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    Articles in December 2008

  • Drobe Awards 2008: The results
    As the last few hours of 2008 slip away forever, it's time to recognise those who gave the most to the RISC OS platform over the past 12 months.
     9 comments, latest by JohnR on 2/1/09 11:03PM. Published: 31 Dec 2008

  • What should be the platform's priority for 2009?
    Give those in charge of this ship a direction to aim for in the new year.
     10 comments, latest by Stoppers on 17/1/09 6:36PM. Published: 28 Dec 2008

  • Merry Christmas and a happy new year
    2008 is drawing to a close so it's time to wish every Drobe reader a merry Christmas and we hope you all have a happy new year. Thanks for dropping by every day to check out the latest RISC OS news and sticking with the site when we went silent for several months.
     10 comments, latest by AW on 27/12/08 9:31PM. Published: 24 Dec 2008

  • GCC 4.1.1 port first release available
    A port of the open source C/C++ compiler package GCC 4.1.1 is now available for download. This build produces executables in a format found on Unix-like OSes, paving the way for support for shared libraries and the possibility of using powerful debugging tools from other platforms.
     6 comments, latest by joty on 1/1/09 2:57PM. Published: 24 Dec 2008

  • Stilt walker offers free sandwich board advertising to RISC OS companies
    Picture exclusive - An enterprising RISC OS fan is walking tall this season after offering free advertising to RISC OS companies and organisations - by wearing their adverts on sandwich boards around UK towns and cities while on stilts. And Advantage Six has got in first to use the service to plug its A9home computer.
     11 comments, latest by Anon on 9/5/09 5:14PM. Published: 23 Dec 2008

  • Paul Vigay's animated image package enters public beta
    Created animated GIFs and more using a script-based language. The beta is fully functionally until December 31, after which it will revert back to a demo version.
     5 comments, latest by andypoole on 23/12/08 3:56PM. Published: 23 Dec 2008

  • Simple backup utility sSync bugfixed
    sSync 0.02 by Carlos Michael Santillan synchronises two given directories to make sure they both stay up-to-date.
     1 comment, latest by diomus on 6/1/09 10:20PM. Published: 23 Dec 2008

  • Software project management tool updated
    SEProject 0.01b allows developers who use StrongED to upload their work via ftp, svn and other means.
     Discuss this. Published: 22 Dec 2008

  • Voting now open for the Drobe Awards 2008
    The shortlist for this year's Drobe Awards has been drawn up, the voting system dragged out of the attic and we can't wait to see who will win. Log in and vote now to recognise those who have contributed the most to the RISC OS platform this year.
     20 comments, latest by jess on 2/1/09 10:44AM. Published: 22 Dec 2008

  • The leaked ROL licence is the dullest thing you will ever read
    Having had the authenticity of an anonymously leaked partial copy of RISCOS Ltd's licence to develop and distribute RISC OS confirmed and having read through its contents, we wondered why we bothered.
     4 comments, latest by bucksboy on 22/12/08 1:58PM. Published: 21 Dec 2008

  • RISCOS Ltd's head licence with E14 leaked
    A partial scanned copy of what appears to be the original 1999 licence between ROL and E14 - the company formed from the break-up of Acorn that kept the RISC OS technology - has been anonymously leaked to several RISC OS magazines and websites this afternoon. The disclosure, which arrived by email from a gmail account, is believed to have come about following the recently revived licensing dispute between ROL and Castle.
     11 comments, latest by DaveLane on 22/12/08 5:27PM. Published: 20 Dec 2008

  • Nominations open for the Drobe Awards 2008
    Tell us who's made your year in the RISC OS world
     6 comments, latest by chriswhy on 18/12/08 6:28PM. Published: 16 Dec 2008

  • RISC OS 5.14 softloaded on an Iyonix: first screenshot
    Adrian Lees has been beavering away on a softload tool released as part of the RISC OS Open Shared Source scheme to get it to boot the project's RISC OS 5.14 ROM image from his Iyonix hardware - allowing him (and soon anyone else) to try out and test the ROM builds before committing them to Flash ROM. See this thread for details.
     12 comments, latest by Charlie on 27/12/08 12:31AM. Published: 15 Dec 2008

  • That RISC OS 6.14 features list in full, sort of
    For those of you who haven't received a copy of or otherwise upgraded to the latest Select release (5i1), which is powered by RISC OS 6.14, here's a quick run-down of the features added to the OS.
     2 comments, latest by markee174 on 19/12/08 6:25PM. Published: 15 Dec 2008

  • Using ROL's 4.02 ROM image in Linux RPCEmu
    Test driving a virtually free package on a very open road
     11 comments, latest by hzn on 13/1/09 5:27PM. Published: 14 Dec 2008

  • Speed boost for free back-up package 7backup
    Steve Revill's software now skips examining directories excluded from back-up jobs among other improvements.
     Discuss this. Published: 14 Dec 2008

  • Something positive to take from the OS 5 ROM licensing saga
    Public show of affection among ROL and ROOL staff
     14 comments, latest by druck on 17/12/08 3:15PM. Published: 14 Dec 2008

  • New RISC OS ownership claim may derail ROOL RiscPC ROM release
    RISCOS Ltd, the developers of RISC OS 4 and 6, may attempt to block RISC OS Open Ltd from releasing a RiscPC-compatible ROM built from the RISC OS 5 Shared Source project, drobe.co.uk has learned.
     131 comments, latest by Stoppers on 20/5/09 5:58PM. Published: 10 Dec 2008

  • Beeb fans to show off Acorn kit at 8-bit convention
    A number of Acorn enthusiasts plan to exhibit their favourite 8-bit kit at next March's Byte Back convention - a two-day UK show that sees all manner of electronic equipment from C64s to arcade cabs demonstrated by their adoring fans. Dave Moore, who was able to secure a few tables for Acorn hardware, is organising a meet up for like-minded enthusiasts at the event.
     Discuss this. Published: 10 Dec 2008

  • Lua for RISC OS reaches version 5
    Described by author Gavin Wraith as "a fairly major departure from RiscLua 4.xx", RiscLua 5.00 features a simplified RISC OS-specific library that is similar to BASIC. Lua is a programming language used to create scripts to automate tasks and do other processing. It is used in video game development as well as many other applications.
     Discuss this. Published: 10 Dec 2008

  • NetSurf 2.0 release pencilled for April 2009
    The team behind the open source browser for RISC OS, Linux, AmigaOS, BeOS and other platforms start aiming for a version 2.0 release of NetSurf in time for next year's Wakefield RISC OS show. The top priority will be bug fixing and no new features will be added after mid_February to allow the programmers time to thoroughly test the software prior to the unveiling of NS 2.0.
     6 comments, latest by ninja on 12/12/08 1:10AM. Published: 10 Dec 2008

  • Get an Archimedes pin badge for Xmas - for 25 quid
    It's mind-boggling what you can find on online auction house eBay - and in this instance, we've stumbled across this classy pin badge with the Acorn Archimedes logo on it. A snip at just 25 quid the last time we looked. Do you have any old Acorn memorabilia that could be flogged on eBay? Let everyone know in the comments below so we can compare our Acorn World plastic bags and such materials.
     3 comments, latest by TonyStill on 11/12/08 9:45PM. Published: 10 Dec 2008

  • Techie docs for mystery Acorn CAD workstation surface
    Documentation for Acorn's 1988 prototype 'high end' technical publishing workstation have been scanned and published online by collector-of-old-kit Chris Why. The A680 was an advanced Archimedes-series machine that ran Acorn's Unix attempt, RISC iX. It was initially powered by a 25MHz ARM2 and had a 67MB hard disc with up to 8MB of RAM and a monochrome display.
     5 comments, latest by davidb on 12/12/08 8:16PM. Published: 10 Dec 2008

  • Virtual desktop tool MoreDesk up to version 1.20
    MoreDesk, which extends and splits the desktop over several screens to increase the user's workspace, has been bug fixed by developer Steve Revill.
     Discuss this. Published: 10 Dec 2008

  • Calender design app Calibre bug fixed
    Developer Ray Favre addresses an issue that prevented some Red Letter Days from being saved to disc. The new version, 3.02, also uses the latest of Ray's DrWimp library, version 5. Calibre allows users to create and print calenders in various formats and sizes.
     Discuss this. Published: 10 Dec 2008

  • NetSurf's Iconv component updated
    Version 0.10 of the character set conversion utility is available for download and future builds of NetSurf, which is among various applications that use it, will require this new release. This new release fixes a few problems found in the 0.09 version, including the *iconv command handling.
     1 comment, latest by tlsa on 10/12/08 10:23AM. Published: 10 Dec 2008

  • Community-produced RISC OS 5.14 in final testing
    A RISC OS 5 ROM image produced from RISC OS Open's shared source project and code contributed by volunteer programmers has been submitted to Castle for testing. Once it has passed a round of QA, Castle, aka Iyonix Ltd, is expected to ship the new ROM image to end users. A copy of the ROM image, which is suitable for XScale-powered Iyonix computers, is available for download now for anyone crazy enough to test it on their hardware. ROOL's Steve Revill said: "This ROM build includes a snapshot of all the latest updates and submissions to the shared source project from the community."
     14 comments, latest by jlavallin on 14/12/08 10:36AM. Published: 7 Dec 2008

  • Select 5i1 released to subscribers
    RISCOS Ltd is set to ship a new version of its stream of RISC OS, understood to be Select 5i1, to its RISC OS Select subscribers. Punters at the Midlands Christmas 2008 show on Saturday report they were able to pick up CDs of the new release from the ROL stand.
     6 comments, latest by sa110 on 15/12/08 7:43AM. Published: 7 Dec 2008

  • Christmas 2008 show photos
    The Midlands Christmas 2008 RISC OS show has been and gone and turned out to be a pretty timid yet relaxed affair - there was a steady stream of punters for a few hours. Next year's event has been arranged for Saturday, December 5, 2009.
     4 comments, latest by rjek on 8/12/08 11:26PM. Published: 7 Dec 2008

  • The ARM Club disbands after 18 years
    The ARM Club, which has organised shows and provided support and products to RISC OS users since 1990, has closed its doors and stopped publishing its Eureka magazine. Its committee members agreed to stop taking on new club members after membership figures went into free fall and no one was willing to help run the organisation. Archive has agreed to take on Eureka subscribers and their first issue, edition 21:11, is due to arrive in the post by Monday.
     4 comments, latest by bucksboy on 9/12/08 6:32PM. Published: 6 Dec 2008

  • Midland Christmas 2008 show: live news feed
    The Midland User Group-organised RISC OS show opens in Birmingham today at 10.30am. Andy Poole has promised to post running updates throughout the event from his flash iPhone. Feel free to send in any photos or gossip if you make it to the show.
     1 comment, latest by druck on 8/12/08 9:04AM. Published: 6 Dec 2008

  • ROL flogs RISC OS 4 for all emulators
    Download a RISC OS 4.02 ROM image for a fiver from RISCOS Ltd's website from Monday and use it with your favourite machine emulator, such as RPCEmu. The package is set to include the !Boot and application and utilities files too. ROL boss Paul Middleton said: "We have been looking at ways of making a low cost, or 'virtually free' version of RISC OS available for some time." Keep an eye on ROL's new sales website. The ROM image, which contains the operating system code usually found on the ROS ROM chips, will be available on CD too.
     17 comments, latest by Calculon on 13/12/08 9:34PM. Published: 6 Dec 2008

  • Upgrade to RISC OS 4 for twenty quid
    RISCOS Ltd announce new CD-based upgrade for RISC OS 3 and 4 users to allow them to install and boot into RISC OS 4.02 and 4.39. Normal price is 29 quid, or 20 at the Midland Christmas 2008 show in Birmingham.
     59 comments, latest by VinceH on 9/12/08 12:20PM. Published: 3 Dec 2008

  • Midland Christmas show this Saturday
    The Midland Christmas 2008 RISC OS show is fast approaching - pencil Saturday, December 6 in your diaries. For the organisers, the Midlands User Group, this is a big challenge. While they co-organised the last one with the ARM Club, the organisation for this year's event has been primarily a MUG affair.
     2 comments, latest by NickMason on 4/12/08 9:23PM. Published: 2 Dec 2008

  • New lead developer for RPCEmu emerges
    Dick Tanis steps forward as the new maintainer for the open source RiscPC emulator, together with a couple of coding pals, to continue development of Tom Walker's software. At the moment, the Linux port of RPCEmu remains a priority. Tom stepped down from the project earlier this year.
     6 comments, latest by rjek on 3/12/08 7:51PM. Published: 1 Dec 2008


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