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Oregano 2 sweetens RiscPC, A7000+ sales

By Chris Williams. Published: 28th Apr 2003, 16:48:59 | Permalink | Printable

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In a bid to most likely boost sales of rebadged Acorn hardware, Castle Technology have today announced that they're shipping copies of their web browser Oregano 2 with all new Risc PCs and A7000+'s as well as the XScale powered Iyonix computer range.

It was just last month that Oregano 2 was officially launched to punters and Castle are keen to push their web browser further into the RISC OS market.

Oregano 2 is developed by Oregan Networks and the browser itself is "based on Oregan Networks' multiple platform 'TV Interactor' browser, already delivered for products like Sony's Playstation2", we're told by Castle. They also stress that as Oregan develops their TV Interactor software, updates will filter down to RISC OS end users.

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With their 32 bit Iyonix computers selling well enough (we don't actually have any real clue on exactly how well they're selling), Castle are probably searching for ways to push their stocks of 26 bit computers out through the door. And of course, are we going to hear of rival RISC OS web browser developer(s) complaining that Castle are now bundling their browser (and just their browser) with every machine they ship? Castle's strong position in terms of hardware and the bundled Oregano 2 can only draw the Suffolk based hardware company closer to being 'the next Acorn'.

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 is a RISC OS Userflibble on 28/4/03 5:03PM
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update on viewpoint, castle used to ship Oregano 1 with all their machiens previously, I see this more as an update to that stategy rather than a stock clearance ploy.

Confucius say 'Why everyone take the piss out of the way I speak English, like to see you try Chinese you cheeky muppet'

 is a RISC OS Userflibble on 28/4/03 5:09PM
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I'd love to see them rename themselves "Acorn" :) Or even brand a revision of the Iyonix as an Acorn. (Yes yes, I know there are lots of trademark/licensing problems :) -- Gavin Smith, Carrickfergus

 is a RISC OS UserSparkY on 28/4/03 5:11PM
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I'm pretty sure Castle licenced the Acorn brand (inc. the Nut logo) from e-14/Pace around the time Acorn broke up.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 28/4/03 6:30PM
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I've always assumed that they only had the rights to sell existing Acorn branded hardware. I do remember Castle saying that they were considering badging the Iyonix an Acorn before release so maybe I'm wrong. -- Gavin Smith, Carrickfergus

 is a RISC OS UserSparkY on 28/4/03 6:45PM
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Wasn't the Acorn logo on the first IyonixPC leaflets? -- Michael Stubbs, Leeds

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 28/4/03 7:33PM
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It was, but it was more of a logo alongside the Castle logo, than anything to do with the Iyonix. I wonder if anyone has any Acorn stickers? I'll need one when I finally get my Iyonix :) -- Gavin Smith

 is a RISC OS UserSparkY on 28/4/03 7:49PM
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Acorn nut device still belongs to HH. I asked castle a while ago and that is what they said... and HH says the same.

 is a RISC OS UserAndrewDuffell on 28/4/03 9:15PM
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HH who??

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 28/4/03 10:07PM
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you know, from the A team

 is a RISC OS Usernex on 28/4/03 10:11PM
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Oh, I think Duffell means Herman Hauser, one of the founders of Acorn.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 28/4/03 10:21PM
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What exactly does Herman Hauser do these days? He doesn't seem to have anything to do with RISC OS anymore.

 is a RISC OS Usertimephoenix on 29/4/03 9:56AM
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What rival web browser developers? You can't mean R-Comp?(!) I guess Castle might have discount fairly heavily to shift pre-Iyonix machines these days, I thought they had forgotten about them entirely, on the site there is still ''XMAS SPECIAL" and little pictures of holly on the Kinetic RiscPC page! I suppose they could just leave it another few months and they would have to bother changing it.

 is a RISC OS Userthegman on 29/4/03 10:02AM
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I only wish the Iyonix was Acorn branded. Still, they've thought it through no doubt.

 is a RISC OS UserA.W. on 29/4/03 2:13PM
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He may work here: [link]

 is a RISC OS UserHertzsprung on 29/4/03 3:05PM
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Herman is still doing startups in and around Cambridge. He provides a lot of venture capital for other tech. startups.

Besides, you could never bring back the feel of the Acorn days. Or what it was like to be part of it... *sigh*.

Happier days. :-(

 is a RISC OS Userheds on 29/4/03 7:32PM
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heds: there were lots of good things about the Acorn days, but things are not shaping up badly now. At least now there is a company dedicated to the market, whereas Acorn were spread a little thinly, perhaps. We have a new 32bit machine with a new version of RISC OS - no Phoebe-style disaster.

It ain't too bad :) -- Michael Stubbs, Leeds

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 29/4/03 9:53PM
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This is true. And hopefully we'll see the Omega before too long.

If nothing else, the major plus point about this will hopefully be: a) a few more users, b) a bit of friendly competitiveness to create the next gen. machine. :)

 is a RISC OS Userheds on 30/4/03 9:24AM
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Heds: Lack of competitiveness is what killed Acorn. If Acorn had've licensed their platform to other companies, RISC OS would have expanded much more than it did. It's great to see lots of companies competiting in the market now. :)

Hertzsprung: I couldn't help noticing that the year HH's company started was the year Acorn abandoned the computer market :)

 is a RISC OS Usertimephoenix on 30/4/03 9:30AM
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TP : Erm, we did. There was a lot of work done that was never publicised.

What killed Acorn was madness spawned by certain "revered" individuals who drove the company to their own designs and didn't actually think about the technical or commercial implications of those decisions. And I'm not talking about the man who finally broke it up and sold it off.

 is a RISC OS Userheds on 1/5/03 10:45AM
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There's a book entitled "The Rise and Fall of Acorn" just waiting to be written...

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 3/5/03 12:46PM
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Funny you should say that...

 is a RISC OS Userheds on 5/5/03 7:45PM
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