Internet Explorer spotted running on a RISC OSPublished: 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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