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Internet Explorer spotted running on a RISC OS

Published: 3rd Mar 2007, 21:30:54 | Permalink | Printable

And Outlook - surely some kind of mistake?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Internet Explorer running on what appears to be RISC OS. And for added effect, there's also Outlook Express. Is this a sight to be welcomed given that the two packages have a habit of polarising users? They're like the marmite of the computing world, you either love them or hate them.

Both applications have RISC OS toolbars, and the close, back, and toggle size icons in their normal places - but surely, our eyes must be deceiving us?



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Well, yes. This piece of rib tickling hilarity is the work of Peter Howkins, who initially hoped to run IE 5 from a Solaris-powered computer and display the web browser via an X Windows server on his RISC OS computer. Instead he opted to run the whole thing on Linux and use a RISC OS skin on his desktop - but it's the thought that counts.

Dubbing his effort 'The Windows Porting Project', Peter said: "It's really a copy of Solaris IE5 from about 1999 running over X Windows to a Linux box with a RISC OS theme for xfwm4 (XFCE window manager) that I just made."

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Aren't you 28 days early?

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 4/3/07 1:02AM
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11 months late, this is a software project after all.

 is a RISC OS Userflibble on 4/3/07 5:16PM
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I really have to take issue with your linking of Marmite and IE. Anyone with any sense or taste knows that Marmite is pure, unadulterated, heavenly bliss on toast. IE is that security-challanged software with the potential for allowing your data to become toast.

 is a RISC OS Userpsomers on 5/3/07 4:29PM
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I have Microsoft Word installed on my Iyonix.

(OK it is the DOS version, packaged in an app directory and using DOSBOX)

 is a RISC OS Userjess on 5/3/07 5:43PM
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A more useful way of doing it (if you can ever call running IE useful, apart from to demonstrate everything that is wrong with Microsoft software) would have to adapted one of the available RDP clients to house each top level Windows window in its own RISC OS window. That would have been worthy of a news story, this sadly isn't.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 6/3/07 9:05AM
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Druck: Fantastic Idea!

I always thought that the PC card should have been able to do this!

I remember there was a project to do it once, but it never materialised.

 is a RISC OS Userem2ac on 6/3/07 12:15PM
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There was an add on for the PC card which attempted to do this, I forget its name. But unfortunately the implementation was poor, relying on shuffling Windows windows and copying out parts of the display buffer to re-plot on the RISC OS desktop, which was very slow. The way it should have been done was to re-write the display driver code to plot in to separate back buffers, and the changed area plotted on to the RISC OS desktop. It did have code to strip off the Windows menu bar and represent it as a RISC OS middle button menu, which was clever when it worked.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 6/3/07 1:36PM
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Perhaps it's the same one that druck describes that made it to commercial sales. It had one factor that stopped a full appreciation of its achievement. It was s l o w .

 is a RISC OS Userjc on 6/3/07 2:52PM
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In reply to Druck/jc:

That was Winrisc, I think. I remember seeing a review with the title "faster than a speeding glacier", although I don't think I ever saw the software itself in action.

 is a RISC OS Userchrisj on 6/3/07 3:05PM
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The product was called "Win, Risc!", by ARMed Forces Software.

dgs

 is a RISC OS Userdgs on 6/3/07 3:08PM
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Out of interest, is Win, Risc still available for purchase? Depending on the price I might be tempted....

 is a RISC OS Userpolas on 6/3/07 6:02PM
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well he could havfe at least got a dummy icon bar on there ;)

 is a RISC OS Usernex on 10/3/07 10:17AM
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Polas: no, and you wouldn't want it anyway.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 12/3/07 9:03AM
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