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Old 07-07-2017, 09:43 AM   #1
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Wordstar Official Close for Linux?


Hello,

Would you eventually a know possible Wordstar Official Close for Linux?

ncurse alt but it doesnt mimic much the original wordstar: http://joe-editor.sourceforge.net/

Have Fun using Linux!
 
Old 07-07-2017, 10:01 AM   #2
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Hello,

Would you eventually a know possible Wordstar Official Close for Linux?

ncurse alt but it doesnt mimic much the original wordstar: http://joe-editor.sourceforge.net/

Have Fun using Linux!
Is there a possibility of you rephrasing this question please? I have no idea what you mean by "Wordstar Official Close".

Are you looking for a replacement software package that is as close to Wordstar as possible? Did you mean "clone" perhaps?
 
Old 07-27-2017, 03:48 AM   #3
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web-searching: linux wordstar
finds: http://wordtsar.ca (tho a few years OLD)
And mentions of joe, emacs, dosbox/etc

Popular topic! Here, a nostalgic story garnered almost a comment per minute! (156) tho no Linux 'solution'.
 
Old 07-27-2017, 10:26 AM   #4
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web-searching: linux wordstar
finds: http://wordtsar.ca (tho a few years OLD)
And mentions of joe, emacs, dosbox/etc

Popular topic! Here, a nostalgic story garnered almost a comment per minute! (156) tho no Linux 'solution'.
it existed so long. Everyone was using Wordstar in the prehistory of informatics. It is weird that there is no clone today in our modern age.
 
Old 07-27-2017, 10:28 AM   #5
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WordStar !!! Holy retro, Batman ... What's next, VisiCalc ??!

I remember using WordStar in the early 80s ... If this is a nostalgia-trip objective kinda thing, I would start by following the links suggested above by Jjanel ...

The option of running the original WordStar executable (if you can find it ...) in DosBox would probably be your best bet ...

Cheers !
 
Old 07-27-2017, 10:33 AM   #6
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WordStar !!! Holy retro, Batman ... What's next, VisiCalc ??!

I remember using WordStar in the early 80s ... If this is a nostalgia-trip objective kinda thing, I would start by following the links suggested above by Jjanel ...

The option of running the original WordStar executable (if you can find it ...) in DosBox would probably be your best bet ...

Cheers !
Man, if you used WordStar, you must be very old. Respect.
WordStar was a good concept at that time, when one think about how could have looked the keyboards.

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Old 07-27-2017, 10:50 AM   #7
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Man, if you used WordStar, you must be very old.
Alas ... 56.

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Respect.
... most kind


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WordStar was a good concept at that time, when one think about how could have looked the keyboards.
... It was fast and efficient once you got used to the ubiquitous "Wordstar Star" key commands ...

... Out of curiosity, what is your interest in finding a linux alternative for Wordstar ?
 
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Alas ... 56.



... most kind




... It was fast and efficient once you got used to the ubiquitous "Wordstar Star" key commands ...

... Out of curiosity, what is your interest in finding a linux alternative for Wordstar ?

The WordStar concept was originally powerful at that time.

Maybe research or archeology?

It may offer an alternative solid funded editor for the terminal. vim is funded on vi which is funded on ed, and ed was originally very old and target to earliest purposes. It appears to me that these programmes have all the same programming origin.

Next to vim, there is the beautiful emacs.

But more other editor uniquely destined to typing and word processing arent existing until today for the terminal.

Why? Because of writing.
 
Old 07-27-2017, 12:34 PM   #9
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I started using WordStar on CPM and DOS 1.2. It fit well with Borland's IDE for Turbo Pascal for CPM86 when I started coding in something that was not assembler.

Today those closest thing I do is using JOE, which uses some of the WordStar keybindings for functions. I still value being able to do everything from the keyboard without having an electronic RAT on my desk.
 
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... I still value being able to do everything from the keyboard without having an electronic RAT on my desk.
.. This one made me laugh

Cheers, wpeckham.
 
Old 07-27-2017, 12:46 PM   #11
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I started using WordStar on CPM and DOS 1.2. It fit well with Borland's IDE for Turbo Pascal for CPM86 when I started coding in something that was not assembler.

Today those closest thing I do is using JOE, which uses some of the WordStar keybindings for functions. I still value being able to do everything from the keyboard without having an electronic RAT on my desk.
Do you still have the original floppies of your CP/M? I still have many disks, including Assembler, Basic,... and even games. If we can call it games: eg. starfield with randomly moving 'o'
 
Old 07-27-2017, 12:47 PM   #12
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I know that George R. R. Martin and Anne Rice were using Wordstar well into the 90s (at least). I wonder if either of them still do.

Oh btw, patrick295767, is there a reason you consistently misspell "clone" as "close"?

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Old 07-27-2017, 12:58 PM   #13
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I know that George R. R. Martin and Anne Rice were using Wordstar well into the 90s (at least). I wonder if either of them still do.

Oh btw, patrick295767, is there a reason you consistently misspell "clone" as "close"?
Despite the 's' and 'n' keys are located on the keyboard relatively far, I missed the right key while typing.
WordStar was an innovative revolution at that time, WordStar: soooo old time computers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt0OoXluC8g
 
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56... very old? I hope not! (I'm close to that too )

I was on the other side of the tracks, a WordPerfect user.

For those interested in "very old" articles, here's one from 1984 on WordStar vs WordPerfect:

https://www.csmonitor.com/1984/1107/110722.html
 
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56... very old? I hope not! (I'm close to that too )

I was on the other side of the tracks, a WordPerfect user.

For those interested in "very old" articles, here's one from 1984 on WordStar vs WordPerfect:

https://www.csmonitor.com/1984/1107/110722.html
Compared to WordStar, seeing this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt0OoXluC8g , WordPerfect is supreme, modern, high-technology )
 
  


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