News in briefBy Chris Williams. Published: 19th Sep 2004, 23:58:45 | Permalink | Printable
RiScript, digital music, Sunfish and moreSome interesting bits of news emerged out of last week, and so we'll share these with you briefly here.
Digital music musing
Cast your mind back to our piece on digital music creation with RISC OS, and you'll recall that electronica musician Antius produced a few example tracks for readers to download. Recently on his drobe.co.uk hosted webspace, Antius has published another track produced on RISC OS.
"It has annoyed me that at the end of the interview several MP3s are offered as an example of what I do and one of these example tracks is still unfinished", writes Antius. "So, I've decided to put another track online, which will hopefully serve as a better example of what the combination of Anthem, Lenny's apps Debbie and SysExy and a RISC OS machine can do in terms of modern dance music."
Further to our article on Sunfish and NFS, Sunfish author Alex Waugh got back to us with a little history on the development of his useful utility. Alex used Castle's Norcroft (Acorn C/C++) compiler and StrongED to create the application, and Syslog and Ethereal to debug it.
"I developed Sunfish because I wanted to access files on my Linux server from my Iyonix. At the time the only option was using LanManFS which came with RISC OS 5, but this had several bugs relating to filetyping, filename translation and large directories, which made it effectively useless for my needs", explained Alex, adding that some, but not all of the LanManFS bugs have now been fixed.
"Previously, I had used LanMan98 on my RiscPC which I was happy with, but it did not look as if this would be available in a 32bit version any time soon. So, I decided to write my own. I chose NFS over Samba because it was the more natural protocol to use when communicating with unix boxes, and should avoid the potential burden of supporting connections to various versions of Windows."
For the sake of completeness, Alex told us that he'd additionally like to develop an NFS server, and if he possibly gets enough time, "a DAV client filing system".
RISC OS switched off
We've learnt that the TV programmes Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and the National Lottery Winning Lines have migrated from using RISC OS powered kit to Intel Xeon and Matrox powered hardware to produce their on-screen graphics. Some Millionaire shows produced in countries other than the UK remain RISC OS powered, however.
RiScript co-author Jeroen Medema has created a teasing webpage which mentions RiScript 5.
"I hope to add a reference to a new RiScript site in the near future, as we're quite close to release. The only thing that I'll tell you now is that it is going to be version 5", writes Jeroen. "More rumours and details can be found in drobe article 1110. Furthermore, I hope to add background information on RiScript, namely it's history, how it has been developed, it's size, and more stuff like that."
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