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I have to agree with mripley.

For me the realisation came a lot earlier, back when at Acorn World Acorn were showing Risc PCs running NetBSD as the future. At that time I wondered why they didn't port the RISC OS desktop to sit on top of NetBSD (a very similar strategy to what Apple ended up doing) on the basis RISC OS really internally is a complete mess, and simply not suited for modern systems. No programmer used to development environments on Windows/Mac/UNIX (even embedded ARM stuff) would tolerate the RISC OS setup for writing native apps - it's actually pretty dreadful. The filesystem, command interface, scripting, debugging, memory management, mode of multitasking, state of libraries etc. all conspire against you. Compare to the ARM based Gumstix, and I'd rather write for the Gumstix.

I would dearly love to see the RISC OS desktop on a unix style backend (and frankly Acorn should have done this by 1998, presumably the inertia in the lower end of the education market combined with emulation for existing RO apps was the killer), but projects like ROX already deviate too far from the initial design, and this is at least partly because modern expectations are different. Using a three button mouse is unusual, as people expect the wheel, and now with the move towards touch based UIs it makes it look like RISC OS style interaction is a bit of a relic.

Developing apps for RISC OS now is a nearly pointless endeavour, and any efforts would be better spent trying to recreate the UI on another platform, and running from there. The key problem is having the guts to admit that any app for your recreated desktop is going to have to require significant reengineering to integrate properly.

My work PC still makes me swear many times a day for not managing to do things my Archimedes could do in 1992.

 is a RISC OS Usernige on 21/3/08 4:43PM
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