Two RISC OS user group meetings are taking place in the next few days, one in Bristol and one in Southampton.
RISC OS Open Ltd promised us an epic announcement at Wakefield – and this might just be it: The company will be demonstrating “previously unheard of amounts of storage on RISC OS” with a 2TB – that’s two TERRABYTES – drive attached directly to a disc controller on a RISC OS computer, in native Acorn FileCore format.
An image of a RISC OS machine with a ‘Gargantuan’ hard drive was posted by Rob Sprowson to Twitter earlier this week (with the image stolen and included here), though at the time he denied that it could be called epic.
RISC OS Open Ltd have sneakily released a new RISC OS release candidate for the Raspberry Pi – if it can be called sneakily when they said at the recent Southwest Show (see Rob Sprowson’s talk) that it was coming soon. RC15 can be found on their Raspberry Pi downloads page, with full details on their news page.
As stated in the Southwest Show presentation, the new release candidate supports all models of Raspberry Pi, from the oldest to the newest, and from the smallest to the… well, standard sized. And as well as supporting all of the models of Pi, it benefits from all the recent improvements to RISC OS, such as the updated JPEG support, EDID monitor detection, and so on.
And if you come along to tomorrow’s Wakefield Show, you can purchase a copy of RC15 already on a ROOL-branded SD card for a mere £10 + VAT!
Announcement from the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club
Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club would like to remind everyone in the RISC OS and 8-bit communities that the Wakefield Acorn & RISC OS Computer Show will be taking place this weekend, on Saturday 22nd April. The event is open from 10.30am until 4.30pm, with admission £5 on the door.
The platform’s premier event in the North is in its regular venue at the Cedar Court Hotel near Wakefield, and there are over twenty exhibitors confirmed as attending.
The Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club‘s next meeting will be on 5th April, with Andy Marks of RISCOSbits stopping by to show off an early version of Wispy – his wireless bridge solution for RISC OS that also provides the platform with access to an up-to-date version of Firefox – along with one or two more of his impressive range of, er… RISC OS bits!
The meeting kicks off at 7:45pm and there is a £3.00 entry fee for non-members, with membership itself costing £15.00 (£7.50 in year one) and including free access to the meetings – full details on the Club’s website. The meeting takes place at:
Sandal Hall Close, off Walton Lane,
(A61) Barnsley Road,
R-Comp have announced a new network driver for the ARMX6 that can provide a performance boost of between one and a half and ten times. Most users should see a benefit, but some more so than others – users with mixed speed devices on their networks, for example, should see more consistent behaviour and less problematic networking with Acorn Access or ShareFS.
The latest RISC OS build for ARMX6 computers also now includes support for disc partitioning – something that has been notably lacking on RISC OS until now. Partitioning a disc means it is split up into more than one ‘logical’ drive, which is especially useful for larger drives, and means RISC OS can now make full use of the space. In addition, partitioned discs use GUID Partition Tables – an industry standard that means other platforms should recognise the partitions (even if they can’t actually read the contents).
ARMX6 users can upgrade in by visiting the users’ website and logging in as usual. You can also expect to hear Andrew talking about this at the Southwest Show tomorrow.
Coming soon: Two announcements!
In a very meta-move, Chris Evans has announced that there will soon be two more announcements from CJE Micro’s. Well, more specifically, he’s announced that CJE Micro’s will be launching two new products at the Southwest Show tomorrow, and referred people to separate announcements to find out more – presumably, they’ll either appear later today (which might make them too late for RISCOSitory this side of the show), or he’ll be announcing them at the show, with online announcements after the event.
Either way, one good way to find out more is, of course, to head on down to the show itself.
Go on. You know you want to.
Cutting it a bit fine with the timing of your announcement there, Chris!
With the Southwest Show taking place tomorrow, CJE Micro’s/4D have announced a deadline for anybody who wants a particular item ordered and brought to the show. They will, of course, carry a their usual wide range brought along from the little shop with a lot of stock – but they won’t be able to squeeze everything into their car, so if you have a specific requirement, it’s best to contact them prior to midday today.
The company is, as always, willing to take any surplus Acorn/RISC OS items, saving you the effort of finding good homes for them – or worse, turning them into skip-food. Again, though, because of limited space in their car, don’t just bring larger items to the show without contacting them first.
If you’re going to be at the Southwest Show (if not, why not?) and you wish to order something from Elesar Ltd, then provided you do so by the final cut-off point you will be able to visit the RISC OS Open Logistics stand on Saturday to collect your goodies. When ordering, all you need to do is select ‘Pickup from RISC OS Southwest Show, Loxton 25-Feb-2017’ when choosing your shipping method at the check out stage.
Elesar’s Rob Sprowson informed me that it should be possible to place orders under this scheme until Midday Friday – but the final deadline will depend on RISC OS Open’s departure time, and the option will be disabled when the window has closed.
Wrapped up well, fed hot soup.
RISC OS Open Limited have released a new version of the Desktop Development Environment (DDE), the set of tools used by many developers for writing software for RISC OS, as well as anyone working on the operating system itself.
The primary focus of the new release (aka DDE27) is the relocation of zero page, currently only included in release candidate versions of the operating system, but which will eventually find its way into a formal release version. As such, this version of the tools is itself free of any problems on such builds – according to ROOL, “In DDE27 the remaining illegal accesses which have been reported have been fixed.”