H. Peter Anvin (
6 Dec 1998 01:17:17 GMT

Followup to: <>
By author: Daniel Zinsli <>
In newsgroup:
> It seems that in the good ol' days, you could include simple basic-code
> in the rom :-)
> Has anyone got an url for more info / specs?

On true-blue IBM boxen, it seems there was a BASIC interpreter
("cassette BASIC") in the ROM; apparently some old agreement between
IBM and Micro$oft still require them to include it, even though noone
ever uses it... or ever did, for that matter (virtually no IBM PCs
were sold to be used in a cassette configuration.)


    PGP: 2047/2A960705 BA 03 D3 2C 14 A8 A8 BD  1E DF FE 69 EE 35 BD 74
    See for web page and full PGP public key
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