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[3]: Price
by bhtooefr on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 12:09 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Price"
bhtooefr
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2009-02-19

Of course, for a long time, there were three kinds of RISC OS machine:

Old RiscPCs with somewhat faster CPU cards (or just the original CPU cards - those are the elderly that keep the commercial RISC OS world afloat)
Newer custom-designed machines, sometimes with their development partially subsidized by part of it being part of an "ARM Linux devkit" that's low-volume, expensive hardware (one of those, with a far slower CPU than the Raspberry Pi, is still available - the better Iyonix was killed off due to RoHS issues)
Windows machines running Virtual RiscPC (and one company is still selling those) - and these get the "but it's not ARM" treatment

They were pretty quick about jumping on the Beagleboard, though, when it became available. Actually, it was the "ZOMG WE NEED A RISC OS LAPTOP" mentality (the only production RISC OS laptop had an ARM3, so it was woefully out of date) that led them to a port to the Pandora, which led them to the Beagleboard as their dev platform.

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