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Cross-platform BBC BASIC (Win32, Linux x86, Android, Mac OS-X, Raspberry Pi)

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« Reply #15 on: Jan 5th, 2016, 7:56pm »

on Jan 5th, 2016, 4:38pm, GordonS wrote:
That is strange Richard because the back of the Tablet clearly has ASUS embossed on it.

I didn't say that it isn't an Asus product, but that it doesn't have an Intel x86 CPU.

See for example here where it states that the Nexus 7 has a snapdragon (ARM) processor, so isn't of interest in the context of this thread since it can't run BBC BASIC.

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« Reply #16 on: Jan 6th, 2016, 05:26am »

on Jan 5th, 2016, 08:29am, GordonS wrote:
I have a little refurbished Android OS 7 inch tablet I am very pleased with being such a change from Windows. So I too would be very interested in learning how to adapt BBC4W code to hopefully run on my Tablet one day. I did try to install Android OS on a couple of old PCs from a CD I bought. Though it worked OK in RAM as an option, even with a non Touch Screen Monitor I had no luck getting it to work allowing it to reformat and install on the hard drive. It also offered all sorts of confusing options when fully installing such as GRUB I have never seen when successfully installing Ubuntu or Mint.

I see now the CD no longer appears to be available on EBay bit instead there are CDs available for such as claiming to allow you to run Apps for Android.
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I followed this tutorial:
http://techposts.org/install-android-4-4-2-kitkat-computer-laptop/
to install android on an old Laptop

Also 'BlueStacks' is good for running Android app on PC

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« Reply #17 on: Jan 6th, 2016, 4:02pm »

Despite my consistent use of the term Android (86) or Intel Android, and my repeated clarification that there's no way that (my) BBC BASIC can ever run on the vast majority of Android devices (which use ARM processors), at least one member of this forum was apparently still muddled on this point.

Since a key feature of BBC BASIC (indeed its Unique Selling Point) is the embedded assembler, one thing I ought to be able to rely on is that BBC BASIC programmers in general are more aware of the significance of the underlying CPU and its particular machine code than perhaps the average high-level-language programmer is.

So I really don't know how I can make it any clearer that IA-32 (Intel Architecture 32-bits, loosely known as x86 or x686) code, such as my BBC BASIC interpreter, cannot run on an ARM (originally Acorn RISC Machine) processor.

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