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2003: Five years on from Acorn

By Chris Williams. Published: 5th Feb 2003, 23:48:11 | Permalink | Printable

RISCOS Ltd. enters fifth year of business. And they have an RSS feed now too

RISCOS Ltd. logoAs announced on the news section of RISCOS Ltd., February of this year marks the start of the fifth business year of the company, formed in 1999 to continue developing the desktop flavour of RISC OS after the dismantling of Acorn Group.

"2002 was a quiet year on many fronts, and the uncertainty over the development of new computers meant that sales were for the most part very sluggish", the press release contemplates. "The launch of RISC OS 5 and the subsequent rejuvenation of software development from many publishers has however created a new enthusiasm for RISC OS."

Since 1999, the platform has seen RISC OS run on all manner of StrongARM and ARM7500FE processor configurations as well as the Intel XScale and let's not forget seen the OS grow from RISC OS 4.00 to RISC OS 4.02 to RISC OS Select (4.32) and onto a 32 bit flavour for the Castle Iyonix. To keep up to date on RISCOS Ltd. happenings there's also now a new RSS feed from the www.riscos.com website that provides a summary for most recent news items to be released from RISCOS Ltd. RSS summaries were recently discussed on drobe.co.uk, more information on the XML based format can be found here.

You can read RSS summaries using a piece of PC software called Feedreader whereas, we're told, a RISC OS client will be shortly released via RISC OS Select.


RISCOS Ltd. enters fifth year
RSS summaries of www.riscos.com
And finally, something from googlism.com that may make you giggle. Thanks to Thomas McIntosh for the link.

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"chris williams is actually forced to do some work" -googlism -- Simon Wilson, Boulder, Colorado

 is a RISC OS Userksattic on 6/2/03 12:06AM
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heh, I didn't spot that one when I did my name!

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 6/2/03 12:10AM
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The RSS client will also be available for non-Select users; it just won't be able to display the website images for the feeds.

The RSS client is looking quite nice now. Definately not as nice as Feedreader, but I'm getting somewhere. Whether that somewhere is anywhere useful isn't particularly important :-)

 is a RISC OS UserGerph on 6/2/03 12:17AM
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I'm just wondering how busy the rss feed will be. No judgement implied here but ROL don't make a whole lot of news. -- Spriteman.

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 6/2/03 9:22AM
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Tsk. Imagine an RSS client that alerts you when an RSS summary changes.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 6/2/03 12:01PM
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On the subject of RSS clients, I found Feedreader unusable on Windows NT 4. People who have a *nix system may like to look at "straw".

It's not perfect but it works well enough. (Better than Feedreader, but that's probably just me)

 is a RISC OS UserSiliconOwl on 6/2/03 12:19PM
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So does this mean we'e getting a new release of Select soon, or is the only thing ROL have dones since the last release, an RSS client? -- Paul Stewart, Bletchley, Milton Keynes

 is a RISC OS Usersa110 on 6/2/03 7:49PM
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5400 copies of RISC OS 4 sold. Have they sold 1000 copies of Select yet?

-- Steve Knutson

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 6/2/03 8:08PM
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sa: bit of a negitive view. announcing a version of the RSS client for Select users doesn't mean that's all they've done. sit tight.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 6/2/03 8:38PM
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Googlism Chris Williams: "chris williams is managing director of 'ambersun alpacas'..." I didn't realise you'd been breeding small llamas again Chris ;o). -- Andrew Hill,

 is a RISC OS Usermd0u80c9 on 6/2/03 11:44PM
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I'm not sure whether it copes with proper RSS feeds but for RDF ones (and BBC news) there's the option of Ticker by Darren Salt as well.

 is a RISC OS Userben on 7/2/03 11:39AM
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Oops, put the link in angled brackets and it disappeared... Ticker is at [link]

 is a RISC OS Userben on 7/2/03 11:40AM
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5th year!? I can hardly believe it's so long. I feel old now :-(

"...risc os is the operating system of choice in afghanistan..."


 is a RISC OS User[mentat] on 7/2/03 4:17PM
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Nevermind waiting for RiscOS's RSS client just use the excellent !RSS from Justin Fletcher.

 is a RISC OS UserWookie on 7/2/03 9:16PM
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