M-Saunders wrote:I did consider RISC OS when writing that article, but because I originally wrote it for PC Plus, I wanted to focus on x86 OSes that folks could try on their own machines.
You mean because VirtualAcorn
is non-free (in both senses) and RISC OS Open does not have a usable download yet?
That said, I am fond of RISC OS. I have an A7000 and I'd love to see some RISC OS netbooks/smartbooks with the next wave of low-power ARM chips.
Sadly unlikely and unwise this time round. RISC OS was not designed with networking in mind, and I gather that it is horribly insecure by modern standards. Also, the code base of applications and hardware drivers is pretty ancient. The RISC OS Open master plan aims to liberate our beloved British OS to attract the wider FLOSS community and boost just this sort of development.
Since Drobe closed, however, the RISC OS community does seem very quiet...
There seems little to talk about until ROOL (maintainers of RISC OS Open) can complete their patient liberation of the code. It is a tricky exercise, because it is so easy to fall foul of IP rights claimed by the various historical prima donnas of the RISC OS world. But hey, if anybody out there wants to get into ARM coding on a desktop-oriented OS with a different way of doing things, ROOL would love to hear from you. Or, outside of the OS itself, check out riscos.info