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Offline beakster2

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #15 on: June 25, 2010, 04:10:21 PM »
OS4 is crying out for something like this.  It would really kickstart the community if we could get a little board like that which could run OS4.

With the low resource requirements and super quick boot times of OS4, coupled to something like that I can see so many potential commercial opportunities for it (kiosks, POS terminals, bus/airplane entertainment ).

So what is stopping someone making a cheap little board like that with a PPC processor?
 

Offline the_leander

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #16 on: June 25, 2010, 04:20:13 PM »
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So what is stopping someone making a cheap little board like that with a PPC processor?


The PPC processor, basically. Outside of telecoms and games consoles they're not very common these days.

Note Dammy's post about the new Effika MX systems - both are produced in relatively small quantities and use ARM yet offer prices and performance competitive with the X86 netbook and nettop markets.

If you want cheap but are allergic to x86, your options are MIPS or ARM.
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Offline AJCopland

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #17 on: June 25, 2010, 04:20:13 PM »
You mean like the Efika?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EFIKA

Everyone complained about how low-end and slow it was/is.
I don't know of any PPC cpus you can get though that would be that cheap.

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Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #18 on: June 25, 2010, 05:07:20 PM »
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Compared to $1500 pounds that Amiga will cost you....
 
OUCH...that stings.

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Actually you should ask The Register this question, since Crom00 is quoting the article.
 
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/06/25/riscos_beagleboard/page2.html
 
And new RISC OS hardware has never been so cheap: the official price of the board in its home state of Texas is $149, which with trans-Atlantic markup converts to about £120 in the UK. You'll need some basic RISC OS-fu to get it up and running, but compared to the £1500 that the new Amiga will cost you, it's a bargain.
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Offline Varthall

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #19 on: June 25, 2010, 06:10:46 PM »
Interesting stuff. I won't ditch my 1GHz AmigaOne for a 720MHz machine, though, whatever the price.

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Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #20 on: June 25, 2010, 07:11:11 PM »
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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? ;)


Meh, it's a beagleboard, I got one, and I run Ångstöm Linux on it :) The board is nothing new, it's beena round for quite some time, I bought mine  mabe 2 years ago for development for the Pandora :)
 

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Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #21 on: June 25, 2010, 07:46:24 PM »
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UAE will be slow on it. But VICE shall fly.


Nah. the Pandora port of UAE runs OCS/ECS games fullspeed so I see no reason why the Beagleboard should be slower, but then ofcource you need to have Linux installed on the beagleboard :)

Edit:
A quite nice online builder of Ångström :)
http://www.angstrom-distribution.org/narcissus/
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Offline dammy

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #22 on: June 25, 2010, 09:48:07 PM »
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You mean like the Efika?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EFIKA

Everyone complained about how low-end and slow it was/is.
I don't know of any PPC cpus you can get though that would be that cheap.


Try looking at the ARM based EFIKA-MX: http://www.genesi-usa.com/products
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Offline KThunder

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #23 on: June 25, 2010, 09:57:56 PM »
Not knowing much about riscos os or the beagleboard (little more than that they are cool) Is this a similar concept to running Aros on a Pico-itx?

I read about riscos on old-computers.com a few months ago...
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Offline kolla

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #24 on: June 25, 2010, 10:01:56 PM »
Why not AROS on beagleboard? AROS also has ARM support.
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Offline ajlwalker

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #25 on: June 25, 2010, 10:02:03 PM »
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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.


Yes, but isn't it interesting that the comments spend more time discussing the C64?

Only one mention of Amiga and that comment has nothing to do with the price.

I also note that when it is the register saying the X1000 is an Amiga, nobody here is criticising saying, "it isn't an Amiga, not any more than any other modern PC".

Get a life people.
 

Offline KThunder

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #26 on: June 25, 2010, 10:15:21 PM »
don't we have enough threads about the x1000?
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Offline Gulliver

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #27 on: June 25, 2010, 10:23:09 PM »
Do not atempt to infringe damage on our OS4 sect!

We will pursue and destroy all non believers.

X-1000 is the next coming of our saviour

This is the only true religion, world domination is just around the corner!


Now seriously, is the RiscOS port on the beagleboard mature enough? It sounds really interesting.
« Last Edit: June 25, 2010, 10:25:24 PM by Gulliver »
 

Offline Dementhor

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #28 on: June 25, 2010, 11:33:07 PM »
Quote from: kolla;567274
Why not AROS on beagleboard? AROS also has ARM support.


Well, wouldn't it make more sense on Pandora then? It comes with keyboard and display pre-installed, in quite a nice pocketable case too ... Same goes for the RiscOS actually.
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Offline the_leander

Re: Another Retro Computer returns from the ashes
« Reply #29 on: June 26, 2010, 12:09:42 AM »
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Yes, but isn't it interesting that the comments spend more time discussing the C64?


That would be because most of the folks who would be interested in this sort of thing are genuine retro geeks.

Quote from: ajlwalker;567276


I also note that when it is the register saying the X1000 is an Amiga, nobody here is criticising saying, "it isn't an Amiga, not any more than any other modern PC".

Get a life people.


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