdb
    pdb2bas          --- convert .pdb files to .bas text
    mkpdb            --- creates a pdb from BINs

Win32:
    u2d              --- convert unix text files (like the sources) to
			 win/dos
    d2u              --- convert dos text files to unix
    mksmall          --- convert all filenames to lowercase
    win32/sb         --- under development (SB/PalmOS EMU IDE)

    Win32 & PalmOS:
    bas2pdb          --- convert .bas text files to .pdb
    pdb2bas          --- convert .pdb files to .bas text
    win32/bas2pdb    --- GUI convertor (PDB to BAS and BAS to PDB)

PalmOS:
    palm/            --- a few fonts


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Notes:
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About Manual:
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a) The original manual is the doc/ref.txt (source-code version)

b) There is a copy of the manual inside the code.
Try sbasic -h for more information (PC)
Or the help-menu (PalmOS)

c) Almost, the same text is on the SmallBASIC's site (which it is 
converted to html)


About Speed:
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The drivers dev_xf, dev_w32, dev_w32f, dev_ndcfb, dev_dos
are using double-buffer technique. 

This technique updates the video RAM every 50ms (20fps); that means its
needs fast machines or small video resolutions.

Do not use these drivers on 200MHz CPUs.

PC version can speed-up a lot of times if the SB is compiled with
the MALLOC_LIMITED. Also, that method uses less memory but unfortunately 
cannot protected you from memory-leaks or other memory problems.

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Bug reports
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Try the webboard (I prefer it).
Or send mail to inachus@freemail.gr

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