RISC OS explained to the uninitiatedPublished: 8th Jul 2006, 19:09:06 | Permalink | Printable
You can't tell people what ROS is, only show them itAn article outlining RISC OS has been published on OSNews, written by Lua port author Gavin Wraith. As part of the popular operating system news portal's article writing competition, the piece is the second feature article in a series on minority platforms.
Gavin said: "The comments posted are all mildly positive so far. It would be fantastic if some sales eventuated from this."
The piece begins with a tour of the history of Acorn and the early design decisions that have lead to the OS we have today. Gavin then moved onto the desktop and how applications are structured, using screenshots of RISC OS 5 with a Mac OS X-clone skin.
He wrote: "The fish in a shrinking pool tend to bite each other, but you soon learn to avoid those that do.
"The range of uses to which the RISC OS community puts its machines is far wider and more diverse than I can hope to describe. Being non-standard has lots of drawbacks but none yet so compelling that I must use another operating system."
Cleo Saulnier, an OSNews reader, programmer and blogger said: "I like some of the ideas in RISC OS. Many of these are clear signs of going forward. If not the implementation, then at least the concepts."
The Outsider's Tale: a RISC OS User's Apology
Previous: Could public cash save our software?
Next: Wild: Why I must sell stake in Castle
DiscussionViewing threaded comments | View comments unthreaded, listed by date | Skip to the end
Please login before posting a comment. Use the form on the right to do so or create a free account.
Search the archives
Today's featured article
How to get your favourite old games running on your newer hardware
Alex Macfarlane Smith guides us through the patchwork
Discuss this. Published: 22 Jan 2003
Artex issue TEK patch
Discuss this. Published: 26 May 2002
News and media:
RISCOS Ltd •
RISC OS Open •
MW Software •
Advantage Six •
CJE Micros •
Liquid Silicon •
Chris Why's Acorn/RISC OS collection •
The Register •
The Inquirer •
Apple Insider •
BBC News •
Sky News •
Google News •