USB in latest RISC OS 5 source releasePublished: 22nd Feb 2008, 22:10:04 | Permalink | Printable
Third batch of code available from ROOL and CTLRISC OS Open and Castle have today published a new batch of RISC OS source code on the riscosopen.org website for everyone to get their grubby mitts on. This third installment of code comes after the first load of software blueprints were released in May and a second barrage in October, last year.
The latest batch includes the messy insides of the RISC OS 5 USB system, various low-level hardware-related modules and a library for applications that use networks and the Internet.
In an announcement earlier today, CTL and ROOL said: "This latest release focuses on some of the more low level components in the operating system, including the USB stack, DeviceFS, DMA manager and operating system internationalisation modules. Network programmers will be pleased to at long last have access to the TCPIPLibs source code."
The full list of released components is here.
Castle and the ROOL team hope to encourage third party programmers to pick up bits of the source code of RISC OS, improve them and share the fruits of their labour with the rest of us. A side effect of this has been the free release of the standard RISC OS 5 applications among other components. So far, the 'shared source' project has received a measurable amount of attention from outside developers.
• Also, announced today was a new tool developed as part of the heady new era of cooperation between ROOL and RISCOS Ltd. EnsureScn will scan your applications and build up a grand list of all the modules your software requires. Punters are then expected to email this list to ROOL, who will study the data to work out which modules are popular among developers and what versions are being used by the community. It's hoped this will allow ROOL and ROL to focus on the development of popular components and also untangle the RISC OS version numbering scheme of core modules.
According to ROOL: "The reason for doing this scan is simply to gather information from a large cross-section of the community about which modules are required by applications. We aren't tracking what applications each user has or what modules each application requires."
RISC OS Open website
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