Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 28th Oct 2012 22:11 UTC, submitted by bhtooefr
RISC OS "RISC OS Open are very pleased to announce the official release of RISC OS for the Raspberry Pi, 'RISC OS Pi'. This is a watershed moment for RISC OS and represents the culmination of many months of hard work from a whole community of developers, testers and other contributors. It also means the Raspberry Pi can now boast support for the quick, compact, original ARM-based operating system." This is absolutely fantastic news. I'm going to try this on my Pi later this week.
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RE[7]: Cool
by zima on Fri 2nd Nov 2012 22:00 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Cool"
zima
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2005-07-06

Thanks for the links. I must note that an emulated (say, on a laptop) RISC OS machine is likely still most convenient ;P - especially since it seems to win handily in, & can generally benefit from, one of the two recent major improvements in ~PC tech: storage, especially when that storage is a fast SSD (the other improvement, dual+ core CPUs, not applying to RISC OS obviously)

Overall, RISC OS is not an operating system starved for CPU power on pretty much anything - I suppose it runs more than fine on RPi? I tried it under RPCEmu running on an Athlon XP 1700+ (1.46 GHz), a decade+ old CPU - and it was fine (but then, those were fairly barebones RISC OS images, not much apps of any kind ...are there any "fancied out" images available, with tons of software already included? Or do numerous licenses make that impractical? Some good software directory at least?)

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RE[8]: Cool
by bhtooefr on Fri 2nd Nov 2012 23:19 in reply to "RE[7]: Cool"
bhtooefr Member since:
2009-02-19

Generally, ROL's distributions came with a small selection of software, I'm not sure what the Iyonix came with, and the Raspberry Pi distribution comes with a small selection (with an optional bundle of a bunch of commercial software available, too).

But, typically, you add the software you need.

There are a few package repositories based on RiscPkg (PackMan being the preferred front end for those repos nowadays), and there's also the PlingStore for some commercial software (although AFAIK you can't actually buy through it yet).

As far as performance... most native RISC OS software is designed to run acceptably on a 202 MHz StrongARM (with a choked down memory bus, no less), although ports start to actually need the hardware. The old Firefox 2.0 port struggles to run on the Raspberry Pi. (Then again, it's better than Firefox on a 233 MHz StrongARM RiscPC - holy crap that was awful. IIRC over 5 minutes to get it started, then get a webpage opened.)

Edited 2012-11-02 23:21 UTC

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