I'm new around here and to everything Atari in general. I was a Commodore kid back in the days so I've got NO prior knowlegde whatsoever, so please bear with me when I seem to ask stupid questions. I already read up on some topics, but still need confirmation on some things.
I only know the name Atari from stupid religious fights with school mates and the brother of a friend, who used his in an audio workstation setup.
So I've been gifted this 260ST by a friend and I saw this as a chance to enlarge my small world view and try to get this thing up and running, since I'm into retro computing anyway. I currently own a C16, C64, an Amiga 500 and 1200. Oh and a crusty Schneider EuroPC that hasn't seen an outlet for at least 15 years.
So the problem with this Atari is that it came with NOTHING. I already have a solution to power it by means of a spare ATX power supply. And I presume I could hook up my Commodore 1084S at least for low resolutions right? Will the graphical user interface run on lo-res as well?
I also have enough Amiga mice to sacrifice one for a re-wiring surgery.
I think the biggest two problems I'll face will be that I have no disk drive or kickstart disk (whats the kickstart called in Atari lingo?), since the 260 doesn't have a ROM, correct? What is the difference between TOS and GEM by the way, can you call it the equivalent of kickstart and workbench? Is both integrated in the later ROM models?
Can I somehow connect a shugart interface floppydrive to this model without an SF314 case?
Thank you for your patience and for making it below that wall of text