Snippets – 9th January, 2022

A roundup of 2021 news and releases not already covered on RISCOSitory With 2021 now behind us, the time has come for one final round up of news that hasn’t already found its way onto onto these pages – although this time, in fact, it’s the only round up of such news for 2021; for 2020, a snippets post appeared half way through the year and then another just after the year ended – but no earlier post has been compiled for 2021.

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News nybble: RPCEmu 0.9.1 released

A new version of multi-platform emulator RPCEmu has been released. Version 0.9.1 of the software, which allows classic Acorn hardware such as the RiscPC and A7000 to be emulated on Windows and Linux, amongst others, includes a number of changes – from new features, such as the ability to take screenshots from a menu, to networking improvements (leading to fewer steps needed from within RISC OS to configure networking).

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RPCEmu gets a London outing on June 18th

The open source RiscPC emulator RPCEmu will be the subject of a talk by Matthew and Peter Howkins in London on Monday, 18th June. The brothers have been maintaining and further developing the open source emulator, which was originally developed by Sarah Walker, for over ten years, and it can now support all versions of RISC OS from 3.50 to 6.20 – including version 3.80, which was the development version for the RiscPC 2, aka Phoebe, and never officially released.

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News nybble: RPCEmu 0.9.0 sneaked out

A new version of RPCEmu was pushed out early last month, featuring two significant changes leading to its version number jumping from 0.8.15 to 0.9.0. Those changes – for which test versions have been available for a while – are the shift from the Allegro 4 library to the Qt5 library (which enabled Chris Gransden to build a version that runs on RISC OS), and the threading model now sees the GUI on a different thread to the actual machine emulation. RPCEmu can be run on a number of platforms,…

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News nybble: RPCEmu 0.8.15 released

A new version of RPCEmu is now available to download. The software, from Peter and Matthew Howkins, provides an emulation of Acorn computer systems such as the RiscPC or A7000 on other platforms, such as Windows and Linux. Version 0.8.15 sees a number of changes – some for all platforms on which the software is available, such as a stability issue with 8MB VRAM being resolved, and a UI change to the Windows version: the window maximise button has been disabled, since the window size is determined by the RISC…

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News nybble: RISC OS Bits release the RiscPOD

RISC OS Bits, who popped up on the RISCOSitory RADAR with an amusing acronym just in time for April 1st this year,  has released a new product called the RiscPOD – a 40GB 2.5″ hard drive in an Acorn branded enclosure, with an emulator installed and ready to run. Four versions are available – IyoPOD, with RPCEmu installed; ArcPOD, with ArcEM installed; BarePOD, without an emulator so you can set it up yourself; and CustomPOD, on which other set ups can be installed on request.

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

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.

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