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Newsround

Posted by Jeffrey Lee on 20:00, 17/10/2011 | , , , ,
 
Here's a quick roundup of everything that's happened over the past few weeks.

New software releases

NetSurf 2.8

Version 2.8 of the NetSurf browser was released last month. The major new features in this release are a new cross-platform system for handling frames and iframes, and an improved image cache.

Charm 2.4

Peter Nowosad's Charm programming language also saw a new release last month. Version 2.4 is the first version of the language to be 32bit compatible, so if you're looking for something a little bit different from your programming languages then now's a good as time as any to give it a go.

StrongHelp 2.86

A new version of StrongHelp was released to the StrongED mailing list, featuring several bugfixes, mainly for ARMv7 compatability. Download it here.

CDFaker now 32bit

Steffen Huber has released a 32bit version of Andy Armstrong's CDFaker utility, which allows you to mount ISO images and read their contents via CDFS. Apart from being 32bit compatible, this release is also fully ARMv7 compatible.

InterGIF 6.18

Martin Weurthner's popular InterGIF utility has also seen an update. The main focus of this release was to make the utility ARMv7 compatible.

DigitalCD updates

Music player DigitalCD and related modules (TimPlayer, DiskSample) have been updated to add support for more tracker music formats, along with a few bugfixes.

New C/C++ tools release

And last but not least, RISC OS Open have released version 22 of the C tools package. The main development focus for this release was on improving objasm, to add support for the full ARMv7 instruction set, and to add support for some features offered by the assembler available in ARM's RealView package (which has a shared heritage with objasm and the other 'ROOL' tools).

For purchasing information, see ROOL's announcement.

RISC OS 5 news

OMAP4 ROM now available to download

As mentioned in the previous news roundup, Willi Theiss has been working on porting RISC OS to TI's OMAP4. This work has now found its way into ROOL's CVS, allowing them to add a (Pandaboard-compatible) OMAP4 ROM image to the downloads page. However as this is a first release, expect to see a fair number of bugs and missing features.

Raspberry Pi port on the cards

Veteran developer Adrian Lees has expressed an interest in porting RISC OS to the low-cost Raspberry Pi computer. Previously the possibility of a port was put into doubt by the question of whether anyone would have access to the required hardware documentation, but since Adrian works at Broadcom alongside Raspberry Pi Foundation members it sounds like lack of documentation will be the least of his issues.

Bounty pot reaches 1K

The amount of money available to developers through the ROOL bounty system has now reached 1000. However none of the bounties have yet hit their (secret) target values, so it looks like any budding programmers will have to wait a bit longer before they're able to take on any of the tasks listed (unless they want to do it for free!)
 
Correction: As has been pointed out by ROOL, bounties don't have any target funding values. Instead, interested parties merely need to get in touch and say that they're starting work once they feel that the money in the pot has reached an acceptable value. For more info on the workings of the bounty system, see here.

Filesystem bounties

On the subject of bounties, developer Rob Sprowson has recently had a go at analysing all the different filesystem wishlist items and boiling them down to a list of defined bounties, which can be found here. It's probable that this list (or something close to it) will be adopted by ROOL and added to the bounty area of their website in the near future. Not to be content with just making a bounty list, Rob has also had a go at fixing a few filing system bugs recently, mainly focusing around making sure FileSwitch and the filer are happy with files between 2G and 4G in size, as well as fixing a couple of bugs in RPCEmu that stopped large files from working there.

London show approaching

And finally, this is your official reminder that the 2011 RISC OS London show is here in just under two weeks time, on the 29th of October. Apart from the usual names on the exhibitors list it's worth pointing out that there'll be a pre-release version of the Raspberry Pi board on show. And if Adrian hasn't got it running RISC OS natively by the end of the show, it sounds like the RPCEmu team will be there with a copy of the RPCEmu emulator as a fallback. Unfortunately one notable absentee from the exhibitors list is RISCOS Ltd, who are unable to attend due to a clash with another commitment.
 

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Andrew Rawnsley Message #119259, posted by arawnsley at 12:12, 3/11/2011, in reply to message #119258
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Quick, Photoshop him in before the world ends! smile
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keith dunlop Message #119261, posted by epistaxsis at 16:09, 3/11/2011, in reply to message #119259
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That's it!

Th Iconbar advent calender - everyday a new image with the challenge of spotting Martin big grin
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Blind Moose Message #119263, posted by Acornut at 21:55, 3/11/2011, in reply to message #119259
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..Photoshop..
Don't you mean !Photodesk? wink
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qUE Message #119265, posted by qUE at 02:05, 4/11/2011, in reply to message #119263
qUE

Posts: 168
..Photoshop..
Don't you mean !Photodesk? ;)
!Paint
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keith dunlop Message #119266, posted by epistaxsis at 04:26, 4/11/2011, in reply to message #119265
epistaxsis

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..Photoshop..
Don't you mean !Photodesk? wink
!Paint
Which version RO4 or RO5?

tongue
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qUE Message #119271, posted by qUE at 11:42, 5/11/2011, in reply to message #119266
qUE

Posts: 168
..Photoshop..
Don't you mean !Photodesk? ;)
!Paint
Which version RO4 or RO5?

:P
Dunno, I still use RO3 :)
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keith dunlop Message #119272, posted by epistaxsis at 14:15, 5/11/2011, in reply to message #119271
epistaxsis

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..Photoshop..
Don't you mean !Photodesk? wink
!Paint
Which version RO4 or RO5?

tongue
Dunno, I still use RO3 smile
DISCO
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Trevor Johnson Message #119358, posted by trevj at 13:00, 23/11/2011, in reply to message #119199
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It's a bit late now, but BarCamp London 9 would probably have welcomed R-Pi after your show on the Sunday! It might be worth keeping an eye on that for 2012.
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Trevor Johnson Message #119359, posted by trevj at 13:01, 23/11/2011, in reply to message #119272
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Dunno, I still use RO3 smile
DISCO
Isn't that DISURO3?
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