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Euro mag to list active RISC OS developers

By Chris Williams. Published: 2nd Oct 2005, 17:54:05 | Permalink | Printable

But first, it needs you to contact them

Gag logoMedia Watch German magazine Gag-News is compiling a list of active RISC OS software and product developers for the benefit of users on the European mainland. All maintainers and programmers of software, developers of hardware, and providers of related information and documentation are invited to make themselves known by emailing GAGNews (at) HQ (dot) gag (dot) de. This address will self destruct after the deadline of November 11th.

Editor Herbert zur Nedden said, "It's not easy to know who is still active in the RISC OS market - especially if you live outside UK and if you don't read English well."

Herbert last attempted a stunt like this the year Acorn announced its break up, and the Acorn World show was effectively cancelled. He also asks that people who email in should go beyond giving a URL to a website, and describe their work in detail.


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Obviously I can understand that the Euro-mainland version should take priority, but I'd have thought this would be useful for all users.

So - from a purely selfish perspective - I hope a version can be made generally available for the benefit of UK users too.

 is a RISC OS Userflypig on 2/10/05 8:48PM
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I think that after compiling that list for GAG-News I'll be tempted to a) provide it online on www.gag.de in German b) provide it online on www.gag.de in an English translation - depending on amount perhaps shortend a bit But please allow some delay for both - for a) to prepare for the web and for b) to do the translation and then prepare for the web.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 3/10/05 8:32AM
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Thanks Herbert, that sounds good to me :D It'll be a useful resource,

 is a RISC OS Userflypig on 3/10/05 11:41AM
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Nice idea but... with much of current development being done in 'spare time' etc I doubt many developers will have the time to send details, if a web form could be pointed to which was quick and easy to fill in, then it would have a better chance of being done, even then I suspect only a minority of developers would have enough spare time to do so:-(

 is a RISC OS UserCJE on 3/10/05 12:13PM
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Does this include freeware/PD/OSS etc?


 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 3/10/05 12:54PM
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CJE: If developers take the European market seriously, they should seriously consider taking time to fill these (upcoming) forms in.

In my view it is quite important and a comparatively trivial effort rather measured in minutes, than hours. It seems many do have time to exhibit at the RO Expo in the Netherlands each year. So, if developers want European customers to keep noticing them, they should embrace the initiative of Herbert zur Nedden and provide some details to his list. It would most certainly help.

 is a RISC OS UserhEgelia on 3/10/05 1:58PM
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Actually it's quite striking how much important RO software and hardware development is done by non-UK developers: Martin Wuerthner, Messrs v.d. Bos and Medema (RiScript), X-ample, Rob Davison and Simon Wilson spring readily to mind. And I suppose P Naulls is now an expatriate resource also....

 is a RISC OS Userbucksboy on 3/10/05 8:02PM
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CJE: If people don't have time to do tiny promotion work, their time spent on developing seems to me a waste of effort - who's going to know about it?

Of course promotion work does take time away from development but if you're not going to sell it...

 is a RISC OS UserGulli on 3/10/05 10:33PM
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To all: Sorry I didn't look back here for a few days!

To CJE and other companies: To make it easier here's the mail address to click on (I hope drobe doesn't amend this): *GAGNews@HQ.gag.de* - since it is an autodestructing one I have no worries to have it clickable as it was on c.s.a.announce too. As for the spare time: GAG-News is done in spare time and you can bet that going through your replies, which can certainly be short like some introduction and short statement about what you do and perhaps a short list of the most important products you supply/offer/make plus a link to a web site, translating them into German and then setting them up for printing etc does take more time than you need to write them. Please see next comment too

To adamr: It includes everything if it has to do with RISC OS!

To hEgelia: Thanks for your support. BTW until now just one company dropped me a line...

To bucksboy: Not to forget Steffen Huber (CDVDBurn) and Niklaus Weiss (DeskDebug) probably others...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 10/10/05 8:03AM
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Since Drobe does reword submissions - sometimes enhancing them sometimes perhaps dropping parts here is my original posting as it appeared on c.s.a.announce:

Dear all,

it's not easy to know who is still active in the RISC OS market - especially if you live outside UK and if you don't read English well [Note: I do so submissions in English to me are fine!].

Thus I want to collect this information for the upcoming issue of GAG-News, the regular German RISC OS magazine I publish since 1992. For this I need input. BTW, I did something like this quite some time ago in the year when Acorn World was cancelled and it was a great success.

Do *you* make or supply or maintain or ... things for RISC OS, be it hardware, software, information, ...; be it commercially or as shareware or freeware or ...; no matter what country you are in; etc.

If you do, please let me know be email to GAGNews@HQ.gag.de as quickly as possible to give me more time to put everything together. Deadline is 11.11.2005 since the next GAG-News goes to print in November.

I would appreciate if that email contains more than a link to your website. Some words about you and your offerings as a whole and perhaps a short list of them would be nice... and with that the risk that I miss some important things can be avoided.

Considering the different platforms for RISC OS (classic hardware, IYONIX, A9home and VirtualRPC) I'd like to know which you support.

Please do *not* assume that I know that you work for RISC OS, or what you do for RISC OS. I dare to assume that whoever is still active in the RISC OS market is does read comp.sys.acorn.announce, Cybervillage, Drobe and/or Iconbar and I put this plea forward to these four asking for you to drop me some lines to GAGNews@HQ.gag.de.

Thus simply put to be fair I will *not* include any entries unless I get some input.

Note: The email address GAGNews@HQ.gag.de has been set up for this query and will be deleted afterwards.

Thanks for you reading this far and for your help!

Herbert zur Nedden Publisher of THE German RISC OS magazine.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 10/10/05 8:07AM
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