Announcement from Steve Revill, 24th April, 2014.
And, for many people, you’re still going strong.
The RiscPC was the most powerful computer Acorn ever put into production, and it was officially launched twenty years ago today, on Friday, 15th April, 1994. according to Acorn’s April 1994 Developers’ Newsletter and the date of their announcement on usenet. RISCOSitory takes a look back over its twenty year (so far) life.
Putting Portsmouth on the RISC OS map.
The first ever RISC OS show in Portsmouth took place on 28th September, 2013- and it seems to have been a successful one, with both exhibitors and visitors reflecting positively about the event.
The venue itself, the second floor of Innovation Warehouse Portsmouth, was comparatively small, offering a much more limited amount of space than other RISC OS shows, but the number of exhibitors filled the space very neatly, giving a good balance of things to see and people to talk to versus adequate space for visitors to be able to wander around without feeling crowded. All in all, it worked well.
In three… two… one… well, okay, a few days time.
This coming Saturday, 28th September, marks the ribbon being cut on the RISC OS community’s newest show, which takes place at Innovation Warehouse, Portsmouth, 2nd Floor, Innovation Space building, 1 Hampshire Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 2QF.
off for the old block RiscPC.
This version incorporates a massive 625 changes for the IYONIX pc, and 654 changes for the OMAP3 platform, as used on the BeagleBoard. Many of the changes are common to both platforms, but there are – obviously – differences between the hardware and facilities offered by the platforms
Set a new date for your diaries: 28th September, 2013
Following RISC OS Open Limited‘s announcement of a proposed new show to be held in Portsmouth, originally slated for 20th July, which would have put it a mere week after the Midlands Show and may have proven difficult for exhibitors, the idea was taken back to the drawing board and some possible new dates considered, with 21st and 28th September being offered up as possibilities.
Late September now on the cards.
A couple of months ago, RISC OS Open Ltd announced the possibility of another chance to show off RISC OS to all and sundry, by proposing a show in Portsmouth. The show would be free to both exhibitors and visitors alike, and take on the now familiar format – but it would be marketed more widely, in order to try and attract fresh faces to the event.
The only problem was the date suggested for the event – 20th July – which would have put it just a week after the Midlands Show, which may have been a bit too soon for some exhibitors.
Is this the furthest South mainland UK show yet? How about Lizard Point next, please?
With the growing number of low-cost Raspberry Pi systems now in the hands of end users, or even slightly more expensive options such as the BeagleBoard and PandaBoard – which are still relatively cheap compared with RISC OS computers of old – there are more and more people out there who could potentially start using RISC OS on those systems.
Arrives in a flash.
Something missing from RISC OS, which is increasingly apparent with support for them on modern devices on which the operating system can be run (or could be theoretically run if it was ported), is a filing system and driver for MMC/SD cards, allowing them to be accessed and used when inserted in the MicroSD card on hardware such as the BeagleBoard, in much the same way as any other storage media are accessed, like a hard or floppy disk or a CD or DVD ROM.
MMC/SD cards can, of course, be read from or written to when inserted in a card reader plugged into a USB socket, but that’s much less convenient – especially considering (for example) that the card from which RISC OS is booted on current modern platforms will be in the SD card slot. With RISC OS taking up only a few megabytes, and the card almost certainly having considerably more space available, that’s either wasted space, or space which can only be made use of in an inconvenient way.
Until now, that is.
It’s been a busy month again here, which means there have been no posts to RISCOSitory for a while – so here’s a quick round-up of recent goings on in the world of RISC OS.
RISC OS 5.18
RISC OS 5 has seen its latest ‘stable’ release in the form of RISC OS 5.18, which features some 340 improvements since the last such release (version 5.16). The full list of improvements can be found on the RISC OS Open website, but this list isn’t written in ‘typical user-speak’. In response to requests for a more user friendly list, Rob Sprowson posted one to usenet, which Steve Revill has since posted on the RISC OS open forum.