News in briefPublished: 18th Apr 2007, 23:46:16 | Permalink | Printable
Samba, Neil Raine, RISC OS 6, and moreAs well as the links posted on recently introduced news ticker, here is some news you may have missed.
Samba no longer
Peter Naulls has taken down the source code to the RISC OS samba server port following a row over the project. Coder Thomas Milius, with the help of Herbert zur Nedden, uploaded a modified copy of the open source networking software to a website for people to download and test - which Peter objected to as he said his own riscos.info website was hosting the source code to a more stable albeit unreleased version of the server.
A Usenet discussion on the matter ran its course until Peter decided to remove from sight the source on riscos.info, taking away the stability updates he had made to the project. The samba server port, which Peter took under his wing a while ago, is used to share files with computers running Windows and Unix-like OSes.
The riscos.info page for Samba is here, the old Sourceforge-hosted website for the port is here, and Thomas's version is here. You can read the car crash thread right here.
Peter added he "was never away," despite earlier telling punters he was taking a break from RISC OS development.
Raising cash in memory of Neil
Frances Early, the widow of former Acorn engineer Neil Raine, raised over £4200 for good causes after running a 21.1km event in memory of her husband. Neil was best known for his work on the RISC OS Font and Window managers, Iota's DataPower, and the Meteors game bundled with RiscPCs. He died in a hang-gliding accident in Spain last year. Frances completed last month's Bath half-marathon in about two and a half hours.
Wakefield for RISC OS 6 and A9home update?
RISCOS Ltd are still issuing Select 4 testers with new builds of RISC OS 6 to test drive. This follows the recent circulation of softload ROM release candidates among the tight-lipped beta testers. It's not believed the development team are specifically aiming for a Wakefield show release, although they realise it will be an ideal time for them.
A9home users have also called for a Wakefield release of a new FlashROM update for their little blue ARM9-powered machines. Aside from being unable to easily print from the machine, the disabled CMOS is proving to be a bug bear - the unofficial A9home compatibility site describes how to enable CMOS settings.
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