Here are the screenshots published in Atari World: color (showing GRAV2) and monochrome (using the Xlib-VDI driver) modes.
Here is a new screenshot (64KB .gif) showing the colour VDI mode (800x608x16) with STonX running on an Alpha clone with a Sun IPC as X display. The values are "real" timings, since the Timer C is running at 200Hz (as it has done since STonX 0.5.3 or so).
This is how fast STonX runs on a 366MHz 21164 based Alpha workstation running Red Hat Linux 4.1. Note, that this is not even a particularly high-end system, since a major german PC distributor is going to sell 500MHz 21164 based Alphas for approx. 6000DM soon.
Current features include:
Features that have been implemented but not yet released:
Due to the nature of the emulation, big-endian CPUs will run STonX faster than little-endian ones, and x86 CPUs are generally better supported (with some inline assembly). The graphics speed of "clean" GEM programs can be increased dramatically by using the Xlib-VDI driver (-vdi option), since the VDI graphics functions will then be performed directly by the X server (instead of the emulated TOS VDI).
However, people have successfully used STonX on Silicon Graphics workstations, HP PA-RISC systems, RS/6000 with AIX, proprietary systems by Siemens, PCs with FreeBSD, Suns with Solaris and SunOS and others.
As you can imagine, I'm very interested to fix portability problems, so please reports any unusual happenings to me as soon as possible!
You will also need a TOS image, but I cannot provide this for FTP since it is copyrighted by Atari Corp. PLEASE! do not ask me for TOS images!
STonX is also available on some versions of the german S.u.S.E. Linux distribution (STonX version 0.6.5 as of May 1997).
As of pre-release version 0.6.7-delta, I recommend using this instead of the "release" versions; it is more stable, bug-free (several emulation bugs are gone again!) but not tested enough to replace 0.6.5 completely.
A better maintained list of open issues, things that need to be fixed etc. can be found on the STonX TODO List page.
There's some information in this place now, with more being added whenever I feel like it.
A discussion forum using HyperNews has been set up at http://kali.vbs.at/hn/. It is still in testing stage and the connection is slow, so please be careful with it. If this works, it may become a very useful source of information about STonX.
Thanks! Without you, STonX would be much further from where it should be by now! :-)
Mon May 25 1998