Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th Oct 2005 15:56 UTC
RISC OS The debate over whether or not RISC OS should be open sourced took another turn this week when Peter Naulls argued that "certain parts" of the OS could be released under an open source licence. The State-side coder behind various ports including Firefox said this would ideally include "crucial parts that affect all users, even if they don't realise it, parts that can be created from scratch and made much better than the Acorn original, and parts which can managed by specific developers who already understand them well."
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RE[2]: Open Sez Me.
by Andrew Youll on Sat 15th Oct 2005 17:09 UTC in reply to "RE: Open Sez Me."
Andrew Youll
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2005-06-29

Also the fact you still wouldnt be able to use it if it was OSS any how, as you'd need an ARM based system, and RiscOS will only run off of ROM chips it wont install to a HD (well atleast last time i checked it wouldn't), thats one of the secrets behind RiscOS's speed, the fact it runs from ROM rather than HD

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RE[3]: Open Sez Me.
by helf on Sat 15th Oct 2005 17:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Open Sez Me."
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

risc os select releases load off the hdd on top of the rom one iirc..

if it was ever opensourced it would be very interesting.. maybe real premptive multitasking could get in some how.

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RE[4]: Open Sez Me.
by Andrew Youll on Sat 15th Oct 2005 18:50 in reply to "RE[3]: Open Sez Me."
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2005-06-29

RiscOS does support Soft-updates, allowing you to update the OS by updates installed to a HD, but to update the Entire OS you need an entirely new ROM chip, as the Chips RiscOS uses are Write-Once chips, as Flash-ROMs are seen as too expensive to use.

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RE[4]: Open Sez Me.
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 15th Oct 2005 18:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Open Sez Me."
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2005-06-29

as you'd need an ARM based system, and RiscOS will only run off of ROM chips it wont install to a HD (well atleast last time i checked it wouldn't)

In that case-- is it possible to make it run on a pda? My Palm and my Zaurus are both ARM powered.

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RE[5]: Open Sez Me.
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 15th Oct 2005 18:21 in reply to "RE[4]: Open Sez Me."
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2005-06-29

Erm, I'm stupid. They're both Xscale-- is Xscale ARM? I really know fcuk all about this.

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