Foundation DVD leaves ROS 5 behindBy Chris Williams. Published: 21st Feb 2005, 17:02:45 | Permalink | Printable
Magazine celebrates five years in publishingFoundation RISC User magazine's new DVD-ROM release has highlighted the gap in features between RISC OS 4 and 5. The disc, which features 16 issues of the CD based publication, can right now only be read on RISC OS computers with a DVD drive and Select or Adjust.
Editor Richard Hallas added: "Ironically (given that the DVD was actually created on an Iyonix, and is compatible with it in software terms), it is not currently possible to use this DVD on an Iyonix PC because RISC OS 5 cannot read DVDs. In the future, however, this is likely to change: once DVD-handling capabilities have been added (either by a future RISC OS upgrade or via the forthcoming third-party Cino product), the FRU DVD will work very nicely on the Iyonix."
The DVD has been launched in conjuction with issue 16 of Foundation RISC User, a quarterly magazine published by RISCOS Ltd. The magazine is formatted in HTML, and is said to contain over 1GB of data or around 1 million words. Bringing back warm memories of Acorn User CDs (the good ones), the DVD also includes 'RISC OS only interactive features', a load of free software and an archive of news announcements dating back to 2000. The disc's ISO9660 image was crafted on a Iyonix and then burnt on an Apple Mac computer. It's believed that WSS's 32bit CDROMFS can also read DVD discs.
The developers of RISC OS 5, Castle, were unavailable for comment.
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