No Linux, no Python, it's Oberon all the way

December 29, 2015 | 13:36
OberonStation was designed specifically to run Oberon RISC.
OberonStation was designed specifically to run Oberon RISC.
Besides a king of fairies and a moon of Uranus (please post your jokes in the comments section), Oberon is also the name of a programming language in the Pascal/Modula tradition. Until 2008 Oberon was also the name of the runtime system but for practical reasons this was changed. The current system, A2, is a single-user, multi-core, multi-tasking system that runs on bare hardware or on top of a host operating system. 

Project Oberon is an open-source design for a complete desktop computer system from scratch. Its simplicity and clarity enables a single person to know and implement the entire system, while still providing enough power to make it useful and usable in a production environment. In 2013 Project Oberon was ported to a Digilent Xilinx Spartan 3 FPGA Starter Board and later also to a Pipistrello board from Saanlima. OberonStation, a Xilinx Spartan 3-based computer was designed specifically to run Oberon RISC.

Astrobe for FPGA RISC5 is a free Windows (version 7, 8 and 10) development system that developers can use to edit and cross-compile applications written using the Oberon programming language to run either on an FPGA Project Oberon 2013 workstation and operating system or on an embedded real-time subset of the Project Oberon OS. The applications are uploaded to the host FPGA RISC5 target development board via a fast RS232 link to the PC.

The article Oberon System Implemented on a Low-Cost FPGA Board by Pascal inventor Niklaus Wirth is highly recommended for further reading.
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