Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 28th Oct 2012 22:11 UTC, submitted by bhtooefr
RISC OS "RISC OS Open are very pleased to announce the official release of RISC OS for the Raspberry Pi, 'RISC OS Pi'. This is a watershed moment for RISC OS and represents the culmination of many months of hard work from a whole community of developers, testers and other contributors. It also means the Raspberry Pi can now boast support for the quick, compact, original ARM-based operating system." This is absolutely fantastic news. I'm going to try this on my Pi later this week.
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RE[8]: Cool
by bhtooefr on Fri 2nd Nov 2012 23:19 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Cool"
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Generally, ROL's distributions came with a small selection of software, I'm not sure what the Iyonix came with, and the Raspberry Pi distribution comes with a small selection (with an optional bundle of a bunch of commercial software available, too).

But, typically, you add the software you need.

There are a few package repositories based on RiscPkg (PackMan being the preferred front end for those repos nowadays), and there's also the PlingStore for some commercial software (although AFAIK you can't actually buy through it yet).

As far as performance... most native RISC OS software is designed to run acceptably on a 202 MHz StrongARM (with a choked down memory bus, no less), although ports start to actually need the hardware. The old Firefox 2.0 port struggles to run on the Raspberry Pi. (Then again, it's better than Firefox on a 233 MHz StrongARM RiscPC - holy crap that was awful. IIRC over 5 minutes to get it started, then get a webpage opened.)

Edited 2012-11-02 23:21 UTC

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