Let's develop an open-source media archive standard

From: Vintage Computer Festival <vcf_at_siconic.com>
Date: Tue Aug 10 23:18:20 2004

On Tue, 10 Aug 2004, Teo Zenios wrote:

> The images they made can be run on WinUAE, and there is talk of using the
> recently announced Catweasel V 4 for dumping the images back to floppy.
> They have also started looking at doing the same preservation on the Atari
> ST line, which ST people have problems with for some reason (namely Amiga
> people doing the standards).

Not surprising. I wish people could not act like infants all the time.

Another benefit of creating a universal standard is that it takes platform
wars out of the equation.

> Without support from the people of the different platforms it would be hard
> to get a universal program to work. While TOSEC.org has done a good job of
> cataloging image files from multiple systems, most of their archives are for
> programs that have been cracked, while CAPs is trying to preserver the
> programs as they were sold with the copy protection intact.

Platforms do not figure into the specification I have in mind. It would
be a specification. It could then be implemented on whatever platform
anyone cared to. As long as the various applications follow the spec,
images will be able to be stored where ever. Apple ][ users could store
Amiga images if they wanted to.

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