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Mon Dec 21 23:59:59 CDT 2015

Q-Link Rebooted

In July 2015, Cenbe started a rewrite of the Q-Link Reloaded code (now known as "Q-Link Rebooted"). By October, it was stable enough for Cenbe to start running a server again at qlink.lyonlabs.org:5190

The rewrite involves new database layer support for Postgres using Java JPA instead of raw SQL as well as massive code cleanup.

If you're interested in helping on the Q-Link Rebooted project, here are some things that need doing:

  • testing The server needs stress testing: as many users as possible online at once, switching rooms, sending emails and OLMs, reading articles, &c.
  • client setup docs We need good documentation on setting up the client, both on a real Commodore 64 and in current versions of the VICE emulator (on various operating systems).
  • menu ID Many of the Q-Link Rebooted menus are, of course, only placeholders. If you were a Q-Link user and remember what some of those stubbed-out menu selections did, drop me a line: cenbe at kolabnow dot com. Maybe I can at least populate some of them with articles describing what they used to do.
  • high-speed client In today's world of fast internet connections and disk images, it makes no sense to implement file transfers in Q-Link unless someone can come up with a high-speed patch for the client disk. We're talking about 19200 or 38400 bps, assuming a device like Dan Mackey's Link232.
  • client disassembly There's probably more that can be learned from a complete disassembly of the client disk. For those of you who are good at this sort of thing, I'm sure it would make an interesting project.

Please contact Cenbe if you have something to contribute.

PLEASE NOTE: q-link.net will continue to run the original QuantumLink RELOADED! code.


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