Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 14th Dec 2006 08:14 UTC, submitted by teigetje
RISC OS "Gosh! I didn't realize how much discussion my original article would create. A lot of people seemed to accuse me of living in cloud cuckoo land, whereas a lot more agreed with me. I think those who disagreed have either never used RISC OS or just liked a good rant! In either case, I feel compelled to write a short follow up article clarifying some of the points I made in the original article - all of which were perfectly valid." Read the follow up article.
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RE: OS != apps
by RISCOSMike on Thu 14th Dec 2006 09:49 UTC in reply to "OS != apps"
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Nobody realy cares do they? A user base of about 3000.

The only thing missing from RISC OS is a decent Media Player, which if Andrew Hodgkinson carries on development of his project Prism or Cineroma is released then there will be no problem.

Also the Browser, Flash, and Java problems are nearing being solved.

Please do some reasearch before making comments about an OS you know nothing about.

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RE[2]: OS != apps
by steve_s on Thu 14th Dec 2006 10:28 in reply to "RE: OS != apps"
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Unfortunately I doubt that RISC OS will ever have a decent media player application.

There's two significant problems to overcome. First there's the prolific amount of codecs used for media. Secondly some codecs (such as H.264) require a powerful processor for decoding.

I find it doubtful that you'll ever find a media player on RISC OS that will be compatible with enough codecs to have people truly satisfied.

As for the likes of H.264 - my 768MB, 1.25GHz G4 eMac tends to struggle with these when they're SD resolution. H.264 tends to be used for HD material, which my Mac can't cope with.

In terms of raw computing power a top end Iyonix has less than half the ability of my eMac. I seriously doubt that it could play an H.264 video in half SD resolution at 30 fps, let alone full SD or HD.

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RE[2]: OS != apps
by vinterbleg on Thu 14th Dec 2006 13:06 in reply to "RE: OS != apps"
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Wow. A user base of 3000.
No, I don't mean to be an assh*le, but that is really not a considerable number of people, certainly not enough to justify the recent amount of non-technical articles on the subject. RISC OS is a curiosity, and these articles have not focused on any of the subjects that I am sure are very interesting about RISC OS, only complained about how nobody uses it but should.

Then again, it isn't meant to be a critique of OSNews, which (as the name implies) covers everything OS-related, it's more a critique of the hardcore RISC OS users who seem to not understand that the world has moved on, possibly in a bad direction, but moved on nevertheless.

And "RISCOSMike"... please drop the inflammatory tone. It's not doing you any good.

- Simon

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RE[3]: OS != apps
by Kroc on Thu 14th Dec 2006 13:47 in reply to "RE[2]: OS != apps"
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There might be a user base of 3000 now, but almost every school child in the UK would have used RISC OS at some point during the 90's. This adds up to quite a lot of interest on the subject. I myself would use RISC OS if it were not for the prohibitively expensive hardware, and somewhat lack of direction at the moment.

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RE[3]: OS != apps
by arielb on Thu 14th Dec 2006 19:09 in reply to "RE[2]: OS != apps"
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3000 people is 3 times more than SkyOS or several of the other OS's we talk about.

I see the changes in the PDA world. I know I will use my sony clie tg 50 for a long time. it has a built in keyboard...I won't buy a pda without a keyboard and i don't want a phone.

I won't need to run photoshop or MS Office or even firefox on it. it does the job I need which is keep track of simple stuff, let me take notes, record and play sound.
Like riscos, the clie is also an ARM cpu and palmos doesn't have the modern OS features. so I do tend to sympathize...

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