Drobe :: The archives
About Drobe | Contact | RSS | Twitter | Tech docs | Downloads | BBC Micro

Confirm comment report request

I agree that you need to promote the platform to the niches (e.g. retrogamers) instead of the masses, but that's mainly because the things that RISC OS is good at is not really what the masses use computers for. For instance, vector graphics and DTP have always been pretty well served on RISC OS, but who really uses that (OK we all do because we're used to it, but most people would just put up with Word and MSPaint!) Then again, why buy an Iyonix to run Elite when you can use it via an emulator or even buy a native PC/console version (think there is even an OSS clone for Linux).

Most people use computers for the internet, we are just getting some decent browsers and have always had good Email clients, but that other crap like Flash, streaming audio and video aren't wonderfully supported.

You can't really attract the programmers as it's a very non-portable platform (less so with GCCSDK now) and these days if you don't have good Java or C# (shudder!) you won't get people's attention, Hell we don't even have a decent C++ IDE, most of RISC OS's best programming tools are for BASIC!

Some of the RISC OS problem is from people who used it at school, and assume we haven't moved on, it's a bit sad that the only people who ever recognise RISC OS are people whose last experience of it was RO2 A310's, or only ever used some single-tasking ported from the BBCB edutainment title which ran equally well on an RM Nimbus.

Educating people is the key. Most people don't know or don't care that there are alternatives to Windows, jees most people haven't even heard of Linux let alone RISC OS, or haven't heard of Firefox as a MSIE alternative.

Price is obviously important, you can get a bloody good PC for 300-400ukp or a Mac for 500ukp, or an OK-ish Iyonix/A9 for 700-1000ukp, and hey, people still don't buy Macs because of the price....

I dunno, I'm kinda out of ideas, and just think if we haven't hit anywhere near mainstream during the Acorn days, how are we going to do it now?

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 18/11/05 9:19AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

Click on the button below to confirm you wish to flag up this comment to the website's administrators. Abuse of this service will be frowned upon and it should only be used to notify us of comments that are extremely distasteful, indecent or otherwise unlawful. If you disagree with an opinion expressed or fact stated in a comment, please take part in the debate rather than expect it to be removed.

Return to the drobe.co.uk front page


Reporting user / IP: /
Comment GID: 17558
Timestamp: Thu, 17 Oct 2019 13:24:14 +0000

Search the archives

Today's featured article

  • Java and RISC OS
    Nick Brown explores the state of play and future options
     47 comments, latest by em2ac on 28/09/07 12:34AM. Published: 19 Sep 2007

  • Random article

  • New developer sought for website gallery app
    Coder John Williams said he will make his shareware Pic_Index software freely available if no one else is interested in taking over development within the next fortnight. He said: "If anyone is seriously interested in developing it further, please contact me. This would be subject to continuing to support the existing user base (including me) for an agreed period, and to actually having concrete ideas for further development." John said he hadn't worked on the BASIC program in years and its website domain was due to be renewed, which promoted this month's action.
     Discuss this. Published: 22 Mar 2009

  • Useful links

    News and media:

    Top developers:
    RISCOS LtdRISC OS OpenMW SoftwareR-CompAdvantage SixVirtualAcorn

    CJE MicrosAPDLCastlea4X-AmpleLiquid SiliconWebmonster


    RISCOS.org.ukRISCOS.orgRISCOS.infoFilebaseChris Why's Acorn/RISC OS collectionNetSurf

    Non-RISC OS:
    The RegisterThe InquirerApple InsiderBBC NewsSky NewsGoogle Newsxkcddiodesign

    © 1999-2009 The Drobe Team. Some rights reserved, click here for more information
    Powered by MiniDrobeCMS, based on J4U | Statistics
    "Perhaps drobe should just redirect people to riscos.org, so people get the real news"
    Page generated in 0.0927 seconds.