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Let get this clear, when we talk about porting RISC OS 5 we are talking about taking the entire OS accros from the HAL upwards, reimplementing device specific drivers and running in 32bit mode, as would ne necessary for running on any new hardware. This is completely, entirely and utterly a waste of effort for legacy machines such as the Risc PC.

However the "One OS to bind them all" advocates dont seem to realise this is not what they are really asking for. What they want is common API on all supported platforms, and this DOES NOT need an entire operating system to be ported - RISC OS is designed modularly to allow functionality to be added to the OS which is already designed to run on that hardware.

For example take the RISC OS 5 unicode font manager API, once that appears in the ROOL CVS system, it can be compiled and running on a Risc PC in a matter of minutes, and then all applications have API compatibility. There is no need to spend years re-writing drivers and breaking all 26bit software on the RPC to get the rest of RO5 on first.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 26/01/07 12:21AM
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