Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 6th May 2010 07:54 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems In 2009 ARM showed off prototype netbooks "capable of driving HD content, can surf the web for 8 hours, and will cost round and about 250 USD". Yet still, none have made it to the market. Why do you think this is so? Because ARM signed a deal with Adobe in 2008 to bring Flash and AIR to the ARM architecture, a promise they will finally deliver later this year. And you wonder why Apple won't have Flash on the iPhone when it can hold back an entire product category for two years.
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RE[3]: RiscOS no no no no
by ChrisG on Thu 6th May 2010 09:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: RiscOS no no no no"
ChrisG
Member since:
2005-07-09

Heh, I was reading the linked articles not the OS News one. Ah well...

Regarding RiscOS on these things, I can see it being a hobby project but nothing more without a really serious update to the underpinnings of the OS, which I'm sure would be more time+effort than using Linux.

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RE[4]: RiscOS no no no no
by bhtooefr on Thu 6th May 2010 10:10 in reply to "RE[3]: RiscOS no no no no"
bhtooefr Member since:
2009-02-19

There's also a niche market of elderly people that don't know anything other than RISC OS, and are using either circa-1997 233 MHz StrongARM RiscPCs, circa-2000 233 or 300 MHz Kinetic (RAM local to the CPU card) StrongARM RiscPCs, circa-2002 600 MHz XScale-based Iyonixes, and circa-2004 400 MHz ARM9-based A9homes with a beta OS.

Those users, that's all they know how to use, and that's all they'll use until they die. They'll buy new hardware if it's cheap enough, but only if it can run RISC OS. For that matter, a couple companies have sold x86 PCs running Virtual RiscPC, which... isn't very good, and has nasty, buggy DRM.

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RE[5]: RiscOS no no no no
by jabjoe on Thu 6th May 2010 10:33 in reply to "RE[4]: RiscOS no no no no"
jabjoe Member since:
2009-05-06

Exactly how small is this niche? I can't see it's more than a few hundred at most. A better solution to help them would be a effort on Rox and RpcEmu. It's not good to be tied to any chip type, even ARM. That's if it's worth getting new machine for them, not like there is new RiscOS software... But honestly, moving OS isn't that big a deal, even if the machine is dead, Linux can actually mount ADFS. For many old Acorn app, bet there is something to convert the files. Like Draw to Inkscape sort of thing. A better business is help emigrate these old RiscOS users left behind to the new lands we all enjoy. Let RiscOS lie in peace.

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RE[5]: RiscOS no no no no
by henderson101 on Thu 6th May 2010 10:55 in reply to "RE[4]: RiscOS no no no no"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

There's also a niche market of elderly people that don't know anything other than RISC OS.


That is PURE fantasy. It's a little like the response often heard when the 17th century Cornish man was questioned in English - "Me na vadna cowz a Sowznack". Which, at the time, was thought to translate as "I can't speak English", but actually meant "I _will not_ speak English".

Anyone still using RISCOS as a primary OS is doing so because they want to, not because they have to.

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