Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Apr 2009 20:52 UTC
RISC OS "RISCOS Ltd gets fired at from all sides, it seems. There are those who have RISC OS 5 and are fed up with RISCOS Ltd saying: "Yes, we want to do RISC OS Select on Iyonix, but..." Then there are those who have subscribed to ROL's Select scheme, but the features they want have not been implemented or they are frustrated by a lack of progress. It is fair to say ROL has made a large number of improvements to the OS over the years and many of these are 'under the hood' that are not always immediately obvious to users. There have been a few obvious user-facing improvements since the release of RISC OS 6, as part of Select 5, so let's take a look at these."
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ARM netbooks should run RiscOS
by project_2501 on Tue 21st Apr 2009 22:05 UTC
project_2501
Member since:
2006-03-20

The new wave of ARM based netbooks should run RiscOS.

I remember Acorn A3000 machine booting to a usable desktop within 2 seconds. A ROM based OS would be great for simple netbook use and protected from OS corruption/viruses ...

RiscOS has usable browsers and some common apps have been ported to it.

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RE: ARM netbooks should run RiscOS
by kaiwai on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 02:20 UTC in reply to "ARM netbooks should run RiscOS"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

The new wave of ARM based netbooks should run RiscOS.

I remember Acorn A3000 machine booting to a usable desktop within 2 seconds. A ROM based OS would be great for simple netbook use and protected from OS corruption/viruses ...

RiscOS has usable browsers and some common apps have been ported to it.


Or a ROM based operating system where one can update it but can only be done through going into a firmware configuration menu driven interface - software isn't bug free and will require updates as required. Coupled with a either a flash or traditional hard disk where all the user files can be stored - it would be awesome.

What RISCOS would need is Flash, WMV, WMA, h264, AAC and other formats supported out of the box. If an end user can sit down and navigate websites without having to worry about installing plugins or codecs - and there are simple note taking word processor; sell it at a cheap price, it would fly off the shelves. Heck, I'd be happy to purchase one ;)

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

What would be the advantage of RISCOS over linux? Linux already works on more hardware, and supports more software and is cheaper and more free.

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sbeam Member since:
2005-11-11

It seems to me that they are not exactly aiming for the mainstream user, but more of a niche, which doesn´t necessarily need all these fancy multimedia features.

If they where to aim for the mainstream, i would agree that it would be a necessity to include support for that. I think many would agree that when introducing a non'dows OS to any regular user, the first showstopper is always that it of course can´t to the most common things like printing and viewing youtube ;)

But then again, focusing on the mainstream consumer would also include them changing a lot more in so many other aspects of their bussiness.

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Wallpaper
by Cymro on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 13:33 UTC
Cymro
Member since:
2005-07-07

I'm a bit divided on the window textures.

On the one hand, all it needs is an animated woodpecker opening a letter-box and it would be someone's personal website from 1995. On the other hand, it's completely unique to RiscOS and I have a sneaking affection for it.

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RE: Wallpaper
by RISCOSMike on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 14:00 UTC in reply to "Wallpaper"
RISCOSMike Member since:
2006-09-03

It's what RISC OS is, Stoney. Like XP is like something from Fisher Price, and OS X is, well like OS X.

Out of the two RISC OS Streams, Version 5 in my opinion looks the most attractive, there's an article on it here: http://home.freeuk.com/richardhallas/iyonix/

And like most OS's these days you can always theme them:

http://www.drobe.co.uk/article.php?id=2237

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RE[2]: Wallpaper
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 23:13 UTC in reply to "RE: Wallpaper"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Well, at least that guy's 'homepage' matches the outdated feel of RISC. Was the guy who did the timecube's design unavailable?

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RE: Wallpaper
by StephenBeDoper on Fri 24th Apr 2009 19:57 UTC in reply to "Wallpaper"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

The use of textures & gradients in UI elements is something that has always made me cringe when looking at RiscOS (and Amiga OS) screenshots. Reminds me of the fake wood-grain panels on 70s station wagons.

That's one of the reason why the UIs of NextSTEP, MacOS 8/9 and BeOS still (IMO) stand up well today - the designers adhered to the "KISS" principle. Rather than trying to use their UI as a tech demo for the capabilities of the window manager.

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Italics everywhere!
by iliks on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 15:46 UTC
iliks
Member since:
2008-07-08

Use of italic fonts everywhere throughout the system definitely looks unprofessional and causes eye strain.

Italic means emphasis and now suddenly every single important and not important word is emphasized and your head runs astray.

Edited 2009-04-22 16:02 UTC

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RE: Italics everywhere!
by Soulbender on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 15:55 UTC in reply to "Italics everywhere!"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

makes you wonder how heavily slanted actual italics are.

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RE: Italics everywhere!
by RISCOSMike on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 18:30 UTC in reply to "Italics everywhere!"
RISCOSMike Member since:
2006-09-03

That is a customisation by the guy who wrote the article. No company in their right mind would use an Italic font across the whole desktop.

"makes you wonder how heavily slanted actual italics are."

That is the font using italics!

Edited 2009-04-22 18:37 UTC

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