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Old 27 July 2009, 13:20   #101
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Hi chaps,
Back from holls and a few more updates:

Some RiscOS viruses found in Commercial Games/HD-Installs - Oops, sorry!
All fixed now & some of the games modded to work on a wider variety of machinery.

@MG:
Thanks for the head's-up - No probs with 'traditional' FTP but as you say the web interface doesn't like ' or &. All offending files that I could find on the FTP have been renamed, if anyone finds any more do let me know.

BTW. apd's aren't worth downloading at the mo', as there's nothing out in the wild that will read them.

@Firthy2002:
Agreed.
Yes, the RiscOS 'scene' is indeed utter sh*t - It doesn't have to stay this way, hence our small effort with regard to changing things.
As far a retro-hardware goes I'd have to say RiscOS machines & their OS are a thing of beauty. Such a shame Acorn sold them for far too much money back in the day - that alone did much to hurt the platform...
...still, Acorn kit is generally dirt-cheap these days - a decent Arc' can be had for much less than an Amiga A1200 for instance while a not-too-well kitted out RPC or A7000 can be had for about 20-40 should you be after something more 'modern' - how much for an Amiga A4000..?
Oh, and there's some great original Acorn-only games + many of the best Amiga one's were ported. (Some PC too!)
And we haven't begun to talk about the range of great apps available for the OS...

I can go on a bit.
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Old 28 July 2009, 01:20   #102
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Yeah I've seen on eBay that Arc stuff is pretty reasonably priced.

I've nothing against RISC OS, it's my second favourite OS of the ones I've used.

The main problem with the scene in my view is that the majority of RISC OS users tend to be of the older generation! And there's nothing to tempt newbies to the platform, anything you can do on RISC OS you can do better, faster and cheaper on an x86 box with Linux/Windows!

It's great as a nostalgia platform, but as a serious rival to modern OSes it's dead in the water, just like Amiga OS4.
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Old 29 July 2009, 20:46   #103
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*bumpity-bump*

A quick line to say for those interested the FTP's had a fair few updates:
New: Games + Demos to be found.
Updates: To many of the games already present.

Hey! Did some rude person complain that Arc Zool doesn't have raster-bars?
(probably not one of the nice peeps on this forum)
Well now Arc Zool can be had in all it's rasterised loveliness without the aid of a Copper or indeed any heavy metal...
...you can even cycle though the colour sets if that floats your boat.
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*bumpity-bump, pidy-bump, pidy-bump, pidy-bump, pidy-bump, pidy bump bump bump...*

Coming soon to the server:


For those who may be interested in RiscOS stuff but would like a pre-rolled version to download and play, the above is a screen shot for the nearly finished first release...
...think of it as ClassicWB, or AmigaSys, or AIAB for RiscOS with lots of extras + apps + games pre-installed. The whole thing's rolled up with Arculator (the best free emulator) for true download, run, and play.

It's based on RiscOS 3.11, the latest of the 'classic' OS's for Archimedes machines - why? Because...
...That's the RiscOS era with the most 'classic' games.
...Those 'in the know' should go 'Ooo' and 'Ahhh' at the amazing cleverness of this set up - and at the size of my ego.
...Releasing a public version based on a current OS (we're up to RO6+ now) would cause some, ah, 'difficulties'.

...on the subject of 'difficulties' the released version will have !SparkPlug rather than !SparkFS as shown - it's still being developed and marketed.

I'll post again when it's up on the server - the likely size will mean using 'proper' FTP not the web front end.



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Old 01 August 2009, 22:04   #106
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Hey Charlie,

'ClassicRiscOS' What a great idea!

RiscOS has a few peculiarities compared with other OSes, and this will be a great way of breaking into RiscOS gently and finding out how it ticks.

This will surely be the upload which puts the Qube RiscOS Server into the mainstream!

Good luck with this project. I'm really looking forward to giving it a try!
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And i still want to play a fully working Archie Last Ninja version. What do we need for this? APD file support in Arculator?
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APD support in Arculator? Now that's a thought!

Thanks for the kind replies chaps 'ClassicRiscOS' has a nice ring to it. Opens up the possibility to have a 'ModernRiscOS' too - licensing would be tricky.

I'm just finishing the backdrops to go with it, then the hard subject of which games to include as standard and which just to leave for users to download - I don't want to make the 'basic' install too big.

It's certainly worth mentioning this would not be possible without the fantastic work of: Arculator's author, the contributors to the server, the writers of the included software, and of course Acorn (RIP).
Also the job of doing this is far easier than the wonderful Amiga equivalents I mentioned earlier as RiscOS comes in ROM - all I've really done is add a few patches, some icons (many are my own), and done a few Acorn-ish backdrops.
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Also the job of doing this is far easier than the wonderful Amiga equivalents I mentioned earlier as RiscOS comes in ROM - all I've really done is add a few patches, some icons (many are my own), and done a few Acorn-ish backdrops.
Great work nonetheless, Charlie. And don't forget, it was your idea to do it!
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Ok, here it is:


Classic RiscOS
V1
-ish

In all it's (hopefully) lovely glory. V1-ish? Well, it seems fine to me but extensive testing in the wild may bring up a few issues. The download is about 127mb - phew! There's a fair bit of stuff in there considering most RiscOS apps weigh in at about 20k, maybe a few hundred for a big game...
...Out of the box it's set to run @ about the speed of a 33mhz ARM3 but if you untick 'Limit Speed' under options with a spiffy computer you'll make it fly.

The URL?
Use real FTP and mosey on over to the Qube RiscOS FTP Server (see website for details) and go to: \Emulation\For x86\Classic RiscOS\

Have fun!

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Looks great. I'm already leeching.
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Wow! Thanks, Charlie! Didn't expect it this soon.

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Not at all. It just seemed like the natural choice.

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Looks great. I'm already leeching.
Hmm... So that's why my download speed has halved!
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Mmh, the speed isn't that good. 4-8KB/sec here.

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Looks lovely Charlie Will surely give this a try, but for now I'll leave the bandwidth to Retro and prowler
Great work and highly appreciated
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Mmh, the speed isn't that good. 4-8KB/sec here.
You're joking! I was getting 40kB/s, but now it's more like 30kB/s.
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@prowler: Now you have the full speed. I'm not patient enough for such low rates. Maybe you can upload it to Magix server or a webhoster then.
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@prowler: Now you have the full speed. I'm not patient enough for such low rates. Maybe you can upload it to Magix server or a webhoster then.
Yes, I can upload it to the Magix server for you all, but not until tomorrow, because I'm using the wrong machine today. Also, I haven't downloaded it myself yet... (80MB so far...) And speed's more like 20kB/s now.
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No problem. Thanks for the re-upload.
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Maybe you can upload it to Magix server or a webhoster then.
Now that you don't download it anymore, I thought that the EAB file server mirror sounds like a good idea Leeching it just now and will upload it later.
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