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On RISC OS-on-Linux project prepares live CD:

so is this a WINE kind of thing (run risc os apps on linux) or some sort of "use a linux kernel to boot risc os" vmware-esx kind of thing?

the "look and feel" name suggests its more like ROX (risc os theme for xwindows) and then QEMU is thrown in (allows non-x86 emulation) to totally confuse me!

should be an interesting project, especially as varpc isn't going to happen on linux.

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 9/9/07 10:59PM
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On Top apps in first ROS 5 source release:

Quick, download the source before they change their minds! ;-)

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 19/5/07 1:49PM
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On Apple Mac VirtualRiscPC beta on sale:

Argh, just as I'd decided not to buy a PowerBook as they don't dual boot Linux very well, along comes a Mac VARPC! Back to the decision-making process for me.....

I wonder if it will work on my regular PC that runs MacOSX under VMWare, or hopefully a Linux version will come along soon (hehe, maybe even for the PPC-based PS3 that runs Linux).

I can't believe VA even wasted their time working on a PPC version. Pretty much all Mac users I know have already ditched their G4's (dunno anyone with a G5, they're all laptop people). I'd have thought the MacIntel version would be an easy enough rebuild, but porting to PPC, wow!

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 19/5/07 1:45PM
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On File sharing Bit Torrent client ported to RISC OS:

are there going to be enough people wanting the risc os source to make p2p distribution worthwhile? leeching of a couple of guy's 256k upload adsl is going to be a bit painful compared to a nice 100mbit pipe from an ftp server.

bittorrent is seen as being automagically much faster than web/ftp by too many people, p2p is only as useful as the popularity of the files and the upload speed of the seeders.

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 30/3/07 12:54PM
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On VirtualRPC for Mac OS X delayed:

I call bulls*** on that entire 2nd paragraph hEgelia!

Now I wonder if I can run this under my MacOSX VMware instance on my Linux box.....

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 11/3/07 6:06PM
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On ROS powered 'weapon of mass distraction' unveiled:

davehigton - sorry about the name, typing too quickly.

yes the usb/rs232 cable is the AUM100 with FTDI chipset, they work a treat for lom/console access on sun/cisco kit, not tried them on modems.

dmesg from fedora 5 (6 works too) gives:

usb 4-2: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 5 usb 4-2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice ftdi_sio 4-2:1.0: FTDI USB Serial Device converter detected drivers/usb/serial/ftdi_sio.c: Detected FT232BM usb 4-2: FTDI USB Serial Device converter now attached to ttyUSB0

i wonder if these would work on the iyonix/a9 - or do they still have serial ports?

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 24/2/07 12:17AM
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On ROS powered 'weapon of mass distraction' unveiled:

davehighton: yeah after a quick Google I found a C implementation and a Python one, and people have mounted webcams with motion-detection as well, jees you can never beat these FOSS guys to the punch!

Got one ordered from netpcdirect.co.uk (as they stock Xbox USB cables too) and you can get them from scan.co.uk and play.com amongst others for around 25ukp, M&S don't seem to stock them anymore.

Just looked and you can get them from directusbstore.co.uk - bloody good dealers they are, and they have a lovely USB->RS232 cable that works with Linux.

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 23/2/07 9:20PM
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On ROS powered 'weapon of mass distraction' unveiled:

is there an api for this, or did you reverse engineer the commands or something, if so is there source?

i was thinking of writing a linux driver/web frontend and strap a webcam/laser pointer onto it to annoy my cats (and film them!)

do you think the device would cope with any additional weight - i.e. remove the missile bit and add a philips webcam?

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 23/2/07 1:51PM
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On How to port RISC OS 5 to the RiscPC:

JWCR - whilst I agree RISC OS hardware is too expensive, a cheap product won't happen, or even help. Look at the A3010 - it was as cheap as an Amiga/Atari, cheaper than a PC, had the marketing of the BBC/C4/Acorn to help, was still used in schools, and it was faster than most Archimedes, it still didn't have any success.

As long as you can get a MacMini for 400ukp including VAT, which could also run Linux and Windows (and therefore VirtualRiscPC too) I really can't see [m]any non-enthusiasts buying an A9home for 500+VAT even if it could run RO5/6

An Iyonix2 would have to be considerably more powerful (i.e. at least break the GHz barrier, include AGP8x - although even that's dying technology now....) to be taken seriously by most too, especially since Marvell of all people own XScale - at least with an Intel badge it had some PR weight.

Moving away from the desktop (to tablet or sub-notebook) and more into STB/phones seems to be the best way for RISC OS (if we must stick to ARM) to go.

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 01/02/07 12:31AM
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On Castle and ROS Open reveal plans for 2007:

adamr, i don't see the point of the 64-bit argument there. if you port to x86 you effectively port to x86-64 (aka amd64).

we've only got 31 years until we *have* to move to 64-bit, and seeing how after 17 years we're only partially 32-bitted.....

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 21/1/07 11:15AM
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On RISC OS Open licence in hands of lawyers:

In reply to bluenose, I don't want RISC OS for free , I want a free RISC OS, there's a difference (beer vs. speech).

I would buy a MacMini to put Linux on because I want Apple-quality hardware that's small and cheap, I had considered getting an A9 and putting Debian ARM on it too, as it beats the Mini on size, but not price or power, the same goes for a Shuttle.

The bottom line is that there may be nothing wrong with the OS, be that RISC OS or MacOSX (although I'm no longer particularly impressed with either) but if I can't do with it what I want, then what's the point? I'd prefer the hardware and a truly open OS, not half-open like Darwin/ROOL.

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 14/1/07 2:02PM
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On RISC OS Open licence in hands of lawyers:

Seems like a lovely license for Castle, essentially they're getting free developers if any work done becomes their IP.

I can't see this flying with the FOSS brigade or Castle's commercial customers, so the only developers are going to be existing RO users.

No wonder they're considering an Iyonix followup, they can concentrate on the hardware and let the users write the HAL bits.

I'd be tempted by an A9 with a GPL'd Select4, but in the meantime I'll buy a 399ukp MacMini and put Linux on it thanks.

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 14/1/07 12:40PM
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On ROL calls for Select coders and testers:

Contribute to RISC OS? OK then, you opensource it, merge with Castle/RISCOSOpen and we'll fire up !Zap

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 12/11/06 7:31PM
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On RISC OS Open needs your help:

I'm not sure what made RISC OS great anymore, a few killer apps from ComputerConcepts (now surpassed by Scribus, Xara etc.) but mostly the WIMP I guess, certainly not the stability of the OS or ease of programming desktop apps.....

I dunno, I can't see much of a future for RISC OS on ARM hardware, or maybe even RISC OS as we know it (kernel, WindowManager etc). Maybe porting to x86 may save it - VRPCSE has been popular I guess, but native would be nicer than emulation.

Perhaps just doing a ROX kind of thing and porting the Desktop to Linux may be a way to go, imagine the RISC OS desktop running on a stable OS - multitasking, memory protection, being able to use whatever peripherals you like, a huge library of applications available for free, current hardware..... ROX never seemed to catch on though.

Thing is, if you make a Linux desktop or Windows emulator, you're just going to convert people to Linux/Windows in the long term, and they fire up ROX/VRPCSE less and less.

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 6/10/06 12:15AM
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On RISC OS 5 source code release revealed:

Does anyone else think that Castle "opensourcing" essentially just the ROM apps (!Paint, !Draw etc.) is just their way to get the RO5 apps up to the spec of Select's apps, without paying for their development, and at the same time stopping ROL from benefitting either?

It's not as if their going to release the real meat of RISC OS (kernel, WIMP etc.) so that you could effectively compile your own RISC OS.

As for the Qt (not KDE) dual-licensing, it has for years been a bad bit of P.R. for Trolltech, until they finally gave in and released a GPL version of Qt4 for Windows last year, although it's still a bit cut-down (no XP styles, doesn't compile under VisualStudio etc.)

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 01/10/06 10:49AM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

don't talk about tom cruise, he's likely to sue you (or have you shot by talking space dogs)

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 22/9/06 8:21AM
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On ROS fan loses Acorn domain in dispute:

seems this new fake "acorn computers" company really are a nasty bunch.

the domain industry is run by a load of useless parties, icann being the worst bunch of idiots of the lot, giving in to whomever comes up with the most money.

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 7/9/06 12:13PM
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On Castle considering open sourcing RISC OS:

I think open-sourcing RISC OS and possibly a "pence" license fee would tempt me back to the fold, assuming that the VirtualRPC-SE or or -SA prices would plummit when you take the RO4 fee out - although aren't they ROL licenses, not Castle - or is that just the Adjust versions? Mind you, there's still not a Linux version is there?

Not sure how Castle opening RO5 would affect ROL's Select/Adjust, being based on RO4. I would expect the first thing after going open would be someone would develop RO5 HAL's for the A9/RPC/VA and completely kill Select/Adjust.

I wonder if a GPL or BSD license would be favoured, or some made-up thing so Castle could maintain control.

Hey we could even see Xara Xtreme ported back to RISC OS!

That said, with a lack of new hardware (A9 is nothing wonderfully new, and Castle has no XScales after their current stock) even an open OS couldn't last much longer via emulation, I wonder if anyone would have enough interest to port an open RISC OS to x86?

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 15/8/06 12:27PM
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On Euro 2006 show report:

i love the way that now everyone is moving away from filers that look like web browsers towards the "spatial" look that riscos has had for years, that rol is going the opposite way - and judging by the icons, using oregano to do it!

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 24/6/06 10:47AM
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On RiscPC prototype kit in auction:

how did all the ex-acorn kit we keep seeing in these "ebay actions" (sic) get to ex-employees houses then - mass looting when they got sold off (the first time) or were employees just allowed to take any kit home - in which case it's no wonder they couldn't turn a profit.

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 30/5/06 9:35AM
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On Microdigital boss turns makeover gardener:

maybe opening all the specs for the omega would be a nice gesture, so that someone could maybe take up the development needed to fix the mess.

the picture does look like he's breaking rocks with the road gang ;)

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 22/5/06 12:50PM
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On Mystery image app to demo at Wakefield:

"Imagemajik isfree but is intended for cpomercial apps. "

what kind of BS is that?!

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 12/5/06 9:11AM
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On Mystery image app to demo at Wakefield:

hmm, what free products can we make a wrapper for and sell?

how about the gimp?

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 11/5/06 2:46PM
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On VirtualAcorn expand emulator range:

redsquirrel has had SA support for years, the arm7500 emulation always used to run faster and supported the fpa2 module (and allow you to use 4mb vram) of course if you need sa instructions....

i remember there was some reason vrpc-se used arm700 emulation instead, just can't think what it was, something to do with the mouse i think.

shame there's no linux version and we still have the copy-protection! how long for the torrent i wonder....

hehe, i wonder if vrpc-sa will have select4 support before the iyonix ;)

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 11/5/06 11:08AM
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On RiscPC emulator for Linux lands:

can you seriously see a future for riscos on native hardware?

we have a ro4 machine that runs an arm9 (or will do when it's released) or a ro5 machine that runs an xscale.

i can't really see this catching up with today's technology of multi-core 3ghz+ processors.

making the os and software available on popular oses like win/mac/linux would surely spur purchasing of software more than a 1000ukp arm box would?

i know i'd use a few riscos apps if i could run a decent speed emulator under linux, especially for free (i rarely use windows, so varpc is not really an option) just like i use snes9x to run old games, that i would never buy a super nintendo to run!

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 28/3/06 12:39PM
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On RiscPC emulator for Linux lands:

Speeds aren't bad for a first release, I remember JIT RedSquirrel was only getting above 30mips well into the development cycle with 1.6GHz machines.

Of course with 2.5GHz it was getting SA speeds of around 130mips, and also RO4 seemed to run a fair bit faster than 3.7, graphics card was very important, and for some reason the Pentium-M's ran much better than AthlonXP's, well Intel seemed better than AMD in general....

How is VirtualRPC doing these days as far as MIPS? Although I'm not sure that's the best benchmark.

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 28/3/06 8:58AM
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On StrongARM card turns ten years old:

"I still maintain I'd be perfectly happy using a system based on the chip for day to day work if disc and memory accesses were speeded up" isn't that what the omega is for?

if you can get one, and get it to work of course.....

still makes me chuckle when i see a cellphone with a strongarm, or a raid card with 4 xscales.

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 27/3/06 1:24PM
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On RiscPC emulator ported to Linux:

gotta agree with drjones, i'd really love impression on my linux boxes (never used ovpro+) i really don't like scribus, and i'd prefer a port to an emulator.

does anyone know if xara is actually doing this free xaralx project, or if it was a load of bull, last time i looked they hadn't even updated the 2nd alpha, which was essentially little more than !awviewer. inkscape is crap imho, but better than draw. i really liked xarax on windows, it killed illustrator for ease of use.

techwriter, well i prefer it to word, but i've never really used it technically, i used to use the publisher+, tablemate, equasor (sp?) combo. oowriter is plenty for me for invoices, cv's etc.

photodesk - hmm, i'm getting into the gimp, and find it easier than photoshop, photodesk was always a bit limited for me, simple dropshadows seemed to require too many steps.

as far as stronged goes, you have to be kidding, linux is *the* text editor platform, kate, xemacs or nedit totally p*** all over stronged - i always preferred zap anyway ;-)

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 15/3/06 11:49AM
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On Omega USB project contemplated:

This sounds pretty cool and I wish Ian luck, but there can't be that many Omega users out there surely?

Aren't people starting to get a little itchy to leave a platform where every new piece of software (inlcuding the OS!) has to have a promise-to-pay attached to it? This is getting beyond being a niche market to being a dead market.

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 28/2/06 12:03PM
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On RISC OS fan in legal hot water over spoof website:

So in fear of losing those subsidised PC's from Microsoft, the government shuts down anyone who protests their monopoly, instead of investigating it.

I left the USA because I was fed up of the corporate-sponsored government (oil, RIAA, MPAA...) glad I'm moving to France now, at least there we have some free speech and copyright means squat ;)

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 15/2/06 9:17AM
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On RISCOS.org joins pixel ad bandwagon:

ah but is paul going to hide a message for the aliens in each pixel using steg?

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 19/1/06 9:49AM
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On Web gallery apps compared:

[link] let your webserver do the work.

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 10/1/06 8:03AM
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On Could A9 be a digital oasis in a desert of PCs and Macs?:

Is there a Linux effort for the A9 yet? I imagine it would outperform an SA-RiscPC which has Linux ports, and it would make a nice thin client or even low-power webserver, it's way smaller than a 19" 1U box.

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 22/11/05 10:00PM
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On RISC OS Christmas roadshow details finalised:

I agree that you need to promote the platform to the niches (e.g. retrogamers) instead of the masses, but that's mainly because the things that RISC OS is good at is not really what the masses use computers for. For instance, vector graphics and DTP have always been pretty well served on RISC OS, but who really uses that (OK we all do because we're used to it, but most people would just put up with Word and MSPaint!) Then again, why buy an Iyonix to run Elite when you can use it via an emulator or even buy a native PC/console version (think there is even an OSS clone for Linux).

Most people use computers for the internet, we are just getting some decent browsers and have always had good Email clients, but that other crap like Flash, streaming audio and video aren't wonderfully supported.

You can't really attract the programmers as it's a very non-portable platform (less so with GCCSDK now) and these days if you don't have good Java or C# (shudder!) you won't get people's attention, Hell we don't even have a decent C++ IDE, most of RISC OS's best programming tools are for BASIC!

Some of the RISC OS problem is from people who used it at school, and assume we haven't moved on, it's a bit sad that the only people who ever recognise RISC OS are people whose last experience of it was RO2 A310's, or only ever used some single-tasking ported from the BBCB edutainment title which ran equally well on an RM Nimbus.

Educating people is the key. Most people don't know or don't care that there are alternatives to Windows, jees most people haven't even heard of Linux let alone RISC OS, or haven't heard of Firefox as a MSIE alternative.

Price is obviously important, you can get a bloody good PC for 300-400ukp or a Mac for 500ukp, or an OK-ish Iyonix/A9 for 700-1000ukp, and hey, people still don't buy Macs because of the price....

I dunno, I'm kinda out of ideas, and just think if we haven't hit anywhere near mainstream during the Acorn days, how are we going to do it now?

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 18/11/05 9:19AM
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On RISC OS Christmas roadshow details finalised:

Pretty tragic way to get attention to the platform - advertising it as being able to play a 20 year old game or two....

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 17/11/05 11:04PM
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On Archive usage survey: VRPC edges past Iyonix:

Everyone seems to be overlooking the obvious regarding RiscPC's - they are pretty much the oldest machines that are usable today (i.e. can run RO 3.6-4.39 at a reasonable speed).

They sold very well back in the Acorn days, and people won't have chucked them out, or else people would have bought them cheap 2nd hand. I expect there were many more RiscPC's sold than Iyonixes, so what's the surprise? Iyonixes are new, but expensive and don't have 100% compatibility.

I'm also not at all surprised that VARPC has sold more than the Iyonix - it can run Select, it's generally faster, you can have it in laptop form and it only costs 120ukp (I expect most of us already have a suitable Windows PC).

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 11/11/05 5:03PM
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On Archive usage survey: VRPC edges past Iyonix:

"Yes, it is still alive, however it has lost a lot of users in that time, too."

It lost me about 3 years ago (well, I've been playing with RedSquirrel up until about a year ago and only recently sold my two SA-RiscPC's) something which I thought would never happen, I've been using RISC OS since the A310 through school, university and even used it in two jobs, and totally hated Windows up until Win2K.

That said, Windows has lost me too in the last year, it just does nothing that interests me anymore - other than DVD/video processing - that is worth fighting the viruses, spyware and software licenses for.

I now almost exclusively use Linux, and shock-horror, my parents just started using it the other day and already prefer it to XP (they've used Windows since 3.1)

I think if RISC OS can lose a loyal user like me, and Windows can lose users to Linux that easily, then I can't see how RISC OS could survive another 3 years, especially with 1200 users left now.....

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 11/11/05 1:41PM
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On South East 2005 show report:

Having just had my 6th Maxtor drive die on me in 4 years, the Castle statement is a little disturbing.

I won't buy anything but Seagate these days - there is a reason they have 5 year warranties and Maxtor have 1 (they might have raised it to 3 again actually).

Shame there were no demos of MacOSX VirtualRiscPC, I wonder how that will deal with MacOS X86....

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 23/10/05 10:08PM
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On Using an A3010 as a central heating controller:

Can you get X10 stuff for UK mains (or France for that matter)?

I used it a lot in the USA, but their wiring is so shoddy that I gave up as there was too much interference (and brown outs) my brother-in-law has used the USA->UK adaptors with some degree of success.

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 17/10/05 5:22PM
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On ArtWorks founder to open source graphics app:

If Xtreme needs hand-crafted x86 assembler, how are they doing a MacOSX port (or will it be MacOS X86?) I'm sure I read a forum post that said the core was very portable. I guess the rendering engine doesn't count as core? Maybe CC made it all C++ now, after all, lack of decent C++ tools was their reason for ditching RISC OS in the first place....

I've always prefered ArtWorks to Xara, but shall be looking out for this on Linux. That said, the Linux demo (essentially just a viewer) on my P4 seemed to redraw slower than ArtWorks/SA, although I guess it is an early alpha.

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 13/10/05 12:27PM
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On How productive are you on RISC OS?:

Scrub my comment about no decent vector programs on non-RISC OS platforms, XaraX is going opensource and is being ported to Linux/Mac!


 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 12/10/05 12:46PM
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On How productive are you on RISC OS?:

sorry for all the typo's in that - teach me for typing whilst drinking large amounts of tea ;)

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 10/10/05 6:39PM
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On How productive are you on RISC OS?:

I think a lot of RISC OS' advantage is that we have standard file formats that can integrate - like you can use loads of programs to make a Sprite, or a Drawfile or RTF or TIFF etc.

On Windows, although they claim that to be the case it often isn't - like the versions of Office are incompatible, a lot of programs only support BMP files, there's practically not vector graphics under Windows (on Adobe apps cope with Illustrator files and SVG support is a joke).

Linux is no better - OpenOffice can barely read/write in any useful way (can't even import images from OODraw into OOWriter!) even standard formats like PDF seem to vary in levels of imp/exportability under Linux.

I think I posted previously about making a logo, letterhead and some compliment slips on Linux, giving up fighting with GIMP, OO.org, Dia etc; trying Windows and managing it after almost a day with Office/Acrobat. Could have done it in an hour using Publisher+Artworks (although that may be that I'm VERY used to those programs).

I love Linux, put up with Windows, and don't even use RISC OS anymore, but I have to admin for certain things like vector graphics it is the best choice. But for programming and video stuff that I need to do it sucks.

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 10/10/05 6:37PM
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On ARM plays hand, reveals 1GHz plans:

hEgelia: come off it, it ain't gonna happen.

And what's with all the modding down?

Also, doesn't RO4 work on the ARM610 (RPC600) too?

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 5/10/05 11:50AM
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On ROL faces rebellion over Select delays:

While I agree with a lot of Paul's points in his post, and it certainly seems that Select offers a lot more than RO5 (apart from Iyonix support) I'm sorry but if you can't afford to run a business without having cash in advance from users (and not giving them anything for it in over a year) then you shouldn't be running that business, and obviously the market isn't profitable enough to bother anyway.

Now if you're doing it out of a love of RISC OS and not for meagre profits, then bloody opensource it and cut the crap! Hey that would really stick it to Castle - you'd have a huge development team of volunteers then, we'd have Select 4 for Iyonix in 3 months! ;-) The alternative would be to sell ROL to Castle....

I just don't agree with whining about not having a hardware business to offset the costs of developing the OS, bloody form a hardware business then, and if you can't then stop whinging, or make yourself a charity and sell 2ukp RiscPC's - assuming you can compete with Peter & Paul (sounds biblical dunnit?!)

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 3/10/05 9:13AM
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On Software news:

Yes, there may be many clients, but there isn't really a usable server.

Of course you could run VirtualAcorn and use a PC server to export the display ;-)

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 30/9/05 11:00AM
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On Iyonix Select demand barely double digits, says ROL:

"The worst part of this is that ROL have no problem making a special effort for Omega owners of which there are magnitudes less. "

Well yeah, but the Omega is still 26-Bit and StrongARM, so probably not much more work than Kinetic, plus ROL don't have "history" with MicroDigital like they do with Castle.....

So what versions of RISC OS 4/5 do we have now then, I'm getting confused, ones I can think of are:

4.05 or something was the last RO4, patches for Millipede IIRC, after 4.03/4.04 made for Mico/Kinetic etc. Iyonix 5.10 Select 3i3 v4.39 Adjust (Select on ROM, was that 4.44?)

I thought there was already an Adjust32 or something for the A9home?

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 27/9/05 12:25PM
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On VirtualAcorn drops VAT and prices:

Not sure if it's actually optimised for SMP, but the OS usually makes a good job of balancing it out, on a dual PII-400/Win2K Pro it never used more than about 55% per CPU.

You could try using the new VMWare 5.5 beta with all it's SMP/64-Bit goodness, and running VA under that.....

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 19/9/05 5:16PM
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On VirtualAcorn drops VAT and prices:

I've used the development (JIT) version of RedSquirrel on various machines from 500-2500MHz and found that about 1.5GHz is StrongARM speed.

All I want for Xmas is for Graham to release a Linux version so I can try it on my new 3GHz P4HT/1Gb ;) as my Windows dev copy has expired, and I don't use the Windows box much these days.

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 19/9/05 4:30PM
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On Patch released to solve Oregano 2 socket puzzle:

"tis a shame that they are not using a RISC OS Server ;@)"

yes, cos then it would have fallen over a lot sooner and the problem would be fixed earlier!

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 7/9/05 6:09PM
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On Patch released to solve Oregano 2 socket puzzle:

Looks like they need to fix their server to rotate its logs and also make the update check optional, or at least do it only once when you load the browser.

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 7/9/05 1:23PM
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On VirtualAcorn boasts 3000 users:

I've always believed in just using the best tool for the job. I use RISC OS, Windows and Linux, well don't use RISC OS anymore, but that's besides the point. I use Windows for DVD creation, and Linux for pretty much anything else.

I had to make some letterhead, a logo and some compliment slips the other day and started on OpenOffice.org, then got annoyed as there are no decent vector graphics programs for Linux really, so thought OK, I'll switch to Windows and use Office2003 and Illustrator, then got fed up of the crappy export options (needed decent PDF and Word97 really).

If I'd used Artworks and Publisher+ (maybe even Techwriter Pro+) I could have done it in about an hour instead of the day or so it took (eventually in a mixture of OO.org Draw exporting as WMF into Word and printing to Acrobat).

So for me, in that instance, RISC OS would have been the best tool, but then for internet and programming Linux kills RISC OS/Windows, and for DVD creation and video editting Windows kills the others. Glad I don't have a Mac to confuse the issue even more ;-)

So what I'm trying to say is that I'd be very surprised if many people would just switch to using Windows after using VirtualAcorn.

Oh and hEglelia, RedSquirrel doesn't work nicely under WINE (mouse issues at least) but works fine under VMWare, as you're basically running a complete Windows install.

Some interesting screenshots for ya though: [link]

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 20/8/05 8:36PM
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On VirtualAcorn boasts 3000 users:

Damned impressive sales figures I'd say. I expect the majority of that lot is schools who have been forced to switch to PC's, or people who want a RO laptop.

I would definitely pay 70ukp for a Linux version, although that's not done yet - I heard a Mac version will be done first? I don't use Windows enough these days to justify buying the Windows version, I guess I could run it under VMWare.

Come to think of it I sold my RiscPC's with all my RISC OS software anyway, might still have my RedSquirrel images somewhere....

I'd love a VirtualAcorn that allowed you to use any OS like the RedSquirrel Dev version ;)

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 20/8/05 2:36PM
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On Archive mag to survey RISC OS computer use:

i can't vote because of the "you've already voted" bug, but for the first time in 20 years i have no acorn/bbc/riscos hardware.

closest i get these days is redsquirrel, or va5000 under vmware on one of my 4 xp / fedora pc's.

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 12/8/05 12:08PM
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On Castle introduces Iyonix cube:

Just seen on El Reg that Intel are discontinuing the XScale (not the IOP321) so the Iyonix may not be such a competitor to the A9home for long....


 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 2/8/05 6:42PM
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On MicroDigital sought by bailiffs:

Jonix: well said, to me MicroDigital are scum for doing this. Although with their track record, it might have been a bit foolish to pay for the computer in full....

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 11/7/05 6:12PM
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On News in brief:

low of 4.02 roms? does this make my 2 sa-riscpc's (both with 4.02) worth ebaying?

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 3/7/05 5:43PM
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On STD defends A5 concept:

mikeg - you're having a laugh about battery life aren't you? I'd be happy with 2.5 hours, it's about average, current Intel (and especially AMD) kit is not very portable, I can only get 2 hours from my old PIII/500.

I admit its disappointing that the Crusoe doesn't get significantly better battery life than a P4-M or Mobile XP.....

Also, didn't know it was ECS - that'll be a pile of Taiwanese sh1t then!

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 06/08/04 5:05PM
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On STD defends A5 concept:

OK, things regularly I use my Windows/Linux PC's for, could I do these on an Iyonix under RISC OS5?:

1. creating DVD's - photo slideshows mixed with home video, plus some movie "backup" 2. programming C# and Python GUI apps using wxWidgets/Qt/Windows.Forms/Tk toolkits 3. playing Unreal 2003 4. watching *any* video format I want to from *any* website (including Flash7 sites) 5. serving up 200Mb database websites using Perl, PHP and C++ 6. home automation and PVR (TIVO to those who don't know) 7. downloading (not uploading!) via P2P, all legal content of course

As far as I know I can't do any of that on my Select SARPC, well maybe a very limited version of (5).....

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 04/08/04 5:01PM
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On STD defends A5 concept:

"If you want to avoid the 'Windows tax', lobby VirtualAcorn to create a Linux version of VRPC."

Give it up, Linux VARPC is not going to happen! And anyway, you'd still pay the Windows tax as no self-respecting PC manufacturer can sell a PC without Windows, just ask Dell.

I don't see what the problem is myself, I use Windows much more than RISC OS now, I just find there's very little I can actually do on my 2 SA-RPC's anymore, or at least nothing that can't be done better on my 2.5GHz PC (except maybe Pluto and ArtWorks2).

I can't believe that most RO users don't actually NEED to run Windows for work or some reason (like being able to use online banking!) so VARPC seems like the best of both worlds. The only issue is that once you start on the emulation route, your hardware is dead, just ask Amiga/Atari users.

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 03/08/04 4:47PM
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On Castle confident in Scotland:

0.49 does fix the wordwrap problem, now I've got to figure out how to use Messages files from C....

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 11/12/03 05:32AM
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On Castle confident in Scotland:

Thanks Simon, must be TextGadget 0.49 then, which I've got, but maybe I've not tried my program since then....

Oh no, if that works I'm going to be spending endless nights coding again, cheers ;)

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 10/12/03 11:48PM
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On Castle confident in Scotland:

Ah, it seems the latest upgrade I was thinking about was the RO4 patch from ROL, which broke a lot of !Boot's due to some font issue.

So the latest ToolBox distro is either the Castle or ROL one from a few months back (which I thought I tried). Or maybe there's a newer one in Select 4.37?

So which version of the TextGadget module are you referring to here Simon [Wilson]?

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 10/12/03 11:33PM
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On Castle confident in Scotland:

Ooh, solved textareas?

OK so which ToolBox upgrade is this - the ROL one from a few days ago or the Castle one from a while back that was just after the ROL upgrade (the one that screwed everyone's machines pre 4.02)?

Are there the usual problems with the Installer from ROL? I seem to recall there were problems with fonts for this last one? (heading off to csa.misc)

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 10/12/03 11:26PM
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On Castle confident in Scotland:

Word wrapping in textareas seems to be completely impossible to me, get to the end of the top line and it just cuts the words off.

I've even seen certain apps that have given up with them and have instead used multiple text boxes stitched together instead with complex algorithms to figure out when to split the lines!

And last time I experimented (a few months back) the Select TextGadget module and !ResEd added features which if used on pre-Select machines, caused the app to crash, don't think the 2 features, whatever they were were copied to the Castle TB/!ResEd either.....

It's a shame actually, as TextArea hassles made me give up C programming on RISC OS :(

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 10/12/03 10:45PM
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On Please Stop the Madness:

It's not really on, taking the p1ss out of the Email. Although Axel hasn't replied to complain - well he probably has, but it's been moderated to Hell.....

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 11/11/03 9:24PM
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On Please Stop the Madness:

So do all non-Drobe staff posts get automatically moderated now then, as I can only see Chocky posts now! ;)

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 11/11/03 5:50PM
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On VirtualRiscPC network upgrade pulled:

The Artworks Apple redraw is one of the real-world benchmarks used for the developer (JIT) version of RedSquirrel.

So far it has shown that a 1.6GHz PC can outperform an SA233 *on that limited set of tasks*, and personally I find my [ageing] 1.6GHz PC's "feel" easily as fast as my SA287/VF2.

I would expect that a 2.4GHz A6 could beat a Kinetic/Omega easily, and probably on a lot of tasks, beat an Iyonix (memory, screen, disk etc.) basically because the PC hardware can outperform the Iyonix by miles, so the [thin layer] of emulation wouldn't slow those aspects down very much.

Solaris 8 under VMWare on that same PC actually outperforms my Sun Sparc Ultra10, boo hoo.

I'm sure the Iyonix could be tweaked a bit more - e.g. more development of the graphics card, 800MHz XScale etc; but it's not going to be able to keep up with PC development - jees we're already getting 64-Bit 3.2GHz processors (or quad processors!)

So don't go questionning people's crediblity on things you've not tried, just because you don't like what you're hearing. I for one am not a bit surprised by Stuart's benchmark results.

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 02/11/03 11:40PM
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On Network happy VirtualRiscPC shipping:

Come on folks, what is it with the obsession with not using Windows? I used to have that, when I was comparing a SA-RPC to a P166/Win95!

OK, so Windows has virus/security issues, but RISC OS relies on security by obscurity and probably has more viruses per user!

My Win2K Pro box is certainly more stable than RO4 (XP Pro is about the same) and why do people think an ARM board in a PC is a lesser evil than VirtualRPC - just because it's hardware?

Personally, I doubt if I would even use RISC OS anymore if it weren't for RedSquirrel, and then it's only for testing RO apps I write, and testing websites on basic browsers. The 2 SA-RPC's are gathering dust, whilst I use my Win2K Pro laptop for surfing/music, my 2 XP Pro boxes for DVD burning, games, emulation and photo-retouching, and the Linux box for firewall/programming.

I guess I've got to the point that Computer Concepts got to a few years back - I can develop C/C++/C#/Java apps in 30 seconds on Win/Lin (using Kylix, SharpDevelop, C++Builder, JBuilder, VisualStudio....) that would take 3 days to write on RISC OS.

Has anyone else noticed that most of the new software these days for RISC OS is basically just apps to provide functionality that Windows has had BUILT IN for years (like printer/USB drivers, IM clients, web browsers....)

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 26/10/03 8:11PM
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On Iyonix DVD video playback is here:

Oh, copyleft is the company I was talking about - people have had a lot of trouble with them, after having paid for the T-shirts, they can't get them delivered as copyleft is too worried about legal issues.

www.boycott-riaa.org has some good ones though ;)

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 17/10/03 9:32PM
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On Iyonix DVD video playback is here:

The region of the drive is only part of the protection. The software that plays back the video is supposed to have region protection built in too, and to some degree, the OS.

I have 3 region free drives, but you still have to use patches of the Hollywood+ software or PowerDVD (apparently ;) ) Personally I prefer my Apex and Yamakawa region/RCE/Macrovision-free players - or simply copy the DVD and remove the protection ;)

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 17/10/03 9:30PM
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On Iyonix DVD video playback is here:

Last time I looked, the DeCSS T-shirts were yanked from the website that was selling them, as the legal issues were too hot.

Thinkgeek or (and www.eff.org) used to sell them too, but not anymore, however you can get the anti-RIAA/MPAA/SCO shirts still ;)

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 17/10/03 5:11PM
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On Virtual License:

What's this "the reason is to encourage piracy" point?

Piracy of what? VARPC will be locked to one machine and the RO4 ROM image will be encrypted, so you can't pirate the software or OS, or use a non-encrypted image e.g. RO3.7

Or do you mean piracy as in copying all your programs from your RiscPC to VA, as you would do if you bought an Iyonix.

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 03/09/03 7:19PM
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On Price Comparisons:

Of course, we can't even get PC users hooked on RISC OS by getting them to try out RISC OS 4/Select on VA RiscPC, as ROL/MD/VA/Pace (?) in all their "wisdom" have for some reason locked the software to the Alpha laptop, that no non-RISC OS user would buy, and most current RISC OS users wouldn't either....

Why do RISC OS companies repeatedly shoot themselves in the foot?

You could probably sell VA RiscPC and a copy of Select for more than a 2nd hand RiscPC, and to a wider audience...

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 30/05/03 00:42AM
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