ARX, Arthur and RISC OS – what Paul Fellows said to ROUGOL

“we started off with the best machine in the world, ever, the BBC Micro model B”

For their October 2012 meeting, ROUGOL (the RISC OS User Group of London, who organise the annual RISC OS London Show , this year taking place on 26th October at its usual venue, the St Giles Hotel, Feltham) managed to get none other than Paul Fellows to attend as guest speaker.

Paul, who is currently CEO of Kynesim, worked for Acorn between 1983 and 1987, and since then has worked at Oak Solutions on the Genesis multimedia system, as well as on Fireworkz for Colton Software – but it’s his time at Acorn that was the subject of his talk, where he was put in charge of the team that went on to develop Arthur/RISC OS as an alternative to ARX, which was taking too long to complete.

It took a few months to come about, but in March a transcript of that talk was published on the ROUGOL website. If you have any interest at all in the history of our favourite operating system, then it is well worth a read.

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