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I have to say Xandros on my eeepc is the first OS which has simply worked since I bought my RPC ten years ago. As a result I am super cautious about mucking it up.

As is probably obvious I'm a total non-techie (yes there's still one non-coder RISC OS user left), so if you want to avoid my naive ramblings please skip this post.

diotest mentioned the possibility of RPCEm being packaged with a distro. Now my experience of installing Linux is that it is never as simple as it is made out to be. However I have heard about Linux distros that boot direct from a USB key. I'm told that these automatically recognise most standard hardware and boot with the added bonus of having your favorite apps preinstalled. A recent OS news article ([link]) implied that Ubuntu has made this easier.

OK you can guess where this is going - now smash my naive schemes: Why could someone with the knowhow not create such an install, with the relevant libraries etc. designed to boot into an emulated RISC OS environment and then make it available for others to download to their USB discs?

Converting a computer to a RPC would then be as simple as booting from a USB.

It'd be great for showing off RISC OS too - try before you buy.

I understand that it would have to be distributed sans-ROMs but I don't see why that should be too much of a problem.

I'm sure there are many other problems, but I thought I'd share this as an idea. It's worth a shot in the dark.

 is a RISC OS Userwrankin42 on 18/11/08 7:00PM
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