Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 31st Oct 2011 12:59 UTC, submitted by Martin H Hansen
RISC OS Sometimes, on a rather boring and run-of-the-mill Monday, I get news in the submission queue which just puts a gigantic smile on my face. We've talked about the Raspberry Pi before on OSNews, and other than reporting that everything's on track for a Christmas launch, it has also been announced that the Raspberry Pi will be able to run... RISC OS. A British educational ARM board running RISC OS? We have come full circle. And I couldn't be happier. Update: Theo Markettos emailed me with two corrections - Markettos isn't actually a representative of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and the quoted bits are transcribed, they're not Markettos' literal words. Thanks for clearing that up!
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priorities
by kokara4a on Mon 31st Oct 2011 13:59 UTC
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2005-09-16

These guys should concentrate on enabling accelerated X drivers. I saw a recent video on their website where they demoed unaccelerated LXDE desktop. Unaccelerated sucks!

I'm all for alternative OSes but they better use the full capabilities of the computer.

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RE: priorities
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 31st Oct 2011 14:02 in reply to "priorities"
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2005-06-29

Screw X. RISC OS is far more interesting.

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RE[2]: priorities
by zima on Mon 31st Oct 2011 14:08 in reply to "RE: priorities"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Though inexpensive machine of such class with LXDE would be probably more useful...

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RE[2]: priorities
by kragil on Mon 31st Oct 2011 15:25 in reply to "RE: priorities"
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2006-01-04

Well, it may be to you. But guess that most people don't want such a primitive OS that is completely written in ARM assembly (and therefor has nearly no hope of getting any modern OS features)

RPi Foundations intention is to bring modern computing to children for cheap and that is most likely if they get Linux running properly on those machines and at the moment proper X drivers really would help with that.

RiscOS might be great for your short-lived toying fancy, but it sure as hell isn't important in the grand scheme of things.

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RE: priorities
by twitterfire on Mon 31st Oct 2011 14:06 in reply to "priorities"
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2008-09-11

These guys should concentrate on enabling accelerated X drivers. I saw a recent video on their website where they demoed unaccelerated LXDE desktop. Unaccelerated sucks!

I'm all for alternative OSes but they better use the full capabilities of the computer.


3D acceleration is needed for what exactly? It's not like you are going to run Cryengine 2 or Unigine on it, anyway. I think it has linux drivers with 3D acceleration, as they were able to run Quake 3 Arena on it.

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RE[2]: priorities
by zima on Mon 31st Oct 2011 14:10 in reply to "RE: priorities"
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2005-07-06

I don't think he means 3D acceleration ...it's not even something that Openbox (typically paired with LXDE) has any means to use, IIRC.

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RE[2]: priorities
by _txf_ on Mon 31st Oct 2011 15:02 in reply to "RE: priorities"
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2008-03-17

3D acceleration is needed for what exactly? It's not like you are going to run Cryengine 2 or Unigine on it, anyway. I think it has linux drivers with 3D acceleration, as they were able to run Quake 3 Arena on it.


Amusingly the RasberryPi processor started out as a gpu. They then bolted on a cpu (on the same die?). That is why it has such an unusual boot up sequence and such an underpowered application processor (at least in comparison with most arm contemporaries today).

Edited 2011-10-31 15:03 UTC

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RE: priorities
by M.Onty on Mon 31st Oct 2011 17:35 in reply to "priorities"
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2009-10-23

Raspberry Pi aren't concentrating on RISC OS, they're just supporting the RISC OS Open community which is handling the port. There's no need to prioritise one over the other.

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