Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Dec 2008 16:46 UTC, submitted by teigetje
RISC OS Earlier this month we reported on RISCOS Ltd [ROL] possibly undertaking legal action against RISC OS Open Ltd [ROOL], with the latter being the shared source project started by Castle. This news came down pretty hard on the already small RISC OS community, but it did have a number of positive effects: representatives from both ROL and ROOL were quick to explain that there is absolutely no animosity between the two companies, and that the community has nothing to fear.
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well at least it clears one thing up
by poundsmack on Tue 16th Dec 2008 18:29 UTC
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the no animosity between companies news is rather good. I am rather glad to hear that. I wish them the best in their upcomming endevors.

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by aaronb on Tue 16th Dec 2008 18:33 UTC
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I cannot see any direction for RISC OS, it's a shame as I can remember them from my school days.

For example:

Available in three variants, all A6 machines come complete with DVD drive or DVD/CDRW, fast hard drive, Floppy disk, Barton-core AMD Athlon 2500+ processor, 333/400MHz dual-channel DDR memory, UDMA 133 drives, Geforce 4MX graphics, 56K internal modem, 10/100BaseT networking, 4xUSB ports, 2xIEEE1394 ports (windows only), SPDif optical (input windows only, output RISC OS/windows), Windows XP Home and VirtualRPC-Adjust. Keyboard and mouse are of course included, along with speakers for those machines where they are not part of the monitor.

All software is installed, leading to a "ready to go" RISC OS environment. Of course users may easily switch out of RISC OS into a windows XP environment should the need arise.

The machine variants are:

A6B : Base unit/DVD/40G hard drive/256MB memory : UKP599 ex VAT
A6 : 15" TFT monitor/DVD/CDRW/80G hard drive/512MB memory: UKP899 ex VAT
A6DB: 17" TFT monitor/DVD/CDRW/120G hard drive/512MB memory: UKP999 ex VAT

Surely this site is out of date or do they really want people to run an emulator for RISC OS?

They have avoided platforms such as x86_64 / amd64, how is this better?

I fail to understand why they don't make their product easy to download or buy.

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They do allow you to download the OS
by armbase on Wed 17th Dec 2008 10:49 UTC
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A6 (the company) make a tiny RISC OS machine called the A9. However, some people also want windows but cant buy 2 machines. That is where the A6 comes in. I beleive it is a x86 winxp box with a JIT app that lods the roms (in windows).

RISC OS Ltd (ROL) recently announced a £5 download of RISC OS 4 that you can run on an ammulator in linux, windows and mav via RPCemu or redsquireel. So you can download it now. :-D


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A6 (the company) make a tiny RISC OS machine called the A9.

For the same kind of size Asus Eee Box and the Mac mini are both more powerful and less expensive while using less energy than your standard ATX / BTX PC.

RISC OS Ltd (ROL) recently announced a £5 download...

Again we can either buy a A9 or run RISC OS via an emulator, why can't RISC OS be updated to run on more platforms?

I like RISC OS but still cannot understand its direction.

Edited 2008-12-17 17:22 UTC

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Yes the EEEPC is cheaper. I bought one in Nov2007 when they came out here. However, it is just a celeron and the new ones are Atom's. There would have to be a HAL eating upa bit of that power.

The main problem with porting RISCOS (which I suggested in 1997/8) is the OS is a pig in a poke. It is nice, but it has lots of old chunks of BASIC and hard to rewrite assembler (ARM Assembler). That is probably wher the speed came from. I remember a home written Imaging app we used in 1992-1995 that was ARM Assembler with a BBC Basic front end running on an 8Mhz machine. It aws actually quite fast. :-) Anyway I digress.....

It would take a lot of time and effort to do this and there is no money (real money) in the OS to make it worth while.


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kiss was better with the makeup
by zombie process on Wed 17th Dec 2008 17:39 UTC
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Am I the only one who was thinking Gene Simmons/Paul Stanley after reading the headline?

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