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On New RISC OS ownership claim may derail ROOL RiscPC ROM release:

I rarely contribute to such discussions but the imminent arrival of a working OS release from riscosopen coupled with an open source emulator is such an excellent development that I have to comment.

This argument is just the latest in years of FUD spreading which has held back the OS enormously. I don't believe that commercial RISC OS has ever really been viable since the demise of Acorn.

Anyone spending any money with companies opposing ROOL (even just £5) is potentially bankrolling an opposition to the only real future for the platform, i.e. one that is open source.

 is a RISC OS Userdanielhanlon on 10/12/08 3:25PM
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On ROS must open up to survive says Wild:

I agree absolutely. Currently my only real involvement in the RISC OS world is in reading drobe et al in the hope that something positive starts to happen to the platform-I stopped using real hardware years ago and since Windows is not an adequate OS for the sort of work I do, I am not even able to run an emulator. An Open Source RISC OS would lead to myriad possibilities for using the platform in new ways. I believe that there's a substantial number of untapped RISC OS programmers who aren't employed by any of the OS's licensees but who would happily contribute if they could. I admit that I'm ideologically drawn to the FOSS model but from a practical perspective the case has been proved again and again. As an grid computing software engineer the entire suite of software on which I and the entire community develop is open source and though I agree that not all projects succeed in the long term, consideration should be given to what happens when a project dies. In the closed source world when development stops or gets grindingly slow, that's it - finished. With open source software the source code is available for anyone else to give it a go, whenever they feel like it. This really works! The transformation from XFree86 to X.org is a recent example. (Okay, so XFree86 isn't actually dead but development was pathetically slow). If this is even a vague possibility, it is the best news I have heard regarding RISC OS for many many years.

 is a RISC OS Userdanielhanlon on 19/7/06 11:30PM
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On Wakefield 2005 show report:

Gulli & Julian: For switching keyboard layout I'm pretty sure there's a very quick way holding down a key combination (can't remember which) and typing the international dialing code of the country you want into the numerical keypad. I remember this from RISC OS 2 days but I'd be surprised if it's been removed.

 is a RISC OS Userdanielhanlon on 27/05/05 3:46PM
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