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bison 
RISC OS 5.28
Posted on 25-Oct-2020 16:14:49
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Another obsolete OS that refuses to die!

RISC OS 5.28 now available

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Hypex 
Re: RISC OS 5.28
Posted on 25-Oct-2020 16:31:22
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@bison

Damn it we don't need this competition! Does their browser work normally? What's the killer app and reason to use RISC OS? *

* Common question asked by ex Amiga people about OS4.

I suppose they have some kind of slogan. The kind that bounces our boing ball away.

"Unless you are operating on the edge, you're not using RISC OS, and your safe OS takes up too much space."

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bison 
Re: RISC OS 5.28
Posted on 25-Oct-2020 18:25:22
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@Hypex

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Does their browser work normally?

They have NetSurf, if you call that normal.

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What's the killer app and reason to use RISC OS?

I don't think they have a killer app. The reason to use it is the same as Amiga: hardly anyone one else uses it.

It has one significant advantage: it runs on RPi.

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I suppose they have some kind of slogan

That's where they went wrong! Nobody ever says, "Only RISC OS makes it possible." This is probably why they have a tiny user community.

It's fairly interesting, though. It has cooperative multitasking, and some primitive memory protection scheme. The UI is nice enough, but it has some right-click/left-click oddities. It's worth a spin if you have a spare Pi laying around.

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Re: RISC OS 5.28
Posted on 25-Oct-2020 22:15:53
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@bison

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The UI is nice enough, but it has some right-click/left-click oddities.


I wouldn't call them "oddities" rather "consistent operation" that happens to work differently than you are used to.

Left click - select
Right click - adjust (similar to holding ctrl and left-clicking on most other OS)
Middle click - menu

This is because it is designed for a three-button mouse. AmigaOS (and Windows) is designed for two button mice - so select is on the left button and menu is on the right (well, on Windows only context menus are on the right but you get the idea), and adjust is hold a button and left click.

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Re: RISC OS 5.28
Posted on 26-Oct-2020 14:45:33
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@Chris_Y

Thanks for the explanation. At least we didn't get stuck with Apple's single-button mouse, so things worked out better than they could have.

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kolla 
Re: RISC OS 5.28
Posted on 26-Oct-2020 15:40:56
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Where are all the RISCOS forks??! Framgmentation??

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BSzili 
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@kolla

Very interesting!

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Hypex 
Re: RISC OS 5.28
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@bison

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They have NetSurf, if you call that normal.


That depends on how well it works on Risc OS. More normal than iBrowse. Umtil you get a blank page.

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I don't think they have a killer app. The reason to use it is the same as Amiga: hardly anyone one else uses it.


Ha. Didn't think of that. "Dude, you've gotta check out this OS. It's so rare and expensive. Like golden dog balls, because you can!"

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It has one significant advantage: it runs on RPi.


Good point. Risc Pi.

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That's where they went wrong! Nobody ever says, "Only RISC OS makes it possible." This is probably why they have a tiny user community.


It is a rather exclusive declaration of a slogan. They don't have Acorns to feed on anymore like they used too. So that leaves a tiny part of the Pi on chart.

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It's fairly interesting, though. It has cooperative multitasking, and some primitive memory protection scheme. The UI is nice enough, but it has some right-click/left-click oddities. It's worth a spin if you have a spare Pi laying around.


Cooperative you say? Primitive memory protection scheme? Sounds like it both hasn't caught up with AmigaOS in 1985 yet as well as being a cross between Mac OS9 and Amiga OS4 on PPC!

The Mac cooperative multitasking was pretty good I thought. I couldn't tell it didn't have the full loot. Window 3.1 made the term cooperative multitasking look dirty.

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Posted on 28-Oct-2020 15:54:06
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@bison

That Apple one button mouse is such fake news. It doesn't work at all like they advertise. You cannot have select and context menu using only one button. Most of the time I used a Mac with one button or a track pad I had to pres Ctrl to get a content menu. At least on OSX. Apple one button mouse fal!

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Posted on 28-Oct-2020 15:56:06
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@kolla

No, they stuck all their forks in the Raspberry Pi!

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matthey 
Re: RISC OS 5.28
Posted on 28-Oct-2020 22:11:38
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kolla wrote:
Where are all the RISCOS forks??! Framgmentation??


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After the break-up of Acorn in 1998, development of the OS was forked and continued separately by several companies, including RISCOS Ltd, Pace Micro Technology, and Castle Technology. Since then, it has been bundled with several ARM-based desktop computers such as the Iyonix PC[5] and A9home. As of March 2017, the OS remains forked and is independently developed by RISCOS Ltd and the RISC OS Open community.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RISC_OS

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