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LegOS - Open Source OS for Lego Mindstorms 15

An anonymous reader writes "While a Lego Mindstorms R2D2 might look cool, what OS is your robot going to run? Let me tell you, what it wants to run is LegOS. " I can't find mindstorms anywhere around here. I want some so bad its just sick. Especially those Star Wars Mindstorms. Can anyone attest to the usability of LegOS? As soon as its good, I'm just gonna have to bite the bullet and buy me some Mindstorm.
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LegOS - Open Source OS for Lego Mindstorms

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  • You should check out LUGnet [lugnet.com] (the newsgroups especially) and Lego Mindstorms Internals [crynwr.com].

    LUGnet, incidentally, runs on all open-source/Free software.


  • Last year Lego made a loss for the first time since it was founded in 1932, and now they're talking about a 10% cutback of the workforce. (See http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/business/the%5Fco mpany%5Ffile/newsid%5F259000/259803.stm)

    Regards, Ralph.
  • LEGOS is OK, but NQC (Not Quite C) is the heart of it all.
    It works, and is one heck of a lot better than the dumb software that comes with the kits.

    As for getting a Mindstorms kit mine is for sale for $150.

  • It was recently reported on the lego-robotics list that the Mindstorms set is available at eToys [etoys.com] for around 200 bucks.
  • Folks, the RCX has a whopping 32 kilobytes of external RAM. A programming language that uses a dynamic stack (to allow scoped variables, and true recursion-supporting function calls) would be a horrible waste of that RAM. It looks like you wouldn't even be able to port and run Interactive-C applications with this little primary storage. Take a good look at NQC, folks. It's really just BASIC made to look like C. The function calls are just figments of your imagination, they don't really exist, they are just spiffied-up GOTOs. As for an entire OS, you have got to be friggin *kidding* me!
  • by verch ( 12834 )
    My French is a bit rusty but it looks like this page has been /.'ed out of existence. In under an hour too, not bad.
    Is there another site for infon on LegOS?
  • If you're a Haskell fan, check out this Mindstorms page [yale.edu].

"The eleventh commandment was `Thou Shalt Compute' or `Thou Shalt Not Compute' -- I forget which." -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982