RISC OS 5.10 readied for releaseBy Chris Williams. Published: 21st Sep 2005, 14:04:40 | Permalink | Printable
Updates to USB and Nvidia drivers, whispers of multi-cored CPUsCastle have issued a new RISC OS 5 ROM for brave Iyonix users to beta test. Version 5.10 is mainly a bug fixing exercise, and coincides with a USB mass storage update that also corrects a few glitches.
"It is intended that these updates will go in general circulation in a few days time, unless anything hugely untoward crops up. We have been running these for a while now," said Castle's John Ballance. Iyonix users have already noticed problems with RISC OS 5.10 and QuickFiler.
The ROM also includes an updated driver module for the Nvidia GeForce 2 graphics card, using knowledge gleaned from the BeOS related Haiku project. The new module is capable of accessing the BIOS on the Nvidia graphics card, presumably so that the OS can easily identify the revision of the graphics card present and other details that may vary over time as Nvidia manufacture new cards. John added that GeForece 4 support was still some way away.
Castle's Jack Lillingston recently gave a talk at a London user group, and mentioned some developments regarding multi-cored processors. The company is still working on IPTV based products for clients, and will be sticking to XScale processors for their desktop computers. For the STB work, RISC OS 5 could run on a processor with multiple cores, although the OS would execute on a single core, leaving the others to handle networking and video decoding, for example.
An example IPTV box is expected to be on display at the South East show next month.
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