RISC OS Open is ten years old!

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rool_text_reflectA lot of you will remember the sorry state of RISC OS prior to the founding of RISC OS Open back in 2006.

RISCOS Ltd and Castle Technology were fighting with their own branches of the operating system, 26-bit RISC OS 4 & 6 and 32-bit RISC OS 5. Both closed source, and both running on limited hardware. Your choice was to run RISC OS 5 on an Iyonix, a sort-of 32-bit version of RISC OS Adjust on the A9Home or you’d have to opt for a legacy machine, a such as the RiscPC. All of which were not the cheapest to get your hands on, especially if you opted for a MicroDigital Omega and never saw your machine or your money again.

Thankfully, things have moved on massively since – and not only is RISC OS now open-source, it is developing at an ever-growing pace. The range of hardware to run it on is now mind-blowing, be it a DIY option such as a Beagle/Pandaboard or the Raspberry Pi, or a commercial solution such as the ARMX6 or the Rapido IG.

None of this could have been possible without the tireless work from the guys over at RISC OS Open – who since their inception have worked has been an enterprise powered by the efforts of people working in their spare-time and not for a profit.

RISC OS has never been in better shape – the userbase is growing, software development is active, heck there’s even a commercial games scene now – a sight I never thought I’d see again after the Artex Software’s departure from the RISC OS market following the release of TEK 1608 in 2002.

Thanks for the hard work ROOL – and here’s to the next ten years!

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