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RISC OS Open news at ROUGOL

Everybody chant “There’s only one Rob Sprowson!”

Monday, 16th September is when the RISC OS User Group of London (ROUGOL) next meets up, and the original plan was for Elesar Ltd‘s Rob Sprowson to be the guest speaker for the meeting, at which he was planning to reveal a new, hitherto mystery product currently in development. However, in a last minute change of plans, the group will instead hear from RISC OS Open Ltd‘s Rob Sprowson, who will be talking to the group about what’s been happening at the company over the last year.

One topic Rob will cover is the bounty scheme. Last year ended with a successful round of bounty matching, with RISC OS Open Ltd (ROOL) announcing at the end of October that over the final couple of months of the year they would match every pound contributed to their open bounties, up to a maximum of £5,000 – and that total was reached shortly before the year was out. Since then, a number of bounties have seen active work on them, and new ones have been opened.

Another important topic is the latest version of the Raspberry Pi. The 4th main release of the tiny board includes new USB and network controllers, which are not yet supported by RISC OS, so Rob will update the group on what progress has been made to enable RISC OS to support the platform.

Observant readers will probably realise that there is in fact only one Rob Sprowson known to the RISC OS World (indeed, there might be only one Rob Sprowson – who knows?) so Elesar’s Rob Sprowson and ROOL’s Rob Sprowson are actually one and the same. Well done you. (And I should probably point out that yes, I know Rob only helps out RISC OS Open Ltd in this way, and that he’s not actually part of the company. It’s called poetic licence. Okay?)

Why is that relevant? Well, the reason for the change of subject matter for the meeting is that a flaw in one of the chips used in the new Elesar product has caused a delay (so we therefore know it’s a hardware product, at the very least). However, if a fix or workaround can be found before the meeting, he may still be able to give the group some information about it.

As ever, the meeting will start at 7:45pm in the restaurant upstairs at:

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

The venue – which serves a range of Indian and English menus, as well as both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – is easy to reach by public transport. It sits between Borough and London Bridge stations, and is only a short walk from either.

If you need any help finding your way to the meeting, or for any other relevant information, ROUGOL can be contacted by telephone on 07970 211 629, by email, or via Twitter.

Looking ahead, don’t forget that the RISC OS London Show – organised by ROUGOL – will take place at the St Giles Hotel, Feltham, on 26th October, 2109. The initial list of exhibitors is now online, and can be expected to grow in the next month and a half.