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On Five tips for ROL over the next five years:

sa110>"You are forgetting that ROL itself is not about putting their branch onto other hardware"

That's them limiting themselves. Acorn isn't around to say "Ahem you're not suppose to do that".

I feel (sadly) that as ROL never had (and I suspect never will) have any in house hardware development skillset and that therefore they won't be in a position to port to new hardware anytime soon.

That leaves *emulation*, which is probably the "path of least resistance" that ROL would follow - and continued support for "fossilware" (i.e., RISC PC)

The contrast with RO5 is an interesting one - you could argue that given that Pace (and then later CTL) because they developed hardware better understood the needs of the OS/Hardware and ultimately produced code that was *easier* to port to new hardware (the BeagleBoard port being an effective proof of this).

I suspect ROL will cater for a proportion of RISC OS users - but will not make meaningful inroads onto new hardware or onto new platforms.

If they wished to do this they'd need to think radically - perhaps even licensing parts (or all) of RO5 from Castle on a commercial basis and modifying RO6/Select to work with it. Or alternatively opening their OS so that similar developments to what is happening on the ROOL branch would occur... the problem is that that would deprive ROL of some income and would represent a risk.

ROL have had some success - but to expand from where they are would require different thinking and possibly doing what for them in the past would appear unthinkable (mind you they did this once before when they embraced Windows and Emulation - so perhaps they make an equivalent leap again - who knows).

 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 16/5/09 10:33AM
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On First screenshot: Beagleboard runs RISC OS 5 desktop:

Very good work (I am surprised at how quickly this has progressed), well done Jeffrey

 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 12/5/09 11:44PM
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On Is there a way out of RISC OS version number hell?:

Posting what appatently is libellous material about people is I would say a "cheap and meaningless shot".

I've read what Imj has had to say.

It suggests no solutions.

It does not provide enough information to tackle the problems in RISC OS (and I freely admit there are some problems and they *do* need to be addressed).

It seems to spew out bile against anyone trying to fix the platform (both ROL and ROOL got a clubbing if I recall correctly).

I am not sure what its purpose is but it doesn't look helpful to me.

Now I've not discounted *anything* Imj has said only pointed out that it isn't constructive.

 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 4/5/09 11:24AM
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On Is there a way out of RISC OS version number hell?:

The OS choices you make are up to you of course.

The thing I find interesting is that you single RISC OS out for a beating round the head every time particularly when a bit of good news occurs - but why? What does this acchieve?

You provide critism - but not in enough detail to allow anyone to address it - nor suggested solutions that (if practical) might improve things - even to a level where *you* might be happy enough to return to using RISC OS (or at least not constantly faulting it).

Critism comes in two flavours - constructive and destructive. It sadly appears yours is of the latter category. The very fact you posted something that may well have been *libellous* in a *short* single damning sentence shows that.

How can damaging the reputations of people who are developing the OS advance anything? How can that possibly address your complaint about RISC OS having a "dire lack of worthwhile updates". You can see that if you drive away developers your complaint will become difficult if not impossible to address?

But then maybe your point is not about fixing RISC OS as much as killing it.

Only you can answer that one.

 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 4/5/09 10:49AM
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On Is there a way out of RISC OS version number hell?:

imj>For an OS that you have described (to use your *own* words) as "irrelevant" you sure have a lot to say about it don't you!

Sort of raises questions as to how well disposed (or otherwise) you are towards RISC OS (and either ROL or ROOL) and exactly how helpful one could consider *any* of your comments - let alone the alledgely libellous ones.

I always find it interesting when someone rarely posts except when there's good news and then to make a negative contribution as *you* consistently seem to do.

So what's your favourate OS then imj since RISC OS obviously isn't?

 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 3/5/09 12:10PM
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