The weekend's RISC OS event has been and gone and we've got the rest of our lives to look forward to. Here's a round-up of extra news and Drobe's show-related coverage and some photos taken from Wakefield 2009 - plus a video from the show floor.
* RISCOS Open was selling copies of RISC OS 5.14 on CD so that it can be softloaded by Iyonix users. The OS was previously available as a beta Flash ROM image without a softloader. This official 5.14 build merges Castle's final 5.13 release, which includes USB 2 support, and all the changes made to the OS by the ROOL effort - and will be made available for free download from the ROOL website within the next few days. An experimental 5.15 build was also on the CD for people to play test and should also be made available online shortly - as well as the ability to buy a copy of the Acorn C/C++ compiler tools from the ROOL website. An explanation of the RISC OS 5 version numbers is here and a changelog for 5.14 is here.
* A new graphics card for RISC OS 6-powered computers, the Vpod, is unveiled.
* ArtWorks 2.9 goes on sale.
* R-Comp updates its back-up utility SafeStore and database package DataPower and launches a new family history program. SafeStore was, apparently, a show sell-out.
* Steve Potts and Steve Fryatt announced new versions of a VNC server front-end and CashBook, respectively.
* More pre-show news.
* Martin Hansen's write-up of the show.
* R-Comp and MW Software were not the last to set up for the event at 10.20pm on the Friday before the show - Archive editor Jim Nagel reportedly turned up in the early hours to install his stand before heading straight to bed.
* In fact, many of the exhibitors were running off just a few hours of sleep. ROL's Paul Middleton struggled a bit in his RISC OS Select presentation due to lack of sleep, it seems, but did mention file searching would be vastly improved for the next version of ROL's OS.
* Exhibitors that made it to the aftershow party included Drobe man Martin Hansen, Keith Dunlop (of RISC OS Connect), Martin Wuerthner, Jim Nagel, the RISC OS Open team and Paul Middleton from RISCOS Ltd. Our mole couldn't quite catch what was being quietly discussed between Paul and the ROOL lads apart from resolving compatibility issues between ROOL's RISC OS 5 and ROL's RISC OS 6.
* ROOL had Beagleboards on show running RISC OS 5 and an A7000 also running RISC OS 5 - which could mean we're close to a RiscPC-compatible build of RISC OS 5 being made freely available. The ROM image doesn't work with RPCEmu, though.
* AdvantageSix hasn't given up on producing RISC OS 6 for the A9home, which would give users of the little blue machine an OS that isn't in perpetual beta, despite the distraction of commissioning the Vpod from partners Simtec. We'll have to just watch this space.
* The NetSurf team took nearly 500 quid in donations, bringing its total kitty over 700 after deducting expenses and other costs. Speaking of pennies, Drobe man Paul Stewart had to fork out 170 quid in extra bandwidth costs when people flocked to his website to download his Puppy Linux with RPCEmu Live CD .iso and crashed through his 50GB-per-month quota.
The Museum of Computing History exhibited at the show and has published its own short review of the event plus uploaded a video from the hall. And yes, that is Martin Hansen speaking to camera right at the start - he's a multimedia hack, that one.
Many thanks to John-Mark Bell for the images. Click on a thumbnail for a larger version.
The NetSurf stand with Vincent Sanders (who maintains the Debian package of the browser) and developer Daniel Silverstone Some interesting ARM Linux device to run the GTK port of NetSurf Some of the vast array of Beeb kit set up for the show The RISCOS Ltd stand See, the Vpod does exist and it was the Drobe wot broke the news of it being a new graphics card The Museum of Computing History stand ROOL's official RISC OS 5.14 release, running on an Iyonix Spot the Vpod inside the RiscPC
Wish I could have made it as it looks like it was a very good one, but in the middle of a major upheaval at the moment. Hope to see everyone at SE (if there is one) or Birmingham (the MUGs wont let us down, I'm sure).
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