Acorn News Service Newsletter
Issue: 149 (11 January 2004)
Featured site this issue: http://tofla.iconbar.com/
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of this year and aims to provide comprehensive, accurate and timely news
and views on all aspects of the RISC OS scene, with an emphasis on serious
Companies and individuals are encouraged to e-mail press releases and
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Contributions from everyone would be appreciated, from a simple link on
your web site to an article on an aspect of programming.
The RISC OS Packaging Project
Following the release of RiscPkg, RISC OS now has a package manager - but
only a handful of available packages. The "RISC OS Packaging Project" was
created to rectify this situation, and aims:
- to build and distribute a collection of RISC OS software packages;
- to provide a convenient mechanism for users to install, update and
remove packages on their computers;
- to promote consistency and peaceful co-existence among packages in the
collection by setting policies to regulate content and behaviour;
- to provide a systematic mechanism for recording, characterising and
fixing bugs in the package collection;
- to ensure that the legal status of all software in the package
collection is understood and respected; and
to promote the development of free and open source RISC OS software.
There are many possible ways to contribute, such as:
- maintaining a package or packages
- writing documentation
- checking copyright and licences
- reporting bugs
Package maintainers do not generally need to be programmers, although
familiarity with obey files and the structure of an application directory
is quite important. The workload for any single package is unlikely to be
onerous. For further information visit <http://www.riscpkg.org/>.
Castle and Tematic merge
Castle Technology Ltd and Tematic Limited merged at the end of 2003. The
combined business will trade under the Castle Technology Ltd name, with a
new "Tematic Division" focused on offering full design and engineering
resources to customers wishing to licence RISC OS for use in new products.
The Tematic Division will continue to be based in Cambridge and will
develop and support an embedded version of RISC OS, which has been
designed for use in the new generation of multimedia products for the
high volume consumer electronics market.
Jack Lillingston, CEO of Castle said, "The combination of Tematic's
engineering skills and Castle's marketing and product skills means that we
have a company structure that can really tackle the opportunities that lie
In a separate move Castle also announce that they have appointed Peter
Wild as Chief Operating Officer. Peter Wild said, "It is great to be back
in the RISC OS world. We hope to clinch substantial licence deals with a
variety of household names over the coming months. Things have never
looked more promising for RISC OS."
Refurbished Acorns January Sale
Future Computer Services Limited have recently started a new web site
which features their refurbished Acorns, and will also be Apple and other
PCs. The complete list of refurbished ex demonstration and IT suite Acorn
computers is now available online and you can purchase direct from the
January Sale prices include:
- A7000+ machines from GBP35+VAT
- Risc PCs from GBP75+VAT
- StrongARM Risc PCs from GBP235+VAT
Linux for the Iyonix updates
A new version of Iyonix Linux is available, which is a consolidation of
recent improvements and bug fixes. Iyonix Linux, based on the Linux kernel
version 2.4.21, supports most of the Iyonix hardware, including the real
time clock and sound, and had an accelerated video driver for the X Window
Iyonix Linux can also be purchased on CD from GBP28 which includes one
month support and everything needed to install a comprehensive system.
A complete, plug-in-and-go option for Linux for your Iyonix is now also
available, supplied on an 80GB hard disc. The drive contains a pre-
configured system partitioned to your requirements with a large array
of installed software, including desktop environments (GNOME and KDE),
editors, browsers and other productivity software.
Preinstalled Iyonix Linux starts from GBP105 with IDE cable and CD
including UK P&P. For purchasing information, visit:
Latest news from VirtualAcorn
From 1st January 2004, VirtualAcorn is VAT registered. Prices are now
slightly higher, for example:
- VirtualRPC-SE now retails at GBP169 inc VAT (plus p&p)
- Upgrades from VirtualA5000 are now GBP149 inc VAT (plus p&p)
More details: <http://www.virtualacorn.co.uk/order.htm>
However although the prices have risen, all copies of VirtualRPC-SE
supplied now include the VVRAM facility, first seen on the A6 from Stuart
Tyrell Developments, allowing you to use extended video modes up to 8MB in
size. This allows RISC OS 4 to use resolutions up to 1600x1200 in full
24 bit colour. Existing users can download a free upgrade that will add
this feature to existing VirtualRPC-SE installations.
Also all copies of VirtualRPC-SE now include power management support
developed in conjunction with RISCOS Ltd. Power management is primarily
intended for laptop computers and will reduce noise, since the machines'
fan(s) will not be running continuously, and will significantly extend
battery life when running RISC OS. A free upgrade that adds power
management support will be available shortly for existing users.
Updated software summary
- 65Link v1.35
A freeware 'remote DFS' system for your BBC B/B+/Master. It allows you
to store files on the hard disc of a Risc PC, and use them exactly like
you would under DFS. New version includes bug fixes and allows quick
access (without explicit unpacking) to SSD and DSD disc images as found
on most BBC nostalgia web sites.
- Bogofilter v0.16.0
A Bayesian spam filter. It inspects e-mail messages and inserts
appropriate headers into the mails that indicate whether or not the
message is spam. Bogofilter should now work with Messenger without
losing the last few bytes of an e-mail.
- GnuPG v1.2.4
A complete and free replacement for PGP encryption software. Bug fixes.
- MakeKISS v3.00
A RISC OS development program for the KISS (Kisekae Set) paper doll
game. This version includes support for version 4 of the FKISS scripting
language. 32 bit compatible.
- PlayKISS v5.02
Program for the KISS (Kisekae Set) paper doll game. Bug fixes.
- DARC (Derbyshire), 12th January
- SASAUG (Surrey/Sussex), 12th January - BCF Cryptosystem
- SAUG (Southampton), 12th January - Mobile e-mail
- EAUG (Essex), 13th January - Older software
- LAUG (Liverpool), 13th January
- ICENI (Suffolk), 14th January - Social evening at the Crown Manningtree
- ROUGOL (London), 19th January - Joe Taylor presenting AppBasic
- RONWUG (North West), 21st January - Andrew Rawnsley, R-Comp
- RUNG (Norfolk), 21st January
- BARUG (Bristol), 28th January - Paul Middleton, RISCOS Ltd.
- NKACC (Kent), 12th February - Broadband
- WAUG (Wessex), 21st February
- RISC OS South West Show, 28th February
- Wakefield 2004, 15th & 16th May
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