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Posted by Jeffrey Lee on 22:07, 23/1/2010
| RISC OS, Castle Technology, RISC OS Open Ltd
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RISC OS Open have announced
have given the official seal of approval to RISC OS 5.16, the new version of the shared-source OS. The most prominent feature in this new version is a fix for the much-discussed year 2012 bug, where IYONIX computers would mistakenly read their real-time clock on startup if it's an odd-numbered decade.
The new IYONIX pc ROM can be downloaded free of charge from the ROOL site, in either flash programmer or softload form. ROOL advise that the ROM image is believed to work in softload form on all IYONIX versions of RISC OS from 5.10 or later. In flash programmer form, it should work from version 5.07 or later.
To avoid any unforseen compatibility issues with third-party software, it's advised to at try out the softload at least once before running the flash programmer tool. Just remember that the using the softload won't fix the year 2012 bug (and can even result in a jump to 2110) - the only way to fix the year 2012 bug is to use the flash programmer. Update:
ROOL have now added to the release announcement a human-readable list of the changes that have been made since the last official release (5.14). Links
Posted by Andrew Duffell on 10:28, 2/12/2006
| Castle Technology, Internet, IYONIX, Open source, RISC OS, Software, Advantage 6, A9
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A port of Firefox 2 for Castle
Technology's IYONIX PC
has been released by Peter Naulls. This release comes after users contributed the 1000 GBP that Peter had asked for to fund the development.
Peter would like to thank all those who contributed, but he is still after another 4000 GBP to release a further update with integration to RISC OS, and fixing some other issues. This release is targeted for Christmas day if the contributions meet the target.
A port for Advantage Six's A9home
computer has not been ruled out subject to financial interest, and Peter is asking people interested in a port for any RISC OS platform to email him. Update:
Rob Kendrick has released a patch
that allows the IYONIX Firefox port to run on the A9home by providing emulation for the XScale-specific instructions to a fudged copy of the Firefox executable. Link:
RISC OS Firefox
Posted by Andrew Duffell on 21:47, 29/9/2006
| RISC OS, Acorn, Castle Technology
9 comments in the forums
RISC OS Open have been in touch to reveal a new shared source inititive in partnership with Castle
From the press release:
Castle Technology and RISC OS Open Ltd (ROOL) are pleased to announce plans for the opening-up of RISC OS source code. This step is a further major landmark in the development of the highly respected software platform. A primary objective is to bring RISC OS software to a wider community and to encourage growth in both the RISC OS user base and the developer community. This will be augmented by more rapid development of the software base and removal of critical barriers to use, normally associated with proprietary platforms.
Shared source will allow controlled access to a limited amount of the RISC OS source code. The release of the code will be phased, with phase one containing
- The RISC OS build environment
- The Shared C Library
- The main disc-based applications (!Paint, !Edit, !Draw, etc)
- Other disc-based applications (!Boot, !System, !Scrap, !Unicode, !Configure)
- Browse (otherwise known as Phoenix), WebServe and related Fetcher modules
- The USB Printer Manager, printer drivers and printer dumper modules
- The configuration plug-ins
- Some screen savers
- Other modules which are handy for developers
Read more on the ROOL website
Posted by Richard Goodwin on 08:49, 6/7/2006
| RISC OS, Hardware, Mobile computing, Internet, Acorn, Google, Castle Technology
12 comments in the forums
Cut to the chase: according to a recent press release
, 30% of Castle
is about to become available:
Pattotek Ltd owns a 30% share in the voting capital of Castle Technology Ltd ("Castle"), owner of the RISC OS Operating System and developer of RISC OS based desktop computers. Pattotek Ltd today announced that, due to diverging business interests, it is examining its options regarding Castle and would like to hear from potential investors in the RISC OS community who could be interested in gaining control of this stake in Castle.
Pattotek's CEO, Pete Wild said, "after almost 20 years personal involvement in RISC OS, it is regrettably no longer core business and we must consider what is best for the future of the OS". He added, "However, Castle still has a dynamic management team, and exciting new plans for the future of RISC OS; here is an opportunity for the user community to have more of a say in those plans. Given the past history between Castle and RISCOS Ltd, this could represent a chance for the re-unification of efforts to move RISC OS forward."
Interested parties should email firstname.lastname@example.org
Coming off the back of Intel getting shot of the XScale (StrongARM)
, now might be the time for RISC OS fans to look down the back of the sofa for that loose change... Source: Google Groups
Posted by Phil Mellor on 00:00, 14/5/2006
| Castle Technology, Emulation, Graphics, Hardware, Internet, Magazines, MicroDigital, Programming, Retro, RISC OS, RiscStation, RISCOS Ltd, Shows, Software
Continue reading "Wakefield 2006 show report"
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One year on from when the A9home was first unveiled - it was infact sneaked into the Advantage 6 show theatre in a "makeup bag" - we see the release of the A9home.
CJE, who are A6's retail partners for the A9, were "so happy" with the hardware and progress, that they were confident to begin selling it at the show.
While A6 were disappointed that they are not yet able to totally sign-off the project - there are still niggles, not major problems, with the system, such as providing USB printing (32 bit printer drivers) and the serial port is apparently "not good".
So while the A9home is "not ready for everybody", it is "getting very close". People will have to be patient for the "I want everything release". The iterative beta testing programme shows there is still some work to do, but everything is "much closer each time things go out".
Posted by Andrew Poole on 20:54, 10/5/2006
| RISC OS, Hardware, Emulation, Graphics, Internet, Acorn, Magazines, Shows, Advantage 6, RISCOS Ltd, IYONIX, Castle Technology
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Once again it's time for the Wakefield show, the 11th one to be exact. Just for you lucky punters, roughly 30 exhibitors will be attending the show this year, and as usual the theatre has a packed programme throughout the day. In addition to this, there's also a "RISC OS in action" section, manned by Ian Chamberlain and sponsored by Qercus, which will have a number of demonstrations of RISC OS in use on A9 and Iyonix computers doing various tasks.
Exhibitors this year include Castle Technology, Genesys Developments, MW Software and the NetSurf development team, who will be demonstrating the latest developments on the open source browser.
VirtualAcorn will also be present, demonstrating their latest addition to their product family, VirtualRPC-SA, which provides emulation of the StrongARM processor in addition to the Arm710 processor it previously supported.
The theatre programme for this year's show is as follows:
|10:45||Advantage6 - Part 1|
|13:00||Paul Middleton - RISCOS Ltd.|
|15:00||Advantage6 - Part 2|
Parking at Thornes Park Athletics Stadium is free, and entry to the show costs £6, with under 5 year olds getting in free (I'd imagine that's physical age, not mental age!) The show is open from 10am until 5pm on Saturday 13th of May.
If you're going to the show this year and would like to share your thoughts of the show with us, please get in touch!
Source: Wakefield Show
Posted by Richard Goodwin on 11:51, 26/2/2006
| RISC OS, Sound and music, RISCOS Ltd, Open source, Retro, Mobile computing, Internet, Emulation, Acorn, Hardware, Site, Writing, IYONIX, Castle Technology, The Vigay
2 comments in the forums
In this roundup: !AVerMedia; CJE
stock; APDL world domination; RISCOS Ltd's latest offer; BeebIt 0.59; other new releases.
For those of you with USB capabilities on your RISC OS machines, and a need for software to control USB radios, Dave Higton brings you !AVerMedia hot on the heels of !DRU-R100. !AVerMedia is free, the code is GPL, you can use it with other apps (e.g. !Alarm) and it works on both the Castle and Simtec USB stacks. So how about throwing Dave a couple of quid so he can actually buy his own unit instead of borrowing one, for when you lot start wanting support? As for where you'd actually buy an AVerMedia USB radio, I dunno, surely even CJE Micros don't... oh, they do? In stock too? Should have known.
Speaking as we were of CJE Micros and their legendary stock levels, they have a few other new tricks up their sleeves. First up is the Sharp 172GW 17" LCD monitor, which has those handy dual inputs y'all apparently seem to like: one's a DVI, but with a handy converter you can plug in two regular VGA connectors and switch between them. 225 GBP (inc VAT, ex-delivery) for the monitor, 14 GBP (inc VAT) for the converter, say about a tenner for delivery.
Next up are two Iyonix-compatible external USB hard drives, in 40GB and 80GB flavours - 125 and 140 earth pounds respectively, fully inclusive. They've also reduced prices on Virtal RiscPC-equipped Windows laptops. There's a lot of other new stuff - USB seems to be in this month - but the shocking news is a "What's Not In Stock" page! It mostly seems to be old hardware (video stuff like Viewfinder 8, 32 or 128MB, Irlam VideoDesk, 24i16 or i16 and Eagle M2 podules), computers (working BBC Masters, A4s in any condition) and other bits (A540 PSU, Risc PC Econet, and unused 80 track floppy media), so if you're sitting on any of this stuff (VIGAY!) now might be the time to make a little cash...
Link: CJE Micros
David Bradforth has announced that the Alligata line of books are going digital via self-publish website lulu.com. Basic V: A Dabhand Guide by Mike Williams can currently be downloaded for $6 (what, only three and a half quid?) or bought printed for $12.45. Those prices are set to change RSN though. APDL are also looking for testers for 32-bit neutral WimpBasic and an Excel loader/exporter for Schema2! Email info(at)apdl.co.uk, but make sure you have the latest versions, returned your registration card etc.
RISCOS Ltd. celebrates the "7th Anniversary of signing Agreement with Element 14" by offering RISC OS 4.39 "Adjust" ROMs for 69 quid (63 + p&p); you've only got from Wednesday 1st March to Friday 17th March for this one though.
Link: RISCOS Ltd.
Michael Foot, one of my favourite Kiwis (after Peter Jackson and my Uncle Bob of course), has released v0.59 of 8-bit Acorn emulator BeebIt. A lot of work appears to have been done to the memory handling, which has the not inconsequencial effect of allowing Level 9 adventures to run in BBC Master and B+ modes.
Posted by Andrew Duffell on 18:00, 3/2/2006
| RISC OS, RISCOS Ltd, Emulation, Acorn, Shows, Advantage 6, Hardware, MicroDigital, IYONIX, Castle Technology
5 comments in the forums
have been in touch detailing their achievements over the 8 years they have been trading, and have announced that a 50,000 ordinary share issue will take place soon.
- 6400 copies of RISC OS 4.02 sold with upgrade copies alone generating £370,000 (exc VAT) sales over the last 6 years.
- Over 1900 copies of RISC OS 4 supplied in new computers from Castle Technology, MicroDigital, RiscStation and Advantage 6.
- RISC OS 4.39 recently sold its 500th copy.
- Sales of Virtual Acorn add "several thousand more copies to the total number of current RISC OS users"
Paul Middleton, MD of RISCOS Ltd also told us that "the personalised special offer for RISC OS 3.X and RISC OS 4.0X users who want to upgrade to RISC OS 4.39 is still available
" although "It is NOT suitable for MicroDigital Mico users as those computers do not have the required ROM sockets
At the 2004 RISCOS Ltd AGM it was agreed to issue 50,000 ordinary shares. ROL will be shortly issuing these, and ask anyone who is interested in investing to contact them. (details in the Press Release) Previously, ROL shares have been sold for around £1.25 each with 50 new investors allowed each year, so this share issue has the potential to raise more than £50,000.
Money raised from the share issue will be "used to fund further development of RISC OS 4 beyond the limits of the cashflow generated by sales of RISC OS "Select" subscriptions and RISC OS "Adjust" ROMs. It will also be used to fund the development and acquisition of complimentary technologies for RISC OS."
Paul Middleton also detailed that "The full launch of the A9 computer, and then Select 4, are currently targetted for around May this year", perhaps at the Wakefield show, "and once completed attention can be focussed on the Iyonix". However, despite meeting the 100 user pledge target for Iyonix Select Paul said that "the current level of pledges is insufficient to cover the full amount of work needed. It is likely therefore that the first stage will be a limited release of features to users who have continued with their Select subscriptions and who pay a supplement."
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