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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Price
by zima on Mon 31st Oct 2011 14:35 UTC
zima
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2005-07-06

Luckily, RISC OS camp realized (even if it took some time? ;) ) it's a bad idea to jeopardize any remaining chances your niche platform might have, by focusing on niche & expensive hardware ([hint]"Amiga"[/hint] ;) )

Should be fun, we'll see how it goes (even if "The price point, educational focus, and software support are exceptional" - emphasis mine - is IMHO a bit premature at this point; those aspects might still end up like with OLPC & Sugar...)

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RE: Price
by bhtooefr on Mon 31st Oct 2011 16:08 in reply to "Price"
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2009-02-19

Arguably, the RISC OS camp didn't realize it, they just got lucky by relatively cheap and generic ARM hardware becoming popular for some things.

The Amiga camp moved to PPC back when PPC was viable, and there were, IIRC, a couple attempts to move to Macs just as the PPC Mac was dying. Now, it's not a popular platform for this sort of thing, so they have to make their own hardware - just as the Acorn community did 5-10 years ago.

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RE[2]: Price
by zima on Mon 31st Oct 2011 19:36 in reply to "RE: Price"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Perhaps, though RISC OS camp does seem to jump relatively quickly on inexpensive almost-retail hardware; they saw their chance in targeting such machine.

The Amiga camp did it way late (excluding AROS, but it needs its time). Only recently MorphOS runs on some old, "surplus" Macs, while Powermacs were available for quite some time. And I think it's more appropriate to discuss those, whole machines, when it comes to past viability; not simply the PPC CPU - which anyway was, for many years, essentially just a coprocessor.
(the whole movement seemed more about few small manufacturers feeding on the leftovers of Amiga following, to keep them alive a bit longer; while perhaps there were more optimal routes - consider how Amithlon, in its days, smoked pretty much every "true Amiga" hardware, for much lesser price, and IIRC it could provide a gradual & transparent to the OS shift towards x86-compiled code; but, the community had strong ideological issues with x86... ~"well, Apple doesn't use them, they use what's best" turned out funny)

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