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On RISC OS vs. AmigaOS:

Computing with RISC OS is fun and enjoyable. There's still reason to use it and it's still amazing how many problems are solved - decent printer driver, 32bit compatibility, etc. While any platform is fun and enjoyable to use it never dies, even if it lags in areas. Good luck Amiga.

 is a RISC OS UserJessFranco on 04/05/04 8:12PM
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On Adjust in hands of users:

Yeah, WindowsXP is the most horrible bloatware going. It seems a weird move to migrate to Gate's OS when Linux on the desktop is almost joe bloggs friendly, if it isn't already.

I'm actually amazed at the speed with which Linux is being adopted on the desktop in private and public sector organisations all over the world.

 is a RISC OS UserJessFranco on 27/04/04 11:02PM
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On RiscPC production cease rumoured:

No, not the phoebe case. The Iyonix should be a bright green box in whatever Pantone was used for the old Acorn logo. In fact, it should be called the Acorn Iyonix. Wharever anyone says, Acorn is a classic evocative brand and it's sad that it's not possible to buy a new, Acorn-branded computer anymore. 'RISC OS' sounds a bland and workmanlike name for a platform in comparison.

 is a RISC OS UserJessFranco on 09/11/03 09:15AM
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On VirtualRiscPC network upgrade pulled:

I'm sure there's enough Iyonixes and VRPCs out there for drobe to run a comprehensive benchmarking feature sometime soon including all the popular configurations. It'd be a darned good feature! Then people can know what would suit them best - sticking with/upgrading their RPC, going 32-bit Iyonix, going VRPC or whatever.

 is a RISC OS UserJessFranco on 01/11/03 8:09PM
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On VirtualRiscPC network upgrade pulled:

I wouldn't be at all surprised if the Iyonix got beat by fast PCs. I'm sure the VRPC crowd armed with the latest and greatest PC hardware do not need to massage everthing Apple style-ee to get good results. After all, the latest PC CPUS have stupid amounts of power and RISC OS is a low-overhead OS. That's why my SARPC is often more responsive in the GUI dept. than my G4 800mhz, although obviously the latter can do 101 things the RPC simply can't.

At the SE Show, Impression on VirtualAcorn's big Athlon was certainly flying, although I found for ArtWorks redraws the Iyonix was performing better. Either way, they both seemed to be running RISC OS very fast, which won't be lost on anyone who witnesses either. Of course, one costs 1249, the other costs 150 if you already have a fast PC, or a few hundred more if you don't. Of course, you have to boot the PC and run Windows before you run RISC OS, so it's not as if RISC OS has suddenly become an alternative OS for Intel.

I thought 'advertising' in comments was not allowed anyway?

 is a RISC OS UserJessFranco on 01/11/03 4:10PM
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On VirtualRiscPC network upgrade pulled:

Yeah! So much for all the 'British built and proud' Acorn mentalitity. Now they get the same cheap m/b cobbled together by 80hour weekers in korea as everyone else.

 is a RISC OS UserJessFranco on 01/11/03 08:30AM
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On Iyonix DVD video playback is here:

Region enforcement is evil, though. You can't even get The Baby on region 2.

 is a RISC OS UserJessFranco on 17/10/03 4:34PM
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On AdvantageSix launches new VirtualRPC based PC :

AS PCs are dirt cheap now. If you just want a general purpose PC, you can make a pretty good one for 200, less if you have a donor machine to cannibalise.

If you want top-notch RISC OS performance, there's nothing to choose apart from the Iyonix. If you can take the asking price, it's a great computer. Everyone should have one.

 is a RISC OS UserJessFranco on 13/10/03 4:04PM
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On R-Comp offers RISC OS emulation solution:

That's rubbish. Apple were instrumental in PPC. They had actual paid-for employees at an ARM-style chip development team, IIRC, called the Somerset Design Team, which was joint IBM, Apple and Motorola. This continued until the PPC alliance essentially broke up, with IBM concentrating on embedded G3s and their Power server chips and Motorola on embedded G4s. The finally provides a desktop-suitable gap in the middle of it all.

 is a RISC OS UserJessFranco on 13/10/03 11:45AM
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On AdvantageSix launches new VirtualRPC based PC :

How hardware independent is RISC OS 5 now? Any coders here in a position to judge? Is RISC OS 5 on NetBook merely a matter of a new HAL, and how much work is a new HAL anyway?

RISC OS on NetBook could be a strong seller, even as an 'alternative OS' choice for NetBook owners that habe never used RISC OS before. Heck, I'm sure it would shift a lot of copies merely as a curiosity punt.

As I've said on other threads, Castle need additional ways of exploiting their RISC OS 5 efforts.

 is a RISC OS UserJessFranco on 12/10/03 4:19PM
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On R-Comp offers RISC OS emulation solution:

No, Apple committing to the project DID in large part get the G5 developed. Without a commitment of a large Apple order IBM would never have had any reason to add things like AltiVec support.

By the way, I'm no Apple fan. I have an 800mhz G4 that I only bought to 'go OS X' and found that the GUI performance in Jaguar is so sluggish it feels like using a 7000 series sometimes. My built-for-next-to-nothing Duron 1.1ghz with Windows 98 leaves in in the dust for GUI, although the G4 beats it for just about any big process in Photoshop. I really with I'd stuck with my beige G3 - the G4 is probably my only near-pointless computer purchase.

As the G4 runs speedily enough under Linux and OS 9, it can only be down to the huge overhead of Quartz. I'm sure the sluggishness of Quartz still has an effect on much faster G4s/G5s.

 is a RISC OS UserJessFranco on 12/10/03 4:09PM
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