Linked by David Adams on Thu 1st Mar 2012 22:33 UTC, submitted by Robin Miller
Hardware, Embedded Systems Raspberry Pi project leader Eben Upton talks about the state of Raspberry Pi, and tells us that yes -- finally -- they now have distributors in the U.S. and other countries instead trying to ship every unit from the U.K. Even better, instead of buying a batch of boards, selling them, and only then ordering another batch, the new distribution agreements mean they can keep a steady flow of orders coming in and going out.
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RE[4]: Excellent news!
by zima on Fri 2nd Mar 2012 07:02 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Excellent news!"
zima
Member since:
2005-07-06

First and foremost, RISC OS - without a single shred of doubt. I have been wanting to use this OS for more than a decade.

So... something against emulation, I suppose?

Otherwise, I'm not sure what's stopping you - after a quick search, I got to http://www.marutan.net/rpcemu/ and http://www.marutan.net/rpcemu/ro5.html ROM image (with perhaps-latest version here http://www.riscosopen.org/content/downloads/other-zipfiles ...or maybe this http://www.riscosopen.org/forum/forums/5/topics/828 one? Ah yes, also a forum: http://www.riscosopen.org/forum/forums/10 )

And so, as I'm posting this, an emulated RISC OS machine runs happily in a window right by (I love the cursor function where it shows if "wait for 2nd click in double-click" is still active)

Edited 2012-03-02 07:05 UTC

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RE[5]: Excellent news!
by Morgan on Fri 2nd Mar 2012 07:19 in reply to "RE[4]: Excellent news!"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I don't want to speak for anyone else, but for me there's just something about running an OS on the bare metal that emulation can never...well, emulate.

For example, I keep a circa 2001 Dell laptop around that happens to run BeOS R5 with 100% compatibility. It's just not the same in a window on my dual core, 4GB box.

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RE[6]: Excellent news!
by zima on Fri 2nd Mar 2012 07:33 in reply to "RE[5]: Excellent news!"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Hey, I can understand appreciation for hardware - when you write just above, "I'd love to give RISC a run as well" ...I suppose, meaning specifically on R-Pi, because it would be fun. And, after all, I'm toying with the idea of using IRC and IM via a C64 - something which doesn't really have much of practical point.

But what Thom seems to allude to, finally being able to ~discover RISC OS, is a bit distinct. Plus it's not like Raspberry Pi will give exactly the "original" experience, possibly even not with any less bugs than under emulator - and an emu might be even smoother, considering the power of modern PC CPUs and a bit anemic one in R-Pi (BTW that, a fan of Golden Age of Arcades, I suppose? Many/most of later MAME-emulated games won't really run at very convincing speeds on R-Pi, after all ;) )

Edited 2012-03-02 07:50 UTC

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RE[6]: Excellent news!
by henderson101 on Fri 2nd Mar 2012 09:27 in reply to "RE[5]: Excellent news!"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

For example, I keep a circa 2001 Dell laptop around that happens to run BeOS R5 with 100% compatibility. It's just not the same in a window on my dual core, 4GB box.


Yeah, I keep a PowerMac 9500 with stock dual processors for BeOS. Something about booting BeOS PR2 is just COOL!

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