Access an ESP32 camera module from the desktop

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If you have a Raspberry Pi and wish to attach a camera to it there are a number of options available to you – including from the Raspberry Pi Foundation themselves – but if you wish to use one with RISC OS, your options are considerably more limited. So limited, in fact, that until very recently I don’t think there was a working option.

As of mid-May, however, that changed thanks to Rick Murray.

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QrCode rewritten, becomes version 2.00

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Kevin Wells has released a new version of his application for turning small amounts of textual information into two dimensional bar codes, aka ‘Quick Response’ codes. These can provide a quick way for people to transfer information into devices that can read them – for example smart phones using a bar code scanner application – such as URLs, contact details, WiFi keys, and so on.

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Simon Wilson plans to provide Mesa 3D GPU support for the RockChip RK3399

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Back in 2005, Simon Wilson – already well known for releasing driver software for a PCI TV card for use on the Iyonix, and responsible for Soundblaster drivers – released a 3D graphics driver for the computer, called IyonixMesa. With this installed, it became possible to make use of the 3D facilities provided by the graphics card used in the Iyonix, providing an OpenGL API.

Stefan Fröhling has been in touch to say that Simon has agreed to work with RISC OS Cloverleaf (whose Kickstarter has now reached £7,421 or €8,622) to create a modern equivalent for the RockChip RK3399 – a platform that Cloverleaf has in its sights, with work already well underway to get RISC OS itself working on it. The RK3399 features a Mali-T860 GPU, and the goal is to create a ‘Mesa 3D GPU’ driver for it, based on the Panfrost Mesa driver.

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RISCOSbits squeezes out some Linuxbits

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And pumps out a PiAno, and a Pi 4 upgrade scheme.

A number of systems on which RISC OS can be run also have Linux distros available for them, which means it’s very easy for RISC OS users to have a hardware platform for running our operating system natively, and a hardware platform for running a more widely supported OS – while only having a single hardware platform on the desk. With the Raspberry Pi, for example, it’s just a matter of changing the SD card to the OS you want before switching on, and for Titanium users, it’s possible to launch into Linux from RISC OS.

Not to be outdone, RISCOSbits have now launched their equivalent solution called EDOS – Easy Dual Operating Systems – which is available for all machines in the PiHard range (i.e. those available from the PiHard website, so that’s the PiHard, FOURtress, and PiAno systems – see below for more information about those).

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News nybble: Another BBC BASIC graphics video

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Richard Ashbery has been at it again – ‘it’ being converting graphics programs from other sources (or writing some inspired by them) to run on a Raspberry Pi in BBC BASIC, and chaining them together to produce a video of the output, which he’s uploaded to YouTube.

This is part 2 of a selection, and some of the original versions were written in BBC BASIC for Windows, some from the Creative Retro Coding site (aka a gallery of programs that were posted on Twitter to be run by the BBC Micro bot emulation.

Gerph returns to ROUGOL to talk testing – 17th May

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Following up his talk back in November on the topic of the RISC OS Build Service (formerly JFPatch-as-a-service), Gerph will be returning to the RISC OS User Group of London (ROUGOL) on Monday to talk about software testing, and how the build service can be used to help with it.

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Cloverleaf Kickstarter campaign version 2.0 succeeds

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Having tried to raise funds through a Kickstarter campaign around the start of the year, which fell short of their quite ambitious goal, RISC OS Cloverleaf have had a second try. And this time they seem to have reached their target – which was set much lower than before.

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TextEase Studio now served with a thump

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That’ll be the sound of the user manual landing on your doormat

Last year, Elesar Ltd managed to bring back TextEase Studio for RISC OS, a publishing suite that was first developed and published by SoftEase. The updated suite came with what was, at that point, an updated 72-page but still draft manual, supplied in electronic format.

Being draft, that manual was obviously still a work in progress – and that work has now progressed to the point where the manual is no longer in draft. The software is now supplied with a perfect-bound copy of the 153 page tome, sporting over 180 illustrations.

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Serve up some SSI soup

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Web pages can be very simple, containing a little mark-up that helps inform the software receiving and rendering the page a little bit about its content and how it should be presented, ideally with the help of cascading style sheets (CSS) to provide styling information. However, sometimes that simplicity isn’t enough, and a web page might need to refer to external resources. There are a number of ways this can be done, and one is by using Server Side Includes (SSI). When a page is being passed from the server to the client, they are parsed to identify any Server Side Include statements, and when any are found they are acted on, and replaced with the result of doing so.

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PiTools updated to version 1.13

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Released barely a week ago as a general spin off the software supplied with the 4té computer, intended for use by other people running RISC OS on the Raspberry Pi, an update to PiTools has been pushed out by R-Comp Interactive. The product, which began life as 4téTools on its namesake computer – itself based around the Raspberry Pi 4 – provides additional tools and configuration facilities to the computer in addition to those included in RISC OS itself.

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