First release of unofficial open source SharedCLibraryPublished: 19th Dec 2006, 23:11:52 | Permalink | Printable
Open sourcing by stealth continuesGraham Shaw has released an early experimental build of his open source SharedCLibrary module. The unofficial SCL is billed as a free re-implementation of the RISC OS core module by the same name. It is hoped Graham's module will offer various enhancements and features over the existing SCLs from Castle and RISCOS Ltd - such as extra debugging to SysLog.
The SCL provides a toolkit of useful functions for all applications to use when they need to work with files, manage resources, display text, and so on.
For the moment, Graham's module is suitable for 32bit safe versions of RISC OS only, although he hopes to address this later. Graham also said the module needed a speed boost, but he was focused on getting the library working first before optimising it later.
Graham, pictured, said: "The free SharedCLibrary should be able to act as a drop-in replacement. Don't even think about doing any performance tests at the moment, unless you want a good laugh. Some rather critical functions are written in C.
"Due to the nature of this module it has the potential to cause widespread disruption to a machine if it fails. For this reason, it is being released for the purpose of evaluation and compatibility testing only in the first instance. Please read the supplied documentation before attempting to use it."
RiscPkg author Graham began writing his replacement SharedCLibrary earlier this year, which was described at the time as 'open sourcing RISC OS by stealth.'
• Meanwhile, RISC OS Open's new website has gone live. The team said they are hoping to get the RISC OS 5 SharedCLibrary into the first batch of source code released as part of their project.
Download Graham's SCL or browse the source code
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