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The Turing (winoot) programming language has gone freeware. Dr. Holt himself, of Holt Software, has let us know of that in an email:

We have just posted a free copy of PC Turing on the company website http://www.holtsoft.com/

We’ll investigate putting various books published by the company on the web for free as well.

Holt Software’s Turing 4.1.1 IDE and compiler are available for download, “free of charge for personal, commercial, and educational use”, from their website. It is also mirrored here.

» Download Turing & Turing Help Forums

There’s a mixed reaction in the community. While most welcome the free distribution of the latest version of Turing, the future of this programming language is now less certain. It is likely that the only future development will come through the OpenT initiative.

It would be interesting to see if Ontario school boards will start looking for another commercialized introductory programming language, to replace the now obvious lack of official “support” for the Turing programming language. Though until that happens, the free availability of the compiler and additional resources can only benefit the students. Standardization of the language’s version number will also make peer support more universal.

So get your free copy of Turing 4.1.1 and head over to the community forums.

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  1. Posted by daniel | December 12, 2007, 9:16 pm

    why couldn’t they have done this acouple years ago when i was in grade 10 computers learning turing??? i had to find a outdated versioun on the internet, which was near impossible, and use that to work on my school projects at home.

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    david replied on: December 4th, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    ya, im in grade 10 computers now and this is really useful

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    ryan replied on: January 19th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    ya im in grade 10 computers right now and i love this program, it is so helpfull.

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  2. Posted by Tony | December 13, 2007, 1:07 am

    Because a couple of years ago Holtsoft was securing a destribution deal for Turing, with the Ontario public schools. Your high school should have looked into getting you a working copy. Though I guess it doesn’t matter now — Turing is now available for download.

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  3. Posted by Maria | January 14, 2008, 5:12 pm

    How cm when i click download turing nothing happens?

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    Mike replied on: January 8th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Are you trying to download it on a school computer if you are you cant try a different computer.

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  4. Posted by Tony | January 14, 2008, 5:31 pm

    I’ve updated the link to HoltSoft’s website. If that changes again, you can always download from compsci.ca’s hosted mirror

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  5. Posted by Tal | January 15, 2008, 10:18 pm

    Man thanks a lot. I need this for next semester cause I’m taking a computer grade 10 course in grade 9. Big help man

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  6. Posted by Max | May 21, 2008, 11:44 am

    Is there any version available for linux, or does the windows version work on it anyways without wine?

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  7. Posted by Tony | May 21, 2008, 12:39 pm

    I think you meant “with WINE”. There is no native Linux version of Turing. Some people have managed to get it working successfully with WINE. Others had problems.

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  8. Posted by Max | May 21, 2008, 4:05 pm

    Thanks for the quick reply, Tony, but I did mean “without wine”. I am a fairly new linux user and aren’t that comfortable with wine, so i don’t like to rely on it. Thanks anyways!

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  9. Posted by Tony | May 21, 2008, 5:23 pm

    Oh. Well the “windows version” never runs natively on Linux. If you decide that you might want to give WINE another shot, you could then ask for help on the forums if you run into any problems with getting Turing to work.

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  10. Posted by cristina | May 29, 2008, 4:47 pm

    i downloaded turing yesterday to do a school assignment and it worked fine, but today when i went on it it said that the program was experiencing a fatal error , and that it wasnt my fault. i unistalled and reinstalled it and the same message appeard shortly after, can anyone help me find some other way to get turing?

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    Ryan replied on: September 30th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Dude, i got the same thing. Sorry no help tho =/

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  11. Posted by Tyr | June 19, 2008, 9:05 am

    I love Turing, it’s so easy to use as opposed to C or Java. The interface is very intuitive. Thanks for the link!

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  12. Posted by rollerdude | July 24, 2008, 5:29 pm

    i like the idea of free turing, i often make random pointless pointless programs in my spare time. can this version use fullscreen like turing 3.1.1 could? and howz about compiling to make programs the run nativly on linux or mac if the option was checked? as much as i like color-coded editing, i like those features that 3.1.1 had that later versions didnt…

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  13. Posted by Turing Boy | September 4, 2008, 4:47 pm

    well ya know does it work with vista?

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    Tony replied on: September 4th, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    You could always try and see for yourself. There might be a number of problems that might (or might not) be related to Vista. StealthArcher, in confirms that Turing does indeed work on his copy of Vista.

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    Firecat replied on: September 18th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Everyone one here seems to be looking for this for a grade 10 computer tech. class. I think I came to the right place. We just started using turing in our class, and I went looking for it on google to play some of the Turing games.
    Thanks for the link.

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  14. Posted by kalev | September 24, 2008, 8:04 pm

    it doesn’t work on my vista ultimate, and i’ve been searching for a solution. the only one i found was StealthArcher’s but it didn’t work wherever i dragged it.
    i’ve confirmed that other vista users at my school get the same problem

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    Tony replied on: September 25th, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Considering that the official support has been discontinued (and the company has stopped their operations), it is highly unlikely for Turing to change. Ever.

    One possible solution is virtualization — install Windows XP on a virtual machine (such as VM Ware), and run Turing through that.

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    kalev replied on: September 25th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    i think it’ll be easier to borrow my lil bro’s xp

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  15. Posted by danny | October 1, 2008, 12:24 pm

    i use windows xp pro
    i dled it unzipped it
    double click turing n there’s
    environmental error that it snot my fault what do i have to do?

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    Tony replied on: October 1st, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    You have to go to the forums, and ask there. Don’t forget to post the details — include the generated log file. There might be something missing from your system.

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  16. Posted by aleks | December 31, 2008, 5:08 pm

    How do you install turing 4.1.1. on windows vista?
    Or can it be installed on windows vista, if not then is there a version of turing that can be put on vista?
    I tried to install it and there was an error, and it says:
    “the enviroment has experience an unexpected error.
    this error is caused by a bug in the enviroment and it is not your fault.”
    Also what is that mean?
    can you answer my questions soon as possible,
    thank you

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    Tony replied on: December 31st, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    If you read the comments above, it seems that problems with Vista is a common issue.

    The error message likely means that there is something missing from the environment (your system), or Turing simply couldn’t find what it was looking for. There should be a panic.log file — you can try making sense of it, or post it on the forums and see if anyone else has a better insight.

    Alternatively, you could run Turing through Windows XP or Wine.

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