Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Jan 2007 21:26 UTC, submitted by knorretje
RISC OS Firefox port developer Peter Naulls has offered an alpha-quality build of open source email client Thunderbird for RISC OS. The software is currently suitable for Iyonix, A9, and Omega computers only. You can get the build here.
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by PJBonoVox on Wed 31st Jan 2007 23:03 UTC
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Seriously now-- Does anyone still use RISC OS?

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by soapdog on Thu 1st Feb 2007 00:15 in reply to "?"
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no, they are porting apps just for the sake of fun & masochism.

now seriously, during the last months there been lots of RISC OS articles on OSNews, I think their community is just under some kind of renascence or at least they are getting their efforts some press. It would be a very fun world if RISC OS, Haiku, SkyOS, MorphOS and AmigaOS were to get more attention and more hardware. I am not saying that everyone and his dog should switch to use some niche platform, but sure they bring back the fun of computing.

people are porting things to RISC OS and we're on the eve of some shared initiative on their camp, I find these wonderful news, and I never ever used or saw RISC OS in action...

I do have couple macs, linuxes, Zeta, newtons and MagicCap devices in a single TCP/IP network which must classify me as some weirdo...

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by dylansmrjones on Thu 1st Feb 2007 00:48 in reply to "RE: ?"
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Not to mention the fact that cross platform applications are on the rise, making the question "What OS are you running?" rather moot.

The downside is that even alternative OS'es are beginning to look like all the other OS'es.

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by NeoGeoZeo on Thu 1st Feb 2007 06:11 in reply to "?"
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I'm assuming that you are either trolling, or one of these people who visits OS News but hates it when a story comes up that isn't about Windows, OS X or Linux.

There are enough users of RISC OS for there to be user groups and shows. They may not be great big corporate events, but the fact that they are thought to be worthwhile is illuminating.

Whatever its shortcomings, RISC OS can still do enough of the basics to make it useful for certain people.

With the efforts of Peter Naulls and others - and not least the developers of Firefox and Thunderbird - RISC OS is slowly catching up with the big OSes in terms of basic productivity.

This is precisely the sort of thing that makes projects like Firefox and Thunderbird worthwhile: while people may quibble about Firefox v. IE7 or Thunderbird v. Outlook, alternative platforms have access to the work these people are doing and the freedom to port them.

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