Depending on which platform you use, there may be a number of different options available to you for RISC OS itself. As well as the standard distribution from RISC OS Open Ltd (ROOL), for example, there’s also the ePic option, also from ROOL, which – for a price – adds a great deal of bundled commercial software. Then there’s RISC OS Direct from RISC OS Developments Ltd, and if you’re opting for an emulated solution, what about older versions of RISC OS?
This is the topic to be covered at the next RISC OS User Group of London (ROUGOL) meeting, which will take place on Monday, 20th September, presented by Bernard Boase et al, following up a feature in issue 25:3 of Archive magazine in which Bernard compared the ePic and Direct distributions.
Bernard will lead the group through a discussion about what applications are included with each distribution, and how those applications are laid out in the disc image. There will also be a look at what’s included in the RISC OS 3.7 Easy-start bundle for use with RPCEmu.
Starting at 7:45pm, the meeting will be another hybrid one with people able to attend in person or online via Zoom. For those attending in person, the place to be is:
The Duke of Sussex,
23 Baylis Road,
The pub is a stone’s throw from Waterloo station, making it easy to reach by public transport from London and the Southeast. For drivers, there is parking outside on Coral Street from 6:30pm. Once there, head upstairs to the Chichester Room, where you should find members of ROUGOL loitering from around 6:30pm.
For those joining in from elsewhere in the world, the Zoom meeting should be open to join from 7:30pm – all you need are the log-in details, which are the same as previous meetings this year, but if you haven’t attended any just contact ROUGOL and they will be provided. The software itself is available for most modern platforms.
Looking ahead, the 18th October meeting is expected to see Paolo Fabio Zaino talking about the Desktop Modernisation Engine, and the 15th November meeting should be Gerph with an update on RISC OS Pyromaniac.
And between those two, don’t forget that the RISC OS London Show is scheduled for 30th October, at the St Giles Hotel, Feltham.