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The ARM Club disbands after 18 years

Published: 6th Dec 2008, 01:36:35 | Permalink | Printable

The ARM Club, which has organised shows and provided support and products to RISC OS users since 1990, has closed its doors and stopped publishing its Eureka magazine. Its committee members agreed to stop taking on new club members after membership figures went into free fall and no one was willing to help run the organisation. Archive has agreed to take on Eureka subscribers and their first issue, edition 21:11, is due to arrive in the post by Monday.

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What a pity but I must admit! The increase of members by negative numbers (sounds nicer than the decrease) is something I know from the German Archimedes Group I run and the GAG-News. But I plan to go on as long as there are members and readers (well, a two-digit number...)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 6/12/08 4:15PM
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A few corrections, seeing that I wasn't approached to comment.

We haven't closed our doors completely, I'm still here offering technical support and DiscKnight sales via The ARM Club website. Plus I'll still be at shows for a chat, although maybe not first thing in the morning!

Numbers haven't gone in to free fall, just the same steady rate erosion that's been going on for the past few years as people slip away to other platforms, and sadly, the hereafter in many cases.

Whilst our key helpers were willing to carry on, we felt we weren't able maintain Eureka magazine at an acceptable level of quality or timeliness, with article writers and indeed anything to write articles on, becoming more scarce. So we have handed over that side of the club to Archive, who still manage to produce an excellent magazine every issue.

As a result the club is now effectively free, and anyone who wants to be is a member now.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 8/12/08 9:21AM
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Sorry to here of the demise of The ARM Club and the Eureka magazine. I've always received helpful/useful answers for the few problems I have had but good to here you are still able to provide technical and DiscKnight support.

 is a RISC OS Usersocris on 9/12/08 5:36PM
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Sad to see Eureka go but in truth the market is probably not able to support more than one monthly (printed) mag. any more, if that. Thanks to Druck for his efforts in keeping it going, and his continuing support. However, I am heartened by the ongoing open-source OS developments in particular, and looking forward to RO 5.14.

 is a RISC OS Userbucksboy on 9/12/08 6:32PM
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