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The state of PackMan in 2018

Posted by Jeffrey Lee on 21:30, 20/8/2018 | , , , , ,
 
In a previous article we've looked at what software is available via !PackMan. But what if you're a developer who wants to get your software listed - where do you start?

 
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Orpheus launch crowdfunding campaign

Posted by Jeffrey Lee on 20:40, 6/8/2018 | , ,
 
RISC OS friendly ISP and hosting provider Orpheus Internet have recently launched a crowd funding campaign, with the goal of helping to raise the funds needed to set up a second data centre in a new location. This new data centre will act as a mirror of their primary data centre, providing some much-needed redundancy for when things go wrong - like the incident early last month that left all of their servers unreachable for several hours, and left some systems down for a couple of days.
 
Setting up a second data centre is something that Orpheus have been planning for a while now, but have been struggling to find the funding for - the business doesn't have enough capital to spare, and despite recognising the plans as being sound, banks and other lenders have been unwilling to offer up any cash of their own. Last month's incident - Orpheus's only major outage in the past ten years - was enough to convince Richard that the plans for the second data centre should be kicked up a notch, hence the launch of the crowdfunding campaign.
 
So far the campaign has received donation pledges and long-term loan pledges totalling 3,950 out of the 15,000 goal. This is good progress, but that progress will only continue if new pledges continue to be received. If this is something you're interested in supporting, please contact Richard on 01702 462385 or via the email address crowdfunding@orpheusnet.co.uk.
 
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June News Round-up

Posted by Mark Stephens on 07:28, 29/6/2018 |
 
Some things we noticed this month. What did you see?

DiscKnight has now been updated to 1.54 release.

RISC OS Awards 2017 results were announced

The RISC OS Blog has a post on Zero Page protection, explaining all about it.

CashBook 1.41 released by Steve Fryatt to fix potential corruption issue with cheque numbers.

Amcog Games releases Island of the Undead on !Store.

Titanium purchasers now receive a free copy of the newly updated RISC OS 5 User Guide
 
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May news round-up

Posted by Mark Stephens on 07:51, 31/5/2018 |
 
Some things we noticed this month. What did you see?

A new version of RPCEmu was released.

RISC OS Blog ran some interesting articles on running RISC OS on Wandboard and Aemulor.

Big Ben Club organised the RISC OS eXperience in Amsterdam.

Chris Hall released version 2.0 of SatNav

RISC OS Blog also reviewed RISC OS 5.24 release
 
Adrian Lees asked what users would like to see in future Geminus releases.

RISCOSitory closed the RISC OS Awards poll.

A lots of emails as GDPR came into force,
 
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RISC OS 5.24 arrives

Posted by Mark Stephens on 09:28, 4/5/2018 |
 
Wakefield saw the official release of RISC OS 5.24 - we saw 5.22 in 2015 so there have been just a few changes since then (total of 708 changes and 21 main ones). Several key bounties have delivered major new features.

The headline features see previously neglected areas of RISC OS dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st Century, with JPEG support, monitor EDID support, handling of larger hard drives, and the network stack being upgraded. The bounty system is delivering some really worthwhile enhancements into the software. USB and network stack improvements are a massive undertaking, and ROOL broke each into several stages to make them more manageable.

There are also some genuine improvements to user features such as clipboard improvements and new features in Paint. Lots of applications have received little tweaks such as unicode and fancy fonts in Chars, improved dialogs in Printers, tweaks to HForm, DosFS, Maestro, more secure LanmanFS which can connect to Windows 8 and 10, etc.

Users will no longer get the baffling Oflaoflaofla message which should be replaced with more clear messages.

Finally there is the return of several features which had previously gone AWOL (NFS client, Access+, Econet support on Omniclient, the Porterhouse font).

After 34 months, ZPP is now 'live'. In their Wakefield talk, ROOL said that they were trying to be more proactive in steering RISC OS with an eye to the future (in contrast to Acorn who knew about the demise of 26bit and did very little to anticipate and ensure a smooth transition plan).

ROOL are hoping to see RISC OS back in the NOOBS software for the RaspberryPi. This makes it very easy for Pi users to install Operating Systems to try.

The RISC OS 5.24 release also sees ROOL improving the release process. There is now a more formal set of criteria to verify each platform supported and a traffic light system with statuses of red, amber and green.

Backwards compatibility is very good, so I am struggling to see reasons why you would not want to migrate onto RISC OS 5.24 if you are able.

You can download RISC OS 5.24 for free directly from ROOL website and for purchase it on their SD cards, which run on virtually all RaspberryPi models. The ePic card has also been updated with RISC OS 5.24 and latest versions of SparkFS, PhotoDesk, DDE and Impact. If you have a system from Elesar, CJEmicro's or R-CompInfo you may want to contact them directly for the customised version for your machine.

The official nightly build for the 'adventurous' is now 5.25 and there are plenty of bounties still looking for your cash to make sure RISC OS 5.26 is another significant step forward.

A big congratulations to ROOL on this significant release and thank-you for continuing to take forward our favourite OS.
 
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April News Round-up

Posted by Mark Stephens on 07:58, 27/4/2018 |
 
Some things we noticed this month. What did you see?

Elesar now able to take orders for AMCOG Flash USB collection

SW Show videos of talks now available - see Vince's post on ROOL forums

Speculation in the press that Apple will use ARM chips in its Computers from 2020. Could ROOL port RISC OS please (please, please)?

Cloudflare also choosing ARM chips

MW-software releases free AWViewer 2.18 with support for the new LTRGB screen modes

A new edition of Archive magazine landed on my doorstep. Read our review

R-CompInfo has a new, enhanced version of Wolfenstein 3D available from them or via PlingStore.

There was a show and RISC OS 5.24 arrived.
 
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March News Round-up

Posted by Mark Stephens on 10:23, 30/3/2018 |
 
Some things we noticed in the RISC OS world this month. What did you see?

A new game idea was floated on Stardot forums. We interviewed the author.

R-CompInfo update Quake to work with RapsberryPi 3

New RaspberryPi for Pi Day announced on RasbpberryPi blog.

RISC OS Blog has a great article on Running a web server with WebJames

RISCOSitory opened the voting for 2017 RISC OS awards.

DDE28b update sent out to users.
 
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February News Round-up

Posted by Mark Stephens on 07:01, 28/2/2018 |
 
Some things we noticed in the RISC OS world this month. What did you see?

Sprow gives us a new version of Manic Miner for modern RISC OS machines.

AMCS update available

R-CompInfo release NetFetch 5.02 via !Store.

!FamTree now available on !Store

South-West Show took place. Read our report.

ADFFS 2.64 released with new games added.
 
New edition of Drag'N'Drop released
 
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January News Round-up

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RISC OS London Show 2017

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