RISC OS for Pi-nuts at ROUGOL, 15th February

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AKA: RISC OS on the cheap.

The next meeting of the RISC OS User Group of London will take place on Monday, 15th February, and the meeting’s presentation – with the multi-puntastic title “RISC OS for Pi-nuts” – will be presented by Peter Howkins and Bryan Hogan. The pair will be looking at ways to run RISC OS without having to run up a large bill to do so.

Probably the cheapest solution (if you already have a computer on which it can be run) is to use an emulator like RPCEmu, which is free to download. A new version of RPCEmu was released only this week, and the plan for the meeting is to demonstrate it on both Windows and Linux.

The next cheapest solution after that is probably to use a computer that was given away on the cover of a magazine – which is how the Raspberry Pi Zero first appeared to the public. Running RISC OS on this ultra-cheap system is another area that will be covered at the meeting, as well as comparing it with the original Raspberry Pi, ad the Pi 2 – both of which are more expensive, but still very cheap.

The time and place are the usual 7:45pm, and upstairs, in the restaurant of:

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

There is no fee for attending the meeting, and everyone is welcome. The venue serves both hot and cold food, and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. It can be found between London Bridge and Borough tube stations, easily reached from either on foot, and there is also cycle parking nearby.

If you drive, Congestion Charging ceases at 6:00pm, long before the meeting, though parking is a consideration: It is restricted at all times on double red lines, and on single red or yellow lines it’s best to park after 7:00pm. Bring along maps and plenty of patience (the attribute, not the game) if you are unfamiliar with driving and parking in central London.

If you need help, ROUGOL can be contacted by email, by telephone on 07970 211 629, or via Twitter.

March meeting

The 21st March meeting will see Terry Swanborough demonstrating his software, RiscPCB, which he uses to produce designs in his work at MB Electronics.