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Olympia Linux Expo 2003

By Mark Stephens. Published: 8th Oct 2003, 19:49:37 | Permalink | Printable

Mark Stephens discovers RISC OS players aiming at a wider audience

If you go to the Linux Expo being held at Olympia on 8th and 9th October, you can see all the latest offering from IBM, Sun and HP as well as a host of smaller players. Everyone except Microsoft has some sort of presence there.

As you stroll around looking for the next big thing in IT, you may be curious to catch a glimpse of a familiar looking blue button on a PC box, although the text only command line does not really do justice to the Iyonix's graphics or speed. You might also notice some names and faces which remind you of the RISC OS world.

Indeed, there was a whole crowd of RISC OS faces. Simtec was showing off its ARM development boards and the Iyonix was there with Peter Naulls to show off Linux running on Castle's latest baby.

The word RISC OS may not have been highlighted but then this was not the appropriate time. However, it was great to see companies still active in the RISC OS market out there, drumming up business which can only be good for us in the long term.

Maybe drobe.co.uk should run a competition to see just what unexpected places Iyonix boxes and other ARM Linux solutions are turning up?

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C'mon Caslte. That Iyonix is a great machine. and by far the fastest way to run RISC OS.

To shrug off the potential threat of emulation, 32bit machines need to arrive at a decent price point to achieve a critical mass.

It'd be great to see RISC OS 5 liberated to run on other equipment. If it can be made to run on a SIMTEC board, it'd allow cheaper genuine RISC OS machines, while still preserving Iyonix as the flagship.

 is a RISC OS UserJessFranco on 8/10/03 10:50PM
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Well, I'm not entirely sure what your naive views about business realities regarding RISC OS are doing in a Linux article, but I suggest you read article 694. A RISC OS CATS board might give an Omega a run for its money, but are you going to fund its development? No? Didn't think so.

Microsoft was apparently at the show, at the "Great Linux Debate", although I didn't catch the highlights.

The Iyonix was indeed running X Windows later in the day and the next day, but Linux is unlikey to show off the speed of the machine with much faster PCs running the same stuff - but that's never going to be its advantage for Linux.

-- Peter, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 10/10/03 10:22AM
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I am sure if Castle thought that a lower price point would produce more profit overall, they would have cut the price....

 is a RISC OS Usermarkee174 on 10/10/03 11:24AM
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You've missed out that SCO wasn't there either. M$ was there as Peter has said (they came over and had a look at Scribus as well - mind you, I was concentrating more on that top heavy lass from Rackspace!)

 is a RISC OS UserNodoid on 25/11/03 8:32PM
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