Linked by Kroc Camen on Mon 21st Sep 2009 21:40 UTC, submitted by rhyder
RISC OS Drobe.co.uk, the premier RISC OS news website, today announced that it has entered archive mode and will no longer function as a news reporting source. The site was founded by Peter Price in 1999 and editorship was taken over by journalist Chris Williams in 2001. Chris first broke the sad news on Monday morning via usenet: "Drobe's RISC OS news service, which launched in October 1999, will sadly cease from Monday. Running the site has been so much fun over the years and the experience has been very rewarding - from the investigative pieces and tabloid tomfoolery to the libel writ threats and meeting up with users after shows. However, all good things must come to an end - if you'll forgive the cliche - and it's time to formally move on."
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RE[3]: wow
by posaune on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 09:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: wow"
posaune
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I'm confused. Wasn't there only just another release of RISC OS 5?


That was in April 2009 - http://www.riscosopen.org/news/articles/2009/04/28/new-iyonix-rom-r...

With RISC OS 6 on the horizon?


That appears to have been released in December 2008 - http://select.riscos.com/RISCOS6/

RISC OS 5 and 6 are separate forks of the OS.

Didn't Castle open source the code?


Some while ago - http://www.riscosopen.org/

Sounds to me like there's a lot going on.


I'm not sure a "lot" but certainly there is still stuff going on.

RISC OS Open Ltd (ROOL) and RISCOS Ltd (ROL) continue to make available updated OS versions (see above).

Companies like CJE http://www.cjemicros.co.uk/ APDL http://www.apdl.co.uk/ and RComp http://www.arsvcs.demon.co.uk/ develop and sell hardware and software.

Martin Wuerthner http://www.mw-software.com/ supports and develops well-respected software. eg; along with John Tytgat, they are due to release a major updated PostScript printer in October.

Jeffrey Lee has been working on porting RISC OS 5 to the Beagleboard hardware - http://www.drobe.co.uk/article.php?id=2512

Peter Naulls continues to improve his port of Firefox - http://www.riscos.info/index.php/Firefox

STD launched the VPOD graphics card in April - http://www.stdevel.com/products/vpod.html

John Kortink surprised us with a Dual-head DVI graphics cards for ancient Risc PCs this August - http://www.drobe.co.uk/article.php?id=2528

There's been more, but that was what sprang to mind at the moment as some of the bigger stuff.

So, perhaps not a blazing pace of development going on, but it's still happening.

Edited 2009-09-22 09:37 UTC

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