New graphics card discussion listBy Chris Williams. Published: 13th Nov 2002, 23:24:21 | Permalink | Printable
Viewfinder list gone for good. Oh, Windfall will be pleased.Dave Ruck of ARM Club fame has today posted news of the opening of a new smartgroups.com hosted mailing list with the topic of discussion being graphics cards in RISC OS machines. You might initially think that this would cover just the Viewfinder card but what with the Iyonix and Omega computers approaching release and boasting new graphics hardware and expansions card capabilities, drobe.co.uk guesses there's obviously lots for people to talk about and get all excited over. Right?
Well, actually there's another side to this story. Shortly after the Viewfinder card was released, an unmoderated mailing list for the card's users was created and was known as the Viewfinder list. As reported back in August this year, Windfall Engineering, the developer of the Viewfinder card, created its own moderated Windfall mailing list and for various reasons, demanded that the original Viewfinder list be shut down or else no more support would be provided for Viewfinder users. So, with the opening of this new graphics card list for free and general discussion, the old Viewfinder list has been closed, thereby allowing Viewfinder customers to once again get support from Windfall Engineering. Dave, you see, is a man with a plan.
"This to let people know that the ViewFinder mailing list which I created in June 2000 to offer help and support for users of the card, has now closed", Dave states in his announcement. "At the request of the 220+ former list members who wanted a forum to continue the free discussion of various topics, I have created a new mailing list for users of all machines featuring accelerated graphics cards, which will also include Castle's new Iyonix."
Dave is quick to stress that his new mailing list is nothing to do with Windfall Engineering and offers no form of official support or endorsement for the ViewFinder or any other products. Amusingly, we've been told by Dave that Windfall Engineering (in response to the new list being created) believe any discussion of their Viewfinder product on any discussion list, other than the official Windfall list, is unacceptable. That's priceless, isn't it?
Made up your mind? Not so fast grasshopper. Read Windfall Engineering's John Kortink's reply on comp.sys.acorn.announce regarding Dave Ruck's new mailing list. Every coin has two sides.
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