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Offline the_leander

Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« on: June 25, 2010, 02:31:33 PM »
This one is for my fellow Brits: RISC OS returns on new cheap hardware.

Still early days of course, but the specs are interesting:

720MHz ARM CPU
PowerVR graphics
256Mb of RAM onboard
Ultra small form factor (nano itx or thereabouts).
RISC OS5

Price? £120

Hmm, anyone else here something that sounded like the pin being pulled on a grenade just then? ;)
Blessed Be,
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Offline dammy

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2010, 02:47:09 PM »
Quote from: the_leander;567180
This one is for my fellow Brits: RISC OS returns on new cheap hardware.

Still early days of course, but the specs are interesting:

720MHz ARM CPU
PowerVR graphics
256Mb of RAM onboard
Ultra small form factor (nano itx or thereabouts).
RISC OS5

Price? £120

Hmm, anyone else here something that sounded like the pin being pulled on a grenade just then? ;)


Yeah, EFIKA-MX would probably be a better deal then the Beagle once you add in items to make them comparable.  $300 EFIKA-MX netbook isn't that much more really.
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Offline Crumb

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2010, 02:47:32 PM »
@the_leander

I think some people in our market should learn from it.
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Offline drHirudo

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2010, 03:02:08 PM »
Quote from: the_leander;567180
This one is for my fellow Brits: RISC OS returns on new cheap hardware.

Still early days of course, but the specs are interesting:

720MHz ARM CPU
PowerVR graphics
256Mb of RAM onboard
Ultra small form factor (nano itx or thereabouts).
RISC OS5

Price? £120

Hmm, anyone else here something that sounded like the pin being pulled on a grenade just then? ;)

Cool, I was interested in RISCOS some weeks ago. I am Amiga user, but for £120 I would give it a try. Is RISCOS included in the price?

Offline Crom00

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2010, 03:07:43 PM »
Quote from: drHirudo;567189
Cool, I was interested in RISCOS some weeks ago. I am Amiga user, but for £120 I would give it a try. Is RISCOS included in the price?




Compared to $1500 pounds that Amiga will cost you....

OUCH...that stings.
 

Offline gazgod

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2010, 03:07:44 PM »
There was one of these boards at VCF, as riscos is not and operating system I know much about (school was still BBC's and college was mainly 286s and XTs) I didn't make much of it. But my buddy who grew up with BBC/Acorn was very impressed.

Offline jorkany

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2010, 03:08:38 PM »
Price? £120

Clearly intended only for developers and power users!
 

Offline the_leander

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2010, 03:10:42 PM »
Quote from: drHirudo;567189
Cool, I was interested in RISCOS some weeks ago. I am Amiga user, but for £120 I would give it a try. Is RISCOS included in the price?


Free is a magic number.
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Offline Amiga_Nut

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2010, 03:17:56 PM »
I wasn't interested in the OS or serious applications but the actual Archimedes was one hell of a nice machine potentially for games. Due to hardly any sales not many talented coders risked time and effort on the machine but Zarch is an absolute classic and still looks good today with it's 256 colour depth cued graphics.

So my question is can I run Zarch on this board or just serious apps like Artisan?
 

Offline drHirudo

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2010, 03:22:26 PM »
Quote from: Crom00;567190
Compared to $1500 pounds that Amiga will cost you....

OUCH...that stings.


Why do you care how I spend MY money?

Offline ElPolloDiabl

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2010, 03:25:23 PM »
Put one of these in your car and have some retro games running.
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Offline AJCopland

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2010, 03:25:27 PM »
I liked using RiscOS on the Archimedes at my secondary school, the machine was a real eye opener performance/power wise compared to PCs/Macs etc at the time.

Oh and there's a 1GHz Beagleboard in development at the moment too, with 512MB memory.
http://beagleboard.org/hardware-xM

Andy

Offline drHirudo

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2010, 03:27:21 PM »
Quote from: ElPolloDiabl;567198
Put one of these in your car and have some retro games running.

UAE will be slow on it. But VICE shall fly.

Offline the_leander

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2010, 03:35:30 PM »
Quote from: drHirudo;567197
Why do you care how I spend MY money?


I don't think he meant it that way - I think he was simply comparing this over the X1000. Something I should point out the article does too.
Blessed Be,
Alan Fisher - the_leander

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Offline Hattig

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2010, 03:55:01 PM »
Yay co-operative multi-tasking!

Still, they were nice machines back in the day. And this is a pretty cheap option.