I kept one floppy from my Commodore 128 (which I used mostly in C64 mode), labelled ‘Oxford C compiler’. It is a 5.25″ floppy. Don't ask me why I kept just this one; probably because I thought I wanted not to keep a game but something ‘serious’. I think it even doesn't work anymore (nor I can play it back since I don't own a Commodore anymore).

However, I cannot remember I ever used C, and most of all, I cannot find any references of an Oxford C compiler. The only reference I find is an Oxford Pascal compiler (like here).

Was there ever an Oxford C compiler, or was it for a different computer somehow, or maybe I labelled it wrongly (and it should be Oxford Pascal); note the label is handwritten, so it's not an official disk.

I'm just a bit curious.

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    Can you find out what's actually on the disk? Starting the program or at least getting the filename might help in identifying the program.
    – Peter B.
    Oct 4, 2019 at 21:47
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    Is the label torn? Maybe it originally said "Oxford Basic Compiler" meaning PetSpeed64. Oct 4, 2019 at 21:48
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    Are you sure you understood the difference between C and Pascal 35 years ago?
    – Tomas By
    Oct 5, 2019 at 9:53
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    Is it possible there were Oxford A, Oxford B, ... floppies? The only other compiler ref for Oxford I can find for the Commodore series was a BASIC compiler (mostly targeted at the PET series...)
    – Joe
    Oct 5, 2019 at 13:23
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    Find your local retro computer club, ask them if they have a 1541 and/or Kryptoflux etc., and have them have a look at the floppy?
    – dirkt
    Oct 5, 2019 at 13:47


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