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RISC OS ports website

Posted by Mark Stephens on 07:26, 27/7/2018 |
 
If you are a MacOS user, you have probably heard of MacPorts (unless you are a Howebrew fan).
 
RISC OS users have a similarly named website at http://www.riscosports.co.uk
 
This site has a good collection of software including lot of Emulators for classic consoles and machines, Games, and a selection of downloads.
 
There are also some programs compiled with VFP support, including Quake, POVRay and MuView.
 
You will also find Raspberry Pi specific items including Khronos.
 
Finally there are some fun little OpenGL examples and some useful resources.
 
Some of the software is older release (ie Vice) but the site is still being update in 2018 and there is plenty of interest to download and try.
 
  RISC OS ports website
  levi (17:29 27/7/2018)
  hubersn (17:13 28/7/2018)
    levi (22:29 28/7/2018)
 
Levi Levinson Message #124314, posted by levi at 17:29, 27/7/2018
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This is a very good move. I remember when I first discovered Dave McEwan's emulator page was no more, and a lot of the old freeserve or demon TAM month pages have gone the same way.

It's also very good that all of the zip files are locally hosted (not sparkplug archives any more, but I guess zips are easier if you're unzipping from a PC or linux onto an SD card for your rPi - though I dunno how that would handle file types and so on).

The only slight downside is that any description beyond the link text and more significantly the original author of these programs are not listed. But at least the executable code is safe for now.
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Steffen Huber Message #124315, posted by hubersn at 17:13, 28/7/2018, in reply to message #124314
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The only slight downside is that any description beyond the link text and more significantly the original author of these programs are not listed. But at least the executable code is safe for now.
The big downside however is that none of the downloadable archives I looked at actually contain the source code.

So whenever a new ARM CPU variant hits RISC OS, we are back to either binary patching or waiting for a recompile by the only developer who has the source.
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Levi Levinson Message #124316, posted by levi at 22:29, 28/7/2018, in reply to message #124315
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True, but how common was that in app distributions these days? I'm no longer an active risc os user unfortunately (the last time I powered up my RiscPC was to check it all still worked after I removed the leaking CMOS battery), but back when it used to be my main computing system, source usually came in discrete archives, if available at all.
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