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Contiki 3.0 Released, Retains Support For Apple II, C64 44

An anonymous reader writes that on Wednesday the Contiki team announced the release of Contiki 3.0, the latest version of the open source IoT operating system. The 3.0 release is a huge step up from the 2.x branch and brings support for new and exciting hardware, a set of new network protocols, a bunch of improvements in the low-power mesh networking protocols, along with a large number of general stability improvements. And, yes, the system still runs on the Commodore 64/128, Apple II, Atari.
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Contiki 3.0 Released, Retains Support For Apple II, C64

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  • Oh dear... is "IoT" already so ubiquitous that it doesn't need expanding any more?

    (Internet of Things, for the probably substantial number of people who won't know it at a glance)

    • I prefer "Internet (Direct Interaction) of Things".

    • by creimer ( 824291 )
      If they included the Commodore VIC-20, it would be the Internet of Toys. According to my seventh grade Apple ][ instructor, the VIC-20 is a toy and not a "real" computer.
      • The 1970s called - they want their religious war back
      • by mwvdlee ( 775178 )

        Version 1 was ported to VIC-20 (and worse), albeit without networking, so no "Internet of Anything": http://hitmen.c02.at/html/tool... [c02.at]

      • Re:IoT (Score:4, Insightful)

        by LWATCDR ( 28044 ) on Thursday August 27, 2015 @11:35AM (#50402597) Homepage Journal

        Funny but a friend of mine called the Apple II a toy but then he had a PDP-11.
        Actually the AppleII was a better computer than the Vic-20 but it also cost many times as much.
        Frankly I loved all the computers of the late 70s early 80s. So many new ideas and so many systems and all of them you could learn inside and out except for the Ti-99.

        • Frankly I loved all the computers of the late 70s early 80s.

          Yeah, me too. All of them were very distinctive, with their own unique strengths and weaknesses. Compatibility? We don' need no steenkin' compatibility!
          • by LWATCDR ( 28044 )

            And so many CPUs 8080, 8085, Z80, 6809, 6502, 68000, 8088,8086, TI TMS 9900, NS-32016 and goodness knows what else.

    • Contiki has been around since well before [wikipedia.org] the name "IoT" existed.

    • by mwvdlee ( 775178 )

      Since you're complaining about the term not being explained instead of asking what it means, I'd say it's ubiquitous.

      • Since you're complaining about the term not being explained instead of asking what it means, I'd say it's ubiquitous.

        What, it's ubiquitous because I know what it means? I had no idea I was the Arbiter of Ubiquity.

        • by mwvdlee ( 775178 )

          Nobody else asked either, they were just agreeing that it should have been explained.

        • Since you're complaining about the term not being explained instead of asking what it means, I'd say it's ubiquitous.

          What, it's ubiquitous because I know what it means? I had no idea I was the Arbiter of Ubiquity.

          Only the true Messiah denies his divinity!

  • by anchovy_chekov ( 1935296 ) on Thursday August 27, 2015 @10:25AM (#50401977)
    I had completely forgotten about Contiki. It's actually quite a neat OS, but I moved away from embedded systems years ago and all that sort of stuff slipped away. There's a box of things gathering dust that could run this.

    Good stuff. Better than an oversized OS draining your power and sucking performance out of constrained hardware. Maybe it's finally Contiki's time to shine.
    • Maybe it's finally Contiki's time to shine.

      The Year of Contiki on the Desktop has arrived!

      • Maybe it's finally Contiki's time to shine.

        The Year of Contiki on the Desktop has arrived!

        I still have problems getting audio to work, plus you can't get printer drivers for my 1985 HP Laserjet 1.19L. Also, DVD playback doesn't work out of the box.

  • Its very cool but I wonder how it will work with thread http://threadgroup.org/Downloads.aspx
    it would be nice if the mesh included nest and other thread hardware

  • by Lumpy ( 12016 ) on Thursday August 27, 2015 @10:56AM (#50402231) Homepage

    IOT is a fail because of manufacturers.

    For example, ZigBee connected light bulbs, GE Link, Cree Connected, and Phillips Hue all use their OWN modified protocol. First the use the ZLL protocol instead of the ZHA that they should be using, then they refuse to repeat signals for other brands. So you have some cheap Cree bulbs in entryways and hallways, but have the expensive white color temperature bulbs for elsewhere... Oh they don't mesh, sorry. They also don't mesh with your other devices so you have a horribly broken and fractured mess that barely works.

    IoT is an epic fail because we don't have a group of people going to different manufacturers with a sack of rocks and beating the shit out of executives and head engineers. I blame ZigBee and Z-Wave for not forcing companies at gunpoint to follow a freaking standard, but the engineers and executives made the decision to be assholes and intentionally be incompatible.

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