Jun 062018
 

The open source RiscPC emulator RPCEmu will be the subject of a talk by Matthew and Peter Howkins in London on Monday, 18th June.

The brothers have been maintaining and further developing the open source emulator, which was originally developed by Sarah Walker, for over ten years, and it can now support all versions of RISC OS from 3.50 to 6.20 – including version 3.80, which was the development version for the RiscPC 2, aka Phoebe, and never officially released.

If like me you blinked, you might have missed the recent announcement of a new version – it came out on 5th May, and due to two significant changes, its version number has been bumped up from the previous 0.8.15, which was released in 2016, to 0.9.0.

The first of those changes is the switch to using the Qt5 library, replacing the now unsupported Allegro4 graphics/sound library and allowing the Windows and Linux versions to share the same user interface. The second is a change to the threading module used by the software.

Matthew and Peter will be talking about those changes, and other improvements to the ARM and hardware emulation, at the June meeting of the RISC OS User Group of London – as noted above, on June 18th.

The meeting kicks off at 7:45pm, though there are usually members at the venue much earlier. That venue – which serves a range of hot and cold food, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – is the restaurant, upstairs, at:

The Blue-Eyed Maid,
173 Borough High Street,
London,
SE1 1HR.

For people arriving by public transport, the Blue-Eyed maid is just two minutes walk from Borough tube station, and five minutes from London Bridge station. It’s a ten minute trip – covering two stops on the Jubilee line to London Bridge – from Waterloo, and a twenty minute trip from Euston and Kings Cross/St Pancreas, heading southbound on the Bank branch of the Northern Line to Borough.

For those who choose the more private (though perhaps less environmentally friendly) form of transport that is the motor car, the Congestion Charge ends at 6:00pm – an hour and three quarters before the meeting starts – but you’ll be heading into central London, so you need to take that into account when thinking about traffic, and finding somewhere to park.

If you need help finding the venue, you can try contacting ROUGOL by telephone on 07970 211 629, by email, or via Twitter.

Looking ahead, the subject of the next meeting again, which will take place on 16th July, will be DrawScript, with David Lane talking about and demonstrating the software.

Even further ahead, the next London Show, which is organised by ROUGOL, will be taking place on 27th October, at the usual Feltham venue – the St Giles Hotel.