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On Multimedia-friendly 1GHz XScale launched:

I've just spent the last six months porting a Linux-based STB software stack onto this chip, and can confirm it's very nice indeed.

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 is a RISC OS Userjbyrne on 22/4/07 11:13AM
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On Intel to shed XScale chips:

I'm afraid you've got it the wrong way round - the HAL is the hardware dependent bit. It means that the parts above it can be more hardware independent. When you move to a new chip, you write a new HAL to deal with the specific hardware on that chip, but the core OS stays the same. Also, the HAL only covers a fairly low-level set of functions, there are other higher level modules (e.g. network drivers, video drivers) that are also dependent on specific hardware.

James

 is a RISC OS Userjbyrne on 6/5/06 9:19AM
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On ROL release C99 SCL to A9home users:

What amazes me is that people are prepared to spend days of time pointlessly reinventing a wheel, but are apparently unable to invest any time whatsoever in sorting out their differences to avoid such a thing being necessary.

 is a RISC OS Userjbyrne on 17/4/06 11:52PM
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On Castle rattles licensing sabre at 32bit RISC OS 4:

In reply to VirtualAcorn:

This really isn't an argument I want to get involved in, since it is a fantastic waste of everyone's time, but I have to take issue with Aaron Timbrell's comment that "Most of the rights to RISC OS had already been exclusively licenced/sold to third parties before Pace became involved".

I worked with Acorn on deals involving technology licensing for a number of years, and one thing they were always very careful about was protecting their IPR. They never exclusively licensed anything to anyone. While I can't claim to know the details of any particular deals, I think that the idea that any of the rights to RISC OS had been exclusively sold to any third party is unlikely in the extreme, and hence Pace would have acquired the all the fundamental IPR - subsequently sold to Castle.

Anyway, the people involved are all perfectly capable of coming to an agreement if they want to. To mix a metaphor, they can either bury the hatchet, or use it to cut their noses off to spite their faces.

 is a RISC OS Userjbyrne on 19/1/06 10:36AM
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