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On ARM reveals new 1GHz multi-core processor:

In reply to jmb:

Ah, fair enough. I hadn't realised there were two variants of the Cortex (M and A), so read the wrong one.

I do wonder how many instruction sets a single embedded processor needs :-)

 is a RISC OS UserPiers on 5/10/07 2:56PM
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On ARM reveals new 1GHz multi-core processor:

Um... Is it worth pointing out the Cortex has an different instruction set? There's no way RISC OS will run on it without significant changes - probably at least as large as the 32-bit project.

 is a RISC OS UserPiers on 5/10/07 2:24PM
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On Java and RISC OS:

I wouldn't nag them. It's not the most useful of apps, nowadays. We concentrated on browser applets, at the time, rather than command-line usage. Nowadays, Java is really the other way round.

And the language support is a bit lacking (1.0 doesn't support child classes, IIRC), and the libraries are rather dated, so I'm not sure how much use it would be for people wanting to learn Java.

But given Sun's Java is now GNU licensed, if Castle were willing to GNU license the Acorn Java code, it would be a sensible starting point for a new port. But I agree with others - the effort should be more usefully put elsewhere.

 is a RISC OS UserPiers on 27/09/07 10:33AM
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On Java and RISC OS:

Java 1.0.2 could be free for non-commercial use, from Sun's point of view. I'm pretty sure Castle own the rights now, so it would be their decision.

Anyway, you want SVG, not Silverlight :-)

 is a RISC OS UserPiers on 26/09/07 12:31AM
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On Java and RISC OS:

Hmm, Castle probably own the rights to the Acorn Java port (it was transferred to Pace, so I assume Castle got them).

Sun granted me a free non-commercial licence to their parts, when Acorn was dissolved, but I didn't have the time to finish the 1.2 port - to release it, you'd need to pass the JCK, which is a huge test suite.

It was decided not to release 1.0.2 free due to dealers still having Riscafe CDs in stock.

It'd be a huge job to get it up and running, but basing a port on the 1.2 AWT would make a lot of sense, if someone were mad enough to bother.

I'm not quite sure why it keeps getting compared to Flash - yes, in a browser environment, Java's irrelevant these days, but outside browsers, Java's more useful than Flash, IMO.

 is a RISC OS UserPiers on 25/09/07 00:17AM
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