|Developer||Technical Systems Consultants|
|Source model||Open source|
|Latest release||2.0 / October 3, 1985|
|Platforms||Motorola 6800, Motorola 6809|
The original version was distributed on 8" floppy disks; the (smaller) version for 5.25" floppies is called mini-Flex. It was also later ported to the Motorola 6809; that version is called Flex09. All versions are text-based and intended for use on display devices ranging from printing terminals like the Teletype Model 33 ASR to smart terminals. While no graphic displays are supported by TSC software, some hardware supports elementary graphics and pointing devices.
FLEX is a disk-based operating system, using 256-byte sectors on soft-sectored floppies; the disk structure uses linkage bytes in each sector to indicate the next sector in a file or free list. The directory structure is simplified as a result. TSC (and others) provide several programming languages including BASIC in two flavors (standard and extended) and a tokenizing version of extended BASIC called Pre-compiled BASIC, FORTH, C, FORTRAN, and PASCAL.
TSC also wrote a version of FLEX, Smoke Signal DOS, for the California hardware manufacturer Smoke Signal Broadcasting; this version uses forward and reverse linkage bytes in each sector which increase disk reliability at the expense of compatibility and speed.
Later, TSC introduced the multitasking, multi-user, Unix-like UniFLEX operating system, which requires DMA disk controllers, 8" disk, and sold in small numbers. Several of the TSC computer languages were ported to UniFLEX.
- FLEX User Group
- FLEX User Group
- SWTPC 6800 FLEX 2 and 6809 FLEX 9 / UniFLEX / OS9 Level 1 emulator
- Windows-based 6809 Emulator + Flex09 and 6809 applications
- AmigaDOS-based 6809 Emulator + Flex09 and 6809 applications
- The Missing 6809 UniFLEX Archive
- SWTPC documentation collection Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
- FLEX Software Archive