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eQ offers French RISC OS support

By Chris Williams. Published: 4th Aug 2003, 17:16:59 | Permalink | Printable

Subscription schemes are all the rage these days

eQ France logoeQ France have today launched their ROS-fr subscription scheme which is hoped to fund eQ's work in getting RISC OS noticed in Europe and specifically French speaking countries.

eQ France tell us they are in the process of becoming a Castle Iyonix retailer and aiming to release a French territory for RISC OS 5 before the end of the year. They're also working on French translations for various applications and updating eQ's other software (including the eQ RDP client port). Remember, you'll need to subscribe to enjoy this work. If you don't speak French and retaking GCSE French isn't on your todo list, eQ invite you to subscribe and support RISC OS in Europe.

eQ France's website is sadly a little odd and confusing so if they are hoping to introduce new users to 32bit RISC OS, we hope eQ will have a more friendlier and logical website ready for when they start releasing their work.

In June this year, a4 announced details of work on a German territory for RISC OS 5. Seeing as RISC OS is still very much an international OS, it's welcoming to see organisations outside of the UK touting the platform.

"We tried to set up a low price for ROS-fr and hope that many people will support us. French-speaking countries are a big market and Euroland is even bigger", explained eQ's David Feugey.


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Yay, another thing to spend my money on for no benifit or gaurentee of product, I love RISC OS. </cynic>

 is a RISC OS Userflibble on 4/8/03 9:37PM
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Maybe eQ could develop a spell checker for you.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 4/8/03 9:54PM
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The RISC OS subscription services that I subscribe to both provide me with benefit and product; RISC OS Select and the Unix Porting Project.

What have you spent your money on that has returned neither of these?

 is a RISC OS Userjonix on 4/8/03 10:57PM
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My Omega deposit? ;)

 is a RISC OS Userdansguardian on 5/8/03 9:19AM
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> Maybe eQ could develop a spell checker for > you.

Yes for me too :) But anyway, that's a good idea.

> What have you spent your money on that > has returned neither of these?

Not sure to understand... If the idea is to say: I gave money for some generic projects (RISC OS Select and Unix Porting Project) and there is no point to give money for another one, I would say that you are perhaps wrong (and perhaps not).

Our idea is to say: let's go further in Euroland and French markets. We plan to revive various hardware (I2C card, sound card) and software (RDP client, IPP printing, our own collection of Unix ports, our graphical Waba stack, etc.) projects.

We plan also to adapt RISC OS for the french market: - It's useful... French market is big, very big... France is closed to UK but inside Euroland. - It's also needed: here you don't have the right to sell a product that is not localised in french (as you canno't sell a product in UK with only documentations in Japanese, for example).

And best of all, don't forget that to sell more IYONIX units means to see the price of this computer going down. That's a direct benefit for all people.

 is a RISC OS Userdfeugey on 5/8/03 9:29AM
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eQ France certainly have an unusual web site design. It's as user friendly as FTP through a web browser (which is a very good comparison of what their site is like). At least the French was simple - I could understand it. (BTW - I do know there is an English version, but I wanted to test my French) -- Smiler - :D Alex Melhuish

 is a RISC OS UserSmiler on 5/8/03 9:30AM
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That's not a "design". That's Q Rey Filer: a integrated application server to put data on Internet without html code (similar to iDisk)... He He, you can also help us by asking people to take a Filer account (as Q Rey Filer is finished and our main work is now ROS-fr).

 is a RISC OS Userdfeugey on 5/8/03 9:38AM
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Ah, and for people that wonder why... Do not say that you would not like to get an up to date version of our Waba stack :) Yes Waba is just a subset of Java and yes our version works only in full screen graphical mode... But it works!

 is a RISC OS Userdfeugey on 5/8/03 9:41AM
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I like the website, could do with shorter urls so you can see the filename you're selecting, and not make links to empty dirs (Applies to all websites, no point linking to a page that's got nothing on exect "Coming soon" etc)

Needs to be more precise about what you get for subscribing, why the stuff you get would be useful for you, etc. Having the information on 14 different websites isn't helpful.

 is a RISC OS Usermavhc on 5/8/03 10:09AM
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oh btw the link on 'subscribtion scheme' should be, [link] not [link] OS Products/English/2 _045 The ROS_045fr service.txt

 is a RISC OS Userflibble on 5/8/03 10:14AM
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hmm, that worked well, but at least your url parser knows what a real one looks like :)

 is a RISC OS Userflibble on 5/8/03 10:15AM
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Yep, urls are long (and it seems to be a problem with some ROS browsers) but there is no other way to mak a link as there is no underlying web page. A trick is to remove the lang and mode parameters from the link.

Of course the text file represent not all our offer: go up (with the up-dir icon) to the directory, and you'll find more information.

To be clear, there will not have any "coming soon" on our website (eQ France's one), but - yes - I could have been more precise... I'll correct this tomorrow.

 is a RISC OS Userdfeugey on 5/8/03 11:57AM
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> Applies to all websites, no point linking to a > page that's got nothing on exect "Coming > soon" etc

That's right... That's why we want to take over development, or just help finish these products. eQ Russia focuses on Sharp Zaurus PDAs (see cacko.biz), but not eQ France. All eQ* companies are very independant (we only share a name), but eQ France did pay to have GPL source for these products. And so...

 is a RISC OS Userdfeugey on 5/8/03 12:01PM
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Oups, tomorrow is today: I updated the descriptions...

Just need to take five minutes (that's why I love Filer).

 is a RISC OS Userdfeugey on 5/8/03 12:18PM
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"France is closed to the UK but inside Euroland"

In what way is France closed to the UK? I was under the impression that membership of the EU meant that we all have access to each others' markets, whether or not we use the Euro.

Of course, if you're saying that a computer will sell better in France if its software is in French, then I agree.


 is a RISC OS UserMartyn Fox on 5/8/03 12:32PM
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He meant that France is *close* to the UK. However, the Euro aspect of France's economy is important, as he stressed.

 is a RISC OS Userguestx on 5/8/03 1:51PM
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From a distance point of view... So it's easy to send things from UK to France. Postal fees counts for a lot in the price of a computer. So, yes, I wanted to say close :)

For Euro, there is two things to know... When you buy from Euroland to UK price can change at any time. There is also the Euroland problem: now banks often refuse to give to their clients the way to pay in another currency.

 is a RISC OS Userdfeugey on 5/8/03 1:57PM
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defaugey: the length of the url wasn't what I was getting at, it was that the link inside the href atribute of the a tag has spaces in it, which should be %20's. Most web browsers automatically urlencode the links, but some don't.

 is a RISC OS Userflibble on 5/8/03 2:44PM
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"So, yes, I wanted to say close"

Apologies for lack of understanding.

I'm sure your English is much better than my French!


 is a RISC OS UserMartyn Fox on 6/8/03 10:50AM
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