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Latest repository additions:
QL Today Magazine - THE ARCHIVE! (Put online 2016-12-24)
QL/E - THE QL ENVIRONMENT! (Updated 2017-02-28, version 3.16)
QL IS 30 2014 - THE DISTRIBUTION public release! (Updated 2016-04-23, version 3.04)


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Jan 10th 2014 – This new website is THE REPOSITORY to host the files of the SINCLAIR QL Preservation Project (SQPP). This project has been launched as part of the "QL is 25" activities way back in 2009. Over the last few years many long lost items have been resurrected and several thousand files, may it be QL software, documentation or pictures became available (again). Many places in the internet (various Websites, YouTube videos and video descriptions, various Forum discussions, Google+ posts, Mailing-list posts and last but not least QL is 30 activities of 2014) point to this site for Sinclair QL software download or accessing other QL related stuff. Selected files are available for direct download by the links in the table below.

This Sinclair QL internet site offers a whole lot for you to download and explore.

First there are those unique original documents dated 1982 to 1986 from the QL's inventor company Sinclair Research Ltd. Internal stuff like employee directory or preliminary documentation of the operating system, the launch press conference marketing material, brochures, magazine adverts, advertisement features, software developer's guide, user guide, service manual, you name it.

Second there are in-depth interviews with original development team members and articles from this millennium reflecting the QL's history.

Then there's THE DISTRIBUTION, a huge repository of QL related programs, documentation and images. Last updated in 2016, altogether there are almost 4.7 GB (full DVD size) of documents, software and pictures in the latest version of this massive collection called QL IS 30 2014 - THE DISTRIBUTION. Here's a short summary of what it offers:
  • QL/E - THE QL ENVIRONMENT!, a pre-configured and ready to go QL environment (applications, demos, desktops, games, tools, utilities) using the latest versions of the virtual QL machines (aka emulators) QPC2 and SMSQmulator and the operating system SMSQ/E.
    QL/E v3.16, Edition 1702, Codename "Snow white swan", BOOTed under SMSQmulator v2.23 (Java 8)
    QL/E v3.15, Edition 1611, Codename "Grey heron", BOOTed under SMSQmulator v2.20 (Java 8)
    QL/E v3.13, Edition 1604, BOOTed under SMSQmulator v2.18 (Java 8)
    QL/E v3.13, Edition 1604, BOOTed under QPC2 v4.02
    QL/E v3.11, Edition 1511, Codename "Crow", BOOTed under QPC2 v4.02
    QL/E v3.10, Edition 1504, BOOTed under QPC2 v4.02
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  • All 17 volumes of the QL Today magazines ever published (1996-2013, 123 issues) as scanned PDF files
  • Seven volumes of the QUANTA eMag (Volumes 22 to 28, 2005-2011, 43 issues) as PDF files
  • GMOVE software blitter by Linus B Torvalds, the inventor of Linux
  • Prospero Pro Pascal & Pro Fortran-77 programming languages
  • QDT desktop by James "Jim" Hunkins
  • QTop user front end by Urs König
  • TRON Light Cycles game
  • Rotating Head & Elite demos
  • Original QL Demonstration software written by "bi Si" (Sinclair Research Ltd)
  • New (2014) QL industrial design by Rick Dickinson, industrial designer of the Sinclair computers
  • QL DOCUMENTATION collection v2.97, incorporating SBASIC/SuperBASIC Reference Manual
  • QL EMULATORS collection v1.45
  • QL ON A STICK environment v1.14
  • QL TOOLKITS collection v1.03
  • QL GAMES collection v1.03
  • QL INTERACTIVE FANTASY collection v1.01
  • QL ZEXCEL SPECTRUM EMULATOR collection v1.03
  • QL HISTORY collection, 30th anniversary edition
  • QL PICTURE GALLERY (SQPG) collection v3.30
  • QL Service Manual (HTML edition)
  • Local (offline) copy of Dilwyn Jones' QL website (as of 20-01-2014)

    Name/Cover/Title Type By Description Documents Pictures Download
    Who's who at Sinclair company directory 1982
    Who's who at Sinclair company directory 1982
    Internal SRL 1982 directory of all employees of Sinclair Research Ltd. PDF
    Who's who at Sinclair company directory 1983
    Who's who at Sinclair company directory 1983
    Internal SRL 1983 directory of all employees of Sinclair Research Ltd. PDF
    Domesdos documentation 1983
    Domesdos documentation 1983
    Internal
    Technical
    SRL Domesdos was the working title of the operation system for the Sinclair ZX83 which eventually became QDOS for the Sinclair QL.

    In a CONFIDENTIONAL (at that time) document dated 26 October 1983 (hey, that's today 30 years ago), Tony Tebby wrote: "The changes from Version 0.05 are mostly in the internal organisation. These reflect the change in emphasis from a small machine to a 128Kbyte minimum configuration, a high probability that a 512Kbyte expansion will be available at launch, a hard disk will be available soon after, and the machine is a flagship of a new line."

    Decades later, back in 2009, Tebby wrote in a series of articles called "25 years" in the QL Today magazine (Download THE DISTRIBUTION with all issues of the magazine!): "ln a fit of hubris over this "design for reliability" approach, the new operating system was called Domesdos {a home {domestic) DOS, even though it was designed for business use and it was a ROM operating system and not a disk operating system) after the slogan for a brand of bleach "Domestos" which "kills 99% of all known germs (bugs)."

    Even 30 years later no single operating system has proved to be bug free. Time to dig out Domes*os... ;-)
    PDF
    Sinclair QL Launch Press Kit 1984
    Sinclair QL Launch Press Kit 1984-01-12
    Marketing SRL The glossy launch press kit which was handed out at the launch press conference on January 12th 1984. PDF
    Sinclair QL Launch Brochure 1984
    Sinclair QL Launch Brochure 1984
    Marketing SRL The glossy brochure which was handed out at the launch and was added to many UK computer magazines in January and February 1984. PDF
    Sinclair QL First magazine advertisement 1984
    Sinclair QL First magazine advertisement 1984
    Marketing SRL The two pages landscape advertisement was placed in many UK computer magazines in February, March and April 1984. PDF
    Sinclair QL Software Developer's Guide 1984
    Sinclair QL Software Developer's Guide 1984
    Technical SRL Sinclair Research Ltd QL software developer’s guide by Tony Tebby and David Karlin edited by Michèle Wright. Published in 1984 as A4 pages, typesetting and re-published in 1985 as the QL Technical Guide in an A5 ring binder. PDF
    Sinclair QL Benutzer Handbuch 1985
    Sinclair QL Benutzer Handbuch 1985
    User Guide SRL Sinclair QL User Guide, 2nd edition, German edition 1985.
    Sinclair QL Benutzer Handbuch, 2. Ausgabe, deutschsprachige Ausgabe 1985.
    PDF
    Sinclair QL NEWS No 1, Advertorial 1985
    Sinclair QL NEWS No 1, 1985
    Marketing SRL Sinclair Research Ltd QL NEWS No 1 advertisement feature published in various computer magazines at around February/March 1985. PDF
    Sinclair QL NEWS No 2, Advertorial 1985
    Sinclair QL NEWS No 2, 1985
    Marketing SRL Sinclair Research Ltd QL NEWS No 2 advertisement feature published in various computer magazines at around March/April 1985. PDF
    Sinclair QL Service Manual 1985
    Sinclair QL Service Manual 1985
    Technical SRL The Sinclair QL Service Manual was first released in January 1985(!), 1 year after the launch of the machine. This is the HTMLed edition of the last known version (Issue 3, October 1985). Webpage (HTML)
    David Karlin with QL Today magazine and QL/E CD-R in 2002
    Interview with the QL's Chief Design Engineer 2002/2013
    Article CWO Over the decades many QL stories have been written. One of the most recent and comprehensive ones is the Interview with David Karlin, the QL's Chief Design Engineer, first published in September 2013 in the Final Issue of the QL Today magazine (Download THE DISTRIBUTION with all issues of the magazine!). Webpage (HTML)
    Sinclair QL Story 2013, Sonderdruck
    Die ausgefallene Revolution im Computermarkt
    Article RETURN For those who can read German there's a nicely illustrated (worth looking at for all) story by Jürgen Malberg, published by the RETURN magazine in winter 2013. PDF

    Cover of a QL Today magazine
    QL Today magazine (1996 to 2013)
    Magazine JMS Read every single issue of the QL Today magazine - published 1996 to 2013 (17 volumes, 88 issues) by Jochen Merz Software - as scanned PDF files.

    Download THE DISTRIBUTION HERE to offline-read all issues as of the QL Today magazine!

    Webpage (HTML) with access to every English issue of the QL Today Magazine

    Titelblatt eines QL Today Magazines
    QL Today Magazin (1996 to 2002)
    Magazin JMS Lest jede einzelne Ausgabe der deutschsprachigen Ausgabe des QL Today Magazines - veröffentlicht 1996 bis 2002 (6 Jahrgänge, 35 Ausgaben) durch Jochen-Merz-Software - als gescannte PDF Dateien.

    Download THE DISTRIBUTION HIER um alle Ausgaben des QL Today Magazines offline zu lesen!

    Webseite (HTML) mit Zugriff auf jede Ausgabe des QL Today Magazins
    Picture of QL IS 30 2014 - THE DISTRIBUTION Version 3.00 (DVD edition) - Click to download THE DISTRIBUTION
    QL IS 30 2014 - THE DISTRIBUTION
    Distribution CWO Lucerne, Apr 29th 2015 – Urs König of COWO Enterprises LLC proudly releases QL IS 30 2014 - THE DISTRIBUTION for public download. This distribution is the successor to QL Today 2013 The Final DVD which was sent out to subscribers in September 2013 with The Final Issue of the QL Today magazine. The new version holds everything which was on the DVD, but has been carefully updated and supplemented with new material - Urs has been able to add some real long lost gems and an exclusive new release of a formerly commercial package, QDT the ultimate QL desktop - created or preserved during the last few months. Altogether there are 4.7 GB of QL related documents, software and pictures on this distribution. Preconfigured QL emulators for use under Windows, Mac OS and even Linux make it easy to bring the QL (back) to your desk. QL/E - THE QL ENVIRONMENT offers a modern, compact and ready to run QL environment. Great ways to (re-) start programming for the QL or using QL programs. QL IS 30 2014 - THE DISTRIBUTION is free which means it can be downloaded, used and given to friends by anyone at no cost. QL forever!

    By default THE DISTRIBUTION is delivered as a ZIP file called THE_DISTRIBUTION.ZIP (size approx. 3.35 GB) rather than a DVD (image). It is highly recommended to store the content of THE DISTRIBUTION on your computer(s) or even on your file server(s). Just unzip THE_DISTRIBUTION.ZIP at your preferred storage location and up you go.

    Current version: 3.04 (Codename "George William"), last updated 23.04.2016, ZIP file size 3.25 GB

    There's a cumulative incremental delta update package of version 3.04 stored in a file called THE_DISTRIBUTION-Update.ZIP (248 MB ZIP file) for those who have already downloaded (and installed) v3.01 (GA, 11.04.2015), v3.01A (29.04.2015), v3.02 (09.05.2015) or v3.03 (02.11.2015). Just unzip this ZIP file at your storage location of the unzipped distribution and confirm to overwrite existing files.
    QL_is_30_2014_The_Distribution.pdf, 1 MB
    Introduction, 1 MB


    QL_is_30_2014_The_Distribution-history.txt, 1 MB
    History, 13 KB
    YouTube VIDEO, 33 minutes
    Presentation in English, 33 min., YouTube


    YouTube VIDEO, 18 minutes (German)
    Presentation in German, 18 min., YouTube


    QL IS 30 2014 - THE DISTRIBUTION Version 3.00 (DVD edition)
    Photo of physical DVD, 461 KB


    QL IS 30 2014 - THE DISTRIBUTION Version 3.04 (HTML menu)
    HTML menu of version 3.04, 200 KB
    THE_DISTRIBUTION.ZIP, 3.25 GB
    Complete Distribution, Edition 1604, 3.25 GB


    THE_DISTRIBUTION-Update.ZIP, 248 MB
    Update package, 248 MB
    Screenshot of QL/E v3.16 (Edition 1702, Codename Snow white swan) running under SMSQmulator v2.23 - Click to download the latest version of QL/E
    QL/E - THE QL ENVIRONMENT!
    Distribution CWO For those who just need a modern and compact ready to run QL environment (applications, demos, desktops, games, tools, utilities), go ahead and download QL/E. QL/E comes loaded and pre-configured with a good selection of programs including a nicely setup desktop built using QPAC, QTop, Qascade and QDT. QL/E includes the the latest versions of the virtual QL machines (aka emulators) QPC2 and SMSQmulator and the operating system SMSQ/E.

    The latest version also supports other SMSQ/E platforms such the MC68040 powered QXL PC ISA card (DOS) and QPC1 (DOS) plus QDOS/Minerva platforms such as the original Sinclair QL with QL-SD, the MIST FPGA based multi platform computer, Q-emuLator (Windows, Mac OS) and uQLx (Linux including the Raspberry Pi).

    The following topics are covered by this vast software setup:
  • System management (various pointer controlled desktop systems and user front ends simplify operation of the QL’s multi-tasking and multi-windowing environment without the need to use the command line interpreter)
  • Office work (Word processing, spread sheet, business graphics, data base)
  • Graphic editing and desktop publishing
  • File and folder management including file compression and backup (ZIP, ARJ, LHA, ZOO and others)
  • System benchmark, e.g. The "New" PCW Benchmarks of the Personal Computer World magazine ("New" back then in October 1986)
  • Animated graphics (both user controlled and pure demos)
  • Clocks (a wide range from pure text, to animated 7-segment display, to watches with fingers)
  • Picture viewing (graphic files, photographs)
  • Web browsing (text-only)
  • Machine-to-machine communication (Modem, Fax, FTP, Socket)
  • Programming, languages like 68K Assembly, BASIC, C or REXX (Editors, compilers, assemblers, linkers)
  • Debugging and monitoring of both programming and system
  • System- and S*BASIC extensions (aka Toolkits)
  • Help information to SBASIC commands
  • CLI scripts which simplify system operation and SBASIC programming
  • Games, ranges from the 1984 world champion Chess program by Richard Lang to the 2014 viral sliding block puzzle game 2048
  • Sinclair ZX Spectrum emulation, ready to go with a selection of Spectrum programmes
  • A collection of 192 graphic files in QL resolution (32KB Bitmap, 512/256x256 pixels, 4/8 colours) and some graphic files in GIF format
  • A few photos in JPEG format
  • Building (Make) of the operating system SMSQ/E
  • Many more utilities...

    Version information:
  • QL/E version: 3.16 (Edition 1702, Codename "Snow white swan", last updated 28.02.2017)
  • QPC2 version: 4.05 (v4.0.5.10, 23.01.2017)
  • SMSQmulator version: 2.23 (18.02.2017)
  • uQLx 2017 version: 0.50 (19.02.2017)
  • SMSQ/E version: 3.30 (taken from smsqe330_binaries.zip, 18.02.2017)

    Virtual disk drive containers:
  • System (Device name WIN1, 2479 files, see filelist): QLE.win 83'886'080 28.02.2017 22:35
  • System for use with QL-SD/MIST (still v3.15, Device name SDC1, 2226 files, no QDT, D-Miner and IPNet, see filelist): QL_BDI.bin 84'148'224 04.11.2016 14:09
  • OS Source (Device name WIN8): SMSQE330.win 20'971'520 18.02.2017 08:23 (taken from smsqe330src.win.zip, 18.02.2017)

    Size:
  • 132 MB (extracted), 47 MB (ZIP file, Download)

    Important note: Even QL/E is part of QL IS 30 2014 - THE DISTRIBUTION (see above), the version supplied with THE DISTRIBUTION is slightly outdated (v3.13). Hence it is advisable to download the latest version separately. Integration of latest QL/E into THE DISTRIBUTION is very easy. Just replace the folder qle in the THE DISTRIBUTION with the folder qle of the stand-alone QL/E distribution.

  • QLE_README.txt, 11 KB
    Introduction, 11 KB



    QLE_news.txt, 1 KB
    News, 1 KB



    QLE_history.txt, 4 KB
    History, 4 KB



    QLE_changelog.txt, 6 KB
    Changelog, 6 KB



    QLE_Filelist_QLE_win.txt, 107 KB
    Filelist of QLE.win, 107 KB


    QLE_Filelist_QL_BDI_bin.txt, 95 KB
    Filelist of QL_BDI.bin, 95 KB
    Screenshot of QL/E v3.10 running under QPC2 v4.02
    Screenshot of v3.10, 436 KB


    Screenshot of QL/E v3.11 (Codename Crow) running under QPC2 v4.02
    Screenshot of v3.11 codename "Crow", 757 KB


    Screenshot of QL/E v3.13 (Codename Freeze) running under QPC2 v4.02
    Screenshot of v3.13 codename "Freeze", 456 KB


    Screenshot of QL/E v3.13 (Codename Freeze) running under SMSQmulator v2.18
    Screenshot of v3.13 codename "Freeze", 647 KB


    Screenshot of QL/E v3.15 (Codename Grey heron) running under SMSQmulator v2.20
    Screenshot of v3.15 codename "Grey heron", 668 KB



    Screenshot of QL/E v3.16 (Codename Snow white swan) running under SMSQmulator v2.23
    Screenshot of v3.16 codename "Snow white swan", 606 KB


    Screenshots of QL/E in various use cases on various platforms
    Screenshots of QL/E in various use cases on various platforms, hosted on the OneDrive picture gallery


    YouTube VIDEO, 7 minutes
    Running QL/E v3.13 on a fast i5-4430 Gamer PC under Windows 7 (QTop-Index scores 1202.968), 7 min., YouTube


    YouTube VIDEO, 30 seconds
    QL/E (started with uQLx 2017 under Ubuntu 14.04 LTS) had its 30 seconds of fame at this year’s EuroShop in Düsseldorf, the World’s No. 1 Retail Trade Fair., 30 sec., YouTube

    THE_DISTRIBUTION_qle.ZIP, 47 MB
    Stand-Alone Edition 1702, 47 MB


    THE_DISTRIBUTION_qle_MIST.ZIP, 17 MB
    Stand-Alone Edition 1611 for MIST with QL core, 17 MB



    Visit other comprehensive QL web resources like Dilwyn Jones's QL information and PD software website or the huge QL Picture Gallery (SQPG).

    QL forever!

    Urs König (Mister COWO, Web Alias QLvsJAGUAR)


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    Created: January 10th 2014 | Published: January 12th 2014 | Last Updated: June 4th 2017

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