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Tim Adams is working on a portable 64bit re-implementation of RM Basic, and is interested on any feedback or thoughts or back-in-the-day experience with RM Nimbus.

There's a thread over here with a link to the github repo.
RM BASICx64 is a 64-bit re-implementation of RM Basic, a dialect of BASIC developed by Research Machines in 1985 for the RM Nimbus PC186, targeting Windows and Linux operating systems.

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Excellent - RM BASIC was also used on the 380z and 480z - I'd guess the nimbus version was an evolution of it? (he says not having done any googling) Our nimbii at school mostly ran the nimbus port of BBC BASIC :)

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I used 380z and 480z computers at high school (unfortunately not a Beeb in sight), would be great to try out its Basic again.
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Great to see some interest here! I remember the Nimbus BBC Basic port - it was pretty good too, and it's great that BBC Basic still seems to be in active development. Poor old RM Basic is dead as a doornail from what I can tell but I'm determined to bring it back! I don't remember if RM Basic on the Nimbus was actually related to Basic on the 3/480Z. That's the trouble with this project is the lack of information beyond the manuals. Everyone knows Richard T. Russell but all I found out about who developed RM Basic is a string in the decompiled executable crediting "Tim, Goat, Gerry & Co." - if anyone can shed any light that would great!
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timadams wrote:
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:48 pm
Great to see some interest here! I remember the Nimbus BBC Basic port - it was pretty good too, and it's great that BBC Basic still seems to be in active development. Poor old RM Basic is dead as a doornail from what I can tell but I'm determined to bring it back! I don't remember if RM Basic on the Nimbus was actually related to Basic on the 3/480Z. That's the trouble with this project is the lack of information beyond the manuals. Everyone knows Richard T. Russell but all I found out about who developed RM Basic is a string in the decompiled executable crediting "Tim, Goat, Gerry & Co." - if anyone can shed any light that would great!
Have you tried the RM group on groups.io? https://groups.io/g/research-machines

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Cheers Daniel - I didn't know it existed. Going over there to have a look around now...
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Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:54 pm
Have you tried the RM group on groups.io? https://groups.io/g/research-machines

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I used a 380Z at school, but unfortunately the only two things that I can remember about it (the BASIC rather than the computer) are that it loaded from floppy disk, and it wasn’t BBC BASIC! The school had one 380Z and two BBC B’s.

It would be fun to have a play with it though.

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timadams wrote:
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:48 pm
I remember the Nimbus BBC Basic port - it was pretty good too
The Nimbus BBC BASIC port was a little unusual in that it was a hybrid: the interpreter was mine, but the VDU emulator was written by RM to utilise the capabilities of their hardware. That way they achieved better compatibility with the BBC Micro than my BASICs managed in the day with standard graphics cards.
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Richard Russell wrote:
Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:54 pm
The Nimbus BBC BASIC port was a little unusual in that it was a hybrid
Very interesting about the Nimbus port. I did used to wonder if the BBC-esque graphics were a software emulation or something in the Nimbus hardware. On the topic of RM Basic: I'm interested in learning some background about who developed it and how. I haven't found anything online. Do you know anyone who might be able to help? In any event it's great to hear from you - at school I spent many warm, sunny afternoons indoors working on BBC Basic!
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