Counting since 9.11.2005
Copyright © 1996-2010 by Prof. Timo Salmi
Last modified Sun 17-Oct-2010 17:40:30
The scope of the Garbo archives at the end of some years: (Still pretty much the same) 1996 1997 1998 1996 1997 1998 ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- /pc 675 712 726 Mb 5249 5463 5525 MS-DOS files /windows 309 314 324 Mb 1045 1054 1065 Windows 3.1x files /win95 30 31 31 Mb 113 114 114 Windows 95+ files /linux 2 129 129 Mb 6 48 48 Linux files /unix 64 66 71 Mb 370 378 393 Unix files /mac 49 53 53 Mb 143 147 147 Mac files /next 40 40 40 Mb 132 132 132 Next files /X11 9 9 9 Mb 91 91 91 X11 files /ql 1 1 1 Mb 104 104 110 Sinclair QL filesThe downloads are made worldwide by users from Internet sites in Europe, North America, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America. There are some 2000 universities connected to Internet, and there also is a great number of business enterprises which have an access. Garbo archives are mirrored by about ten FTP sites around the world for the local users.
Garbo works in cooperation rather than in direct competition with the general scope sites on the net. Being a university site Garbo's general mission can be stated as "The enhancement of skills, rational knowledge and scientific understanding". To advance these goals Garbo has much material that, while specialized, is hoped to be of general, knowledge related interest. Thus Garbo is more of a theme oriented than a large-number-of-programs oriented repository. The main themes for Garbo are:
The annotated list of Garbo's MS-DOS files, zipped
Details of the contents of each TS-package in zipped form
Zipped version of WINDEX - lists all Garbo Windows 3.1x (16-bit) files
The annotated list of Garbo's Windows95/../XP/.. (32-bit) files, zipped
List of garbo.uwasa.fi UNIX files in zipped form
Annotated list of garbo.uwasa.fi Sinclair QL files
Timo's today's Garbo tip
If you consider submitting material to Garbo archives, the very first thing check is What is Garbo's current incoming uploads open/closed status? If it seems that your material still fits, and the system is not closed, before uploading get and carefully read the following two advice files.
Instructions for submitting material to Garbo archives
The required formula for your Garbo upload announcements
All the best, Timo
From: ts(ät)uwasa.fi (Timo Salmi) To: A Garbo User Subject: Re: What is garbo.uwasa.fiHello Garbo User,
I was pleased to see an article with the above subject. But it turns out that you did not explain what I have been wondering about. Namely, what is the relationship between Garbo, SimTel.Net, and Walnut Creek?
There is no relationship as such. Garbo is an entirely independent operation, even if, naturally, the maintainers often are in contact. However, the net and the times have changed since I wrote that the first time. The repositories are more independent than ever, and many authors now have their own sites for their programs. The contacts way back then have ceased.
I am beginning to get Coast-to-Coast and Walnut Creek straightened out, but I still do not quite see how Garbo fits in on a relative basis.
Those archive sites like Simtel.Net way back then were broad scope sites that invited the whole gamut of material for all the major PC OSes. Garbo is a more specialized operation. Our main area is MS-DOS even if we have material for Windows 3.1x, Windows 95, UNIX, Mac and Sinclair QL as well. Furthermore, within MS-DOS we have the specializations I wrote about. Besides, we have the strong educational interest which I also wrote about.
Although there naturally is much overlap, Garbo is not a subset of the other sites. In fact, in advance thinking to the contrary, I made a survey about it a couple of years ago. To my surprise well over a quarter of our files were unique even then. We also carry some sections that the referred sites do not. Most importantly there is Garbo's scientific astronomy images collection which has grown fairly large and quite popular. You can connect to it also directly using http://garbo.uwasa.fi/Astro.html.
Additional differences are to be found in the arrangement and descriptions of the material at Garbo. We have a unique directory structure which we have independently developed ourselves. Our file descriptions in our indexes also are somewhat different from the others, as you can see if you compare files that happen to overlap.
Quality control is a delicate issue, since there is no doubt that also the other sites do very well. However, there have been a few cases when we have been even more demanding than the broad-scope sites before accepting material to our archives. In particular, I am distressed to see material that relates to counter-scientific humbug areas such as numerology, astrology, prophesies and other forms of fringe science entertainment that in the final analysis prey on man's dark-age superstitions and ignorance.
To summarize, there are some features that underlie Garbo. Its scientific university background and its specializations. These make for the biggest differences. Simtel.Net and Coast-to-Coast (or whichever are the current big names on the net) are broad-scope commercial sites drawing their income and their maintainers' salaries from CD-ROM sales. There is no secret about Garbo's true purpose either. In the end it is to provide a platform for an international publicity of the scientific work that we do at the state-owned University of Vaasa, even if Garbo does it in a roundabout way.
One final piece of information. In case you are interested how Garbo came to be, and where her name came from, please see
A popularized history of Garbo archives by Timo Salmi
Since others are probably similarly confused, you might want to post the answer.
Yes, I will make my answers publicly available.