Posted by Bryan Hogan on 19:35, 16/10/2013
| RISC OS, Shows
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This year’s RISC OS London Show is on Saturday 26th October, open 11am-5pm, at its usual venue of the St Giles Hotel in Feltham.
There are over 20 exhibitors registered so far. These include:
- ROOL with RISC OS 5.20 running on a variety of hardware
- RComp with the ARMini and ARMiniX, plus the latest updates to their software collection
- CJE with the PandaRO and RaspberryRO, along with an extensive set of accessories
- MW Software will have the new release of Easi/TechWriter
- New this year is ImpressionX. See how far Richard Keefe has got with the mammoth task of upating the ever popular DTP package to run on modern hardware
- Thanks to a loan from the Centre for Computing History we will have on display the last ever Acorn machine, the only working Phoebe prototype.
- Aemulor will be making a welcome return to the show
- Archive and Drag n Drop have new issues for your reading pleasure
- RiscDJ and 3rd Event will be competing to see who can make the most noise :-)
As if that wasn’t enough, we’ll have robots, BigTraks, Lego laptops, and other stuff I’ve forgotten about!
There will also be a theatre programme of talks throughout the day.
Check the website for the latest info – http://www.riscoslondonshow.co.uk/
Posted by Michael Drake on 18:04, 12/10/2013
| Acorn, Games, RISC OS, Software
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The preservation project for Acorn software, JASPP, has so far been focused on preserving old games. Many of the titles concerned required 20 year old hardware and obsolete versions of RISC OS to run. Over the last year or so, the project has obtained disc images and box/manual scans for well over 100 of the games released for the Acorn platform. Most of these have been contributed by users.
While they've been archiving these old games, the project has also been working on software to enable the archived games to be played. The software they've developed includes: ADFFS, the floppy disc image loader; an updated version of QTM, the tracker music player; and various other software including on-the-fly converters to allow more games' music to be played through QTM.
Screenshots from some of the released titles.
Over the last few days JASPP has started to release games for which they have acquired distribution rights. Currently these include:
- Chuck Rock
- Fire & Ice
- Hero Quest
- Jahangir Khan World Championship Squash
- James Pond
- Magic Pockets
You can download them from the JASPP games forum
If you have any old titles the JASPP team would like to hear from you.
Posted by Jeffrey Lee on 21:30, 22/9/2013
| RISC OS, RISC OS Open Ltd, Shows
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This is a quick reminder to say that RISC OS Open's free Portsmouth show is next Saturday, the 28th of September. The show takes place at Innovation Warehouse Portsmouth
, between 11am and 5pm.
ROOL recently announced that the list of exhibitors will include:
For more information, be sure to check out the announcement on the ROOL website
Posted by Jeffrey Lee on 20:15, 30/7/2013
| Hardware, Open source, RISC OS, RISC OS Open Ltd, Shows
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RISC OS 5.20 released
First seen at the recent Midlands show, RISC OS Open Limited have now officially released RISC OS 5.20 into the world. This stable release of the operating system is available for the Iyonix, ARMini/BeagleBoard, and for the first time for RISC OS 5, RiscPC and A7000/A7000+ IOMD-based machines, including Kinetic RiscPCs. In addition, a stable version of the base hard disc image is now available as well. All users of RISC OS 5.20 are required to at least upgrade to the new version of !Boot as the 5.1x era !Boot will refuse to run on the newer OS.
There are far too many changes for me to attempt to cherry-pick the interesting ones to list here, so to find out what's changed between this release and the last I suggest you check out the change summaries that ROOL link to from their press release above.
This new release can be downloaded free of charge from the ROOL downloads page, or you can purchase physical ROMs (for IOMD machines) or installation CDs (for other machines, or for Kinetic cards with flash ROMs) from the ROOL store. And if you go down the download route, please consider donating to one of the open bounties to help reward ROOL and the RISC OS developers for all their hard work.
The Raspberry Pi and OMAP4 ports are yet to reach "stable" status, so are still only available in the form of (potentially) unstable development builds and (for Raspberry Pi) official beta releases available from the Raspberry Pi Foundation website. In particular, the latest Raspberry Pi release, RC11, has been updated to RISC OS 5.21 and so is roughly equivalent to the stable 5.20 release that's available on other platforms.
Portsmouth show in planning
Not content with just managing the OS source code, ROOL are planning to host a free RISC OS show in Portsmouth, to be held on one of the Saturdays in September (most likely the 21st or 28th). The show is to be free to both visitors and exhibitors, but in order to make it happen ROOL need to know who can turn up and when - so whether you're a visitor or an exhibitor, please get in touch with ROOL and let them know your availability.
Posted by Michael Drake on 15:42, 16/5/2013
| Acorn, Games, RISC OS, Software
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Steve Harrison, the original developer of the tracker player Q The Music, has produced a new RISC OS module which allows games to be played on old Archimedes systems hooked up to modern monitors or televisions. LCDGameModes patches the screen modes that games use on the fly, such that they work correctly with a VGA or SVGA compatible screen. The effect of this is to prevent scrambled displays and fix the aspect ratio of "letter-boxed" games.
The software is currently in public beta, and is being discussed over on the stardot forums. One post shows Elite and Star Fighter 3000 starting up on a 40inch Samsung Telly.
Posted by Michael Drake on 18:16, 19/4/2013
| Drobe, RISC OS
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Another new site
has appeared to fill the void left by Drobe
' is aiming to keep users abreast of all the developments in the RISC OS and Raspberry Pi worlds.
Other sites which do a better job of keeping up-to-date than us include:
It's also worth keeping an eye on the Announcements section of the RISC OS Open forum
and the news aggregation site, RISC OS News Network
Posted by Michael Drake on 10:39, 19/4/2013
| Internet, Open source, RISC OS, Software
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Jonathan Duddington, author of the RISC OS e-mail client Pluto, has announced
that as of now, Pluto
is available for free. The project has been open-sourced, enabling other developers to take over maintenance of the software. Jonathan has also updated the program for ARMv7 compatibility, enabling it to run on the most modern hardware.
Pluto is written in C and lets users to manage their e-mails and usenet (newsgroup) subscriptions. It has a fast and consistent user interface with many options for sorting and organising articles, a built in editor for composing e-mails or news postings, and a search facility amongst other features. Thanks to Jonathan for his generosity. The lack of a powerful and free Mail user agent was one of the platform's shortfalls.
Jonathan also announced an update for his eSpeak
text-to-audio speech synthesizer, enabling it to run on modern ARMv7 hardware.
Posted by Michael Drake on 10:05, 19/4/2013
| Emulation, RISC OS, Retro, Open source
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The popular open-source RiscPC emulator RPCEmu
has had an update. Version 0.8.10 is available now. The changes since the last release include various bug fixes and extensive under-the-bonnet refactoring in preparation for future improvements.
More work has been done on RISC OS Open Limited's IOMD RISC OS ROM for RiscPC class hardware and emulators such as RPCEmu. The IOMD ROM is now mostly complete
. In related news, benchmarking has shown
that RISC OS 5 runs faster under emulation than 26-bit versions of the OS.
As for Archimedes emulation, the open-source Archimedes emulator ArcEm
was updated to version 1.50 at the end of last year. (Yes, we're a bit late with that.) An extensive change log
details what's changed since the previous release. The main improvement between this release and the earlier ArcEm 1.50-alpha was to fix operation on the Raspberry Pi.
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