Projects / bigFORTH/MINOS


bigFORTH is a native code Forth. It was originally developed on the Atari ST for the Motorola 68k processor and was recently ported to Intel 386, running under a DOS extender (GO32). bigFORTH is available for Linux and Windows 95/98/NT in pre-beta-test. This version is available under GPL. The most striking new feature is the graphical user interface MINOS and the form editor Theseus. MINOS is a graphic user interface (GUI) for X, written for bigFORTH-Linux and bigFORTH-Win32. It includes a rapid GUI developement editor (Theseus).

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Recent releases

  •  16 Jan 2005 23:04

    Release Notes: This release fixes the bugs left over from 2.0.12. Scroll wheel support has been added. Unicode support (UTF-8 format) has been added. This is a significant change, so take care. The Unicode code only comes into effect when your language environment variable (like LANG, LC_ALL, or LC_CTYPE) contains the substring UTF-8. To display Unicode properly, an Xft font is used for rendering, and a second font inserted for CJK rendering.

    •  03 Sep 2003 14:58

      Release Notes: This version fixes a few bugs, like FORTH-WORDLIST being commented out, and problems with read only filesystems (like those used by Knoppix). The OpenGL bindings were also fixed. A new setup script for Inno Setup 3.x and a Windows distribution were created. The Makefile and configure process were fixed so that the Windows version can be compiled from source with "./configure; make" when Cygwin is installed. The MINOS version was increased to 1.0.0, as there are few further changes to expect.

      •  16 Aug 2001 09:17

        Release Notes: This release includes further features from Gforth (directory access, history file). Fixed a saving bug in the streamfile editor, as well as bugs in open-file and resize-file. Fixes a bug in search, and added two environmental queries: forthid gives "bigFORTH", and forthver ( -- major minor minor-minor ).

        •  15 Aug 2000 23:24

          Release Notes: This version fixes two bugs in the NT version, the 50% CPU consumption reported by the task manager, and the inability to detect modifier keys on mouse clicks. Furthermore, the interfaces were backported to bigFORTH's OOF. There are some minor fixes, too.

          •  26 Sep 1999 21:42

            Release Notes: This version fixes bugs and adds features, Theseus now manages included files explicitely (not through the class name anymore), you can add filenames in the context menu of the dialog, all text-based widgets render their text through a font class, Theseus allows to change these fonts (no font selector yet), and in the class browser you can click on a class, and get source and a list of methods and variables (clicking on them takes you to the definition of the method/variable).


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