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May news round-up

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,

RISC OS 5.24 arrives

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.

April News Round-up

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.

March News Round-up

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.

February News Round-up

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

January News Round-up

Some things we noticed in the RISC OS world this month. What did you see?
 
RDSP (the free Sound module from AMCOG games) updated to version 0.40. Some new effects and Stereo sound placement have been added.
 
Font Directory Pro updated to version 3.22 to improve compatibility on RISCOS 6 and Select.
 
R-CompInfo released OS Update 10 for ARMX6 along with a beta version including the SMP Multi core support to experiment with.
 
BBC Radio 4 talked to Eben Upton about the Pi (available on iPlayer for the near future).
 
Lots of interesting updates on the Raspberry Pie competition at riscos.fr
 
Elesar updates their Linux release for Titanium to keep current with Debian updates.
 
News appearing for next months South-West Show.
 
Jim Lesurf has republished a large collection of his sound articles on his website
 
Wispy wifi interface reviewed on RISC OS blog.
 
Updated StrongHelp C Library manual is now available on riscos.info

December News round-up

Some things we noticed in the RISC OS world this month. What did you see?
 
More update to RDSP announced on ROOL forums
 
Elesar releases an update for Titanium users wanting to use two screens.
 
Autumn 2017 issue of Drag'n'Drop is now available on the website.
 
Show dates for 2018 all now released with SW show on 24th February, Wakefield Show on 21st April and London Show on 27th October.
 
80% of the RISC OS user guide is now updated and ROOL are asking for volunteers to complete the task.
 
Sophie Wilson was a guest on the Selywn team in the Christmas University challenge contest.
 
Some interesting updates on the RISC OS Linux port over on ROOL.

November News

Some things we noticed in the RISC OS world this month. What did you see?
 
RISC OS London show took place - read the Iconbar report.
 
RISCOSbits makes your Pi-Top into a proper RISC OS machine with a themed cover.
 
DDE28 get a quick update to fix a bug.
 
AMCOG updates their new Protector game
 
!Artworks 2.X3 is now available. ArtWorks newsletter #77 sent out (76 was published over 5 years ago).

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