Steve Fryatt has released an update to Launcher, an application that provides a neat shortcut solution to running applications and other files. The program places panels at the side of the desktop, which can be opened to access the various shortcuts that have been configured for use from them.
Well, the wider RISC OS world, anyway! Initially available at the Wakefield Show as part of his CD software collection, proceeds from which go to a good cause, it is now possible to download Steve Fryatt’s, erm, application launcher application, Launcher! The software can be downloaded either from Steve’s own website, or via !Store.
A final round up of 2020 news that hasn’t found its way to RISCOSitory before I was aiming to get this final round up of news posted on the last day of 2020, but as ever other things got in the way, so what was intended as the last post of 2020 has become the first post of 2021. Still, never mind, better late than never – which should probably be the official motto here in the RISCOSitory bunker!
In order to facilitate the recent update to Launcher, Steve Fryatt made some changes to his Wimp library – and because of that changing, he has recompiled his C-based applications. This, he says, was mainly to ensure that the published source code will still build with the library, but does note that as a side benefit, they may benefit from other small improvements to the library – although in theory, mostly only in terms of stability. The updated applications, all of which can be found on Steve’s website or obtained…
While RISC OS may now be regarded as a small, niche operating system, with only a tiny fraction of the number of users that more mainstream platforms attract, it does still have a surprisingly vibrant community – so with that in mind, every once in a while I look through a selection of news groups, mailing lists, and forums, looking for announcements that haven’t found their way to me via the RISCOSitory news inbox, and from those compile a ‘snippets’ post. Here, then, is the latest selection of news items…
As well as RISC OS, Titanium owners have had the option of using Linux on their system since the motherboard’s launch; it could be purchased from Elesar Ltd bundled with either RISC OS or Linux – and since April 2016, owners of the RISC OS version have had the ability to enjoy the best of both worlds; a RISC OS-based Titanium that could launch from RISC OS into Linux via the GoLinux application.
I don’t think anyone can possibly disagree with me when I say that 2020, so far, has been an unusual year. Most of the world is in some form of lockdown due to the SARS-CoV-2 (novel coronavirus) pandemic, with movements beyond our homes and interactions with people beyond our own households at a minimum – which means (in a RISC OS context) shows and user group meetings aren’t taking place.
Six months on from the show itself… that’s almost as long as the Long Gap between the Wakefield and London shows! Ahem. The place to be for discerning RISC OS users (and retro Acorn enthusiasts) on Saturday, 27th April, was Wakefield – more specifically, the Cedar Court Hotel in Calder Grove – because that was where the annual Wakefield Acorn and RISC OS Computer Show took place.
Even though the show they organise took place only yesterday, the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club (WROCC) will be holding their next meeting this week, on Wednesday 1st May. The guest speaker will be the group’s own Steve Fryatt.
That’s last year’s record for a long-delayed show report broken! This year’s Wakefield Show took place on 21st April, at the Cedar Court Hotel, organised by the local user group – the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club (WROCC). Like last year, I must apologise for another long-delayed RISCOSitory show report. As ever, this is mainly because of how busy I am outside the world of RISC OS, but also because I wanted to edit down my video recordings of the theatre talks to a more manageable length – and video…