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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RE[2]: Let it go.....
by jabjoe on Mon 31st Oct 2011 15:57 UTC in reply to "RE: Let it go....."
jabjoe
Member since:
2009-05-06

I keep a loose tag on the RiscOS world, mostly in case something better than RPCEmu (good code, but always lacking the love it deserves) comes along to run my old programs, but also because it was once home.

I also am following the Raspberry Pi project as even with the lack of open graphics drivers, and the scary GPU binary blob boot, I may still have uses for a few. It's also fantastic to try and get kids programming. Linux is a fantastic learning platform and very empowering. You know, the old: Teach a man Photoshop and he will be able to edit bitmaps for a day, teach a man Gimp and he will be able to edit bitmaps for a lifetime. ;-)

I really don't want any energy taken away from Linux work on this device for RiscOS. None. If you want RiscOS chances are you really want the GUI, in which case, get stuck in with the Rox desktop.

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RE[3]: Let it go.....
by helpful on Mon 31st Oct 2011 17:56 in reply to "RE[2]: Let it go....."
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2011-10-31

If you want RiscOS chances are you really want the GUI, in which case, get stuck in with the Rox desktop.

It's a nice effort but unfortunately it doesn't change the UI of any of the applications you run, which still behave like Windows/Mac/KDE/Gnome apps, so you lose a lot of the benefits of the RISC OS GUI.

Every time I see a File Open/Save dialogue box I just want to cry at the massive waste of time (mine and the programmers) that they are :-(

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RE[4]: Let it go.....
by Dave_K on Mon 31st Oct 2011 19:40 in reply to "RE[3]: Let it go....."
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2005-11-16

It's a nice effort but unfortunately it doesn't change the UI of any of the applications you run, which still behave like Windows/Mac/KDE/Gnome apps, so you lose a lot of the benefits of the RISC OS GUI.


Agreed. ROX doesn't provide anything close to the full RISC OS experience. Just like adding a dock and theme to Windows and Linux can't turn them into Mac OS X.

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RE[4]: Let it go.....
by jabjoe on Mon 31st Oct 2011 19:59 in reply to "RE[3]: Let it go....."
jabjoe Member since:
2009-05-06

Yer, the load/save was the best in any OS. I've felt for some time the desktop should do load/save dialogs and processes communicate with the desktop via pipes/socket. That way you can have Explorer like extensions without injecting code into every process that opens a file dialog. It also means you can do things like proper Rox file dialogs for all apps without them need to even be recompiled. Should be part xdg standard. :-)

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