When I got the relation to Public Domain Software, my main PC was X68000 (made by SHARP) that is one of the best PC in Japan PC’s history. X68000 had an excellent architecture, the best world to enjoy creations and the same spec as GENESIS to develop a video game. Many programers learned programing with X68000 and most of them became a video game programer. I’m one of them.

There are two C compilers in X68k that are XC(*)+XCLIB (SHARP SDK) and gcc+libc. SHARP SDK was not free, but gcc+libc was free. We, X68k programers had released many free software but had not considered licenses. The most popular combination was gcc+XCLIB. gcc was able to optimize programs than XC. And, XCLIB is smaller than libc because XCLIB was written by the machine language. We had liked the gcc+XCLIB combination that programers who did not have SHARP SDK could not compile. For that, most programers prepared better makefile to compile programs with both of SHARP SDK and gcc+libc.

(*) This XC is not XOOPS Cube. We called X68k C compiler “XC”.
PDS(Public Domain Software) was known, but “Open Source” was not defined yet. But programers loved freedom and knew what programers should do.


However, most X68k programers did not use dynamic link to use libraries. If a program links libc with static link, the program has to be LGPL. If the license of the program can not be linked with LGPL, that’s the actions that are not allowed. Also it is not allowed to link XCLIB to programs having GPL/LGPL code.

We may have made small boo-boo. But, our world was really freedom. I think our world did not have a problem. You may call such a world anarchy. That was really open, even if there were not GPL/LGPL.

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4 Responses to X68k+LGPL

  1. Joe says:

    Yes!Still, I’m loving X68k.We are children of “freedom”.Of course, I had made many programs by gcc (mariko version) + xclib.I believe LGPL or GPL is just a weapon against anti-freedom companies/people.Like a needle of a honeybee.Honeybees never use the needle against another honeybees.

  2. randomshinichi says:

    Hey, I found your blog while searching for the Sharp X68000. It seems to be very desirable and I find it very attractive – do you know where I can find one? Not even eBay Japan has one!Unlike everybody else out there, I’m not interested in the X68K as a games platform.

  3. neko68k says:

    X68k is the best computer of its time and still holds strong. There is a small group of English speakers who would love to learn how to program the X68k. Could you tell me any books or websites that could help us understand?

    Google Japan is difficult for us because our Japanese is not very good. We are able to purchase books if they become available on Yahoo or in shops in Tokyo. If we had some help we could translate things over time. We are skilled programmers but our knowledge of X68k is small. I welcome an email or join us on IRC: efnet, #x68000

    I hope to hear from you.

  4. ritchan says:

    I’ve been trying to install XC Compiler on my virtual X68000 (XM6 emulator), and it’s really weird, even though the first floppy disk (3 floppies total I think) is in, it still ejects it and says “please insert System Disk 1”. Do you have any idea how to solve this? Or are the floppies copy protected?

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