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What should be the platform's priority for 2009?

Published: 28th Dec 2008, 00:46:28 | Permalink | Printable

Give those in charge of this ship a direction to aim for in the new year.

What should be the platform's priority for 2009?
Port the OS to newer hardware Port the OS to newer hardwarePort the OS to newer hardware 45%
Focus on emulating RISC OS hardware Focus on emulating RISC OS hardwareFocus on emulating RISC OS hardware 7%
Get more applications released Get more applications releasedGet more applications released 4%
Get more users Get more usersGet more users 7%
Sort out this OS licensing mess and get a unified OS Sort out this OS licensing mess and get a unified OSSort out this OS licensing mess and get a unified OS 33%
Priority? I'll check the Highway Code... Priority? I'll check the Highway Code...Priority? I'll check the Highway Code... 5%
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Any suggestions for future polls are welcome, by the way.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 28/12/08 9:03PM
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Shame you can't vote in order. Mine would be: -

1) Sort our the OS licensing mess 2) Port the OS to newer hardware 3) At same time as point 2 look at getting more applications released

 is a RISC OS Usersa110 on 30/12/08 3:42PM
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True - as for the awards in such polls the option to vote in orders or simply spread, say 10 points to the different options would be nice.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 2/1/09 3:09PM
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Better raise the limit from harddrives from 128 Gb to 100 Terrabyte or even higher. Also raising the limit by using more ram then 256 Mb by placing rampodules into these slots. And recognising more cdromdrives by the OS. That would be a marvellous point of view in the near future, especially the harddrive limit of 128 Gb.

 is a RISC OS Userdatawave on 4/1/09 3:50PM
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I'd suggest unifying the OS, then looking towards emulation. Hardly anyone wants to pay huge amounts of cash for RISC OS - it's so behind in terms of modern operating systems and desktop environments that it's embarrassing.

Oh and sort out the crappy cooperative multitasking which makes the whole thing feel so much worse. Locking up the system for 10+ seconds to unzip a 5Mb archive really isn't acceptable these days in a desktop environment. I actually prefer using the command line to the desktop simply because I expect that to single-task and don't mind the wait - then again, I prefer to avoid using RISC OS for anything remotely significant anyway. It's simply a morbid curiosity thing, wanting to know how much the OS has progressed in 15 years and quite frankly it hasn't made much.

Basically I'd say that anyone wanting RISC OS on it's own PC hardware is as delusional as the idiots at Castle. Asking people to pay through the nose to pay for it is also just as laughable.

I suggest that anyone who's serious about developing for ARM based machines should just abandon RISC OS - it's a waste of your personal time and money. You're not martyrs and holding the candle for a system which no-one really gives a s*** about will only get you burned as so many have already learned - and there's plenty of money to be made from programming ARM p;processors elsewhere.

 is a RISC OS UserCalculon on 6/1/09 9:56AM
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Wow, Calculon, has RISC OS been sleeping with your wife or something? That was all rather vitriolic.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 8/1/09 10:02AM
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I voted for 'Port the OS to new hardware', but I'd rather it were 'Reimplemented for new hardware'. What most users love about RISC OS is its essence; the way it works and feels. I don't think anyone really likes its foundations though.

I think Castle's gone some way to doing this already, but let's throw away the underlying decrepit mess, keep (and maybe modernise a little) the UI, and give it a nice pre-emptive multitasking x86 base to work on. Basically, what Apple did to the Mac between OS9 and X (though I realise that was a little more convoluted). With application-level emulation, existing applications could still run whilst new more advanced applications could be written/ported from other platforms.

In the meantime, ROX is a nice approximation to RISC OS on Linux, but still not enough like it for me to use it. Mac OS X has proved an admirable alternative for me =)

 is a RISC OS UserSmiler on 8/1/09 3:09PM
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The problem with throwing away the decrepit old stuff is that you've then got a shiny new OS but no software for it, which makes getting people to use it almost as hard as it is to get them using the decrepit old mess.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 15/1/09 2:28PM
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I think the idea is to throw away how the OS does things, not so much what it does. The more essential applications will use the operating system at quite a high level, and only need a relatively small subset of the features of RISC OS to be implemented on the newer OS.

The kind of thing that relies on the more esoteric features will usually be smaller and best re-implemented using the new APIs, anyway. (e.g. USB device drivers, filesystems, etc.)

Which RO applications really keep people using the OS?

 is a RISC OS UserStoppers on 17/1/09 6:36PM
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So, I assume there's some voodoo dance I've got to do in order to be able to vote?

 is a RISC OS Userrjek on 8/1/09 11:37PM
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