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Acorn Arcade forums: News and features: Virtual Acorn licences RISC OS 4

Virtual Acorn licences RISC OS 4

Posted by Phil Mellor on 02:34, 3/9/2003 | , , , , , , ,
Virtual Acorn have announced the availability of Virtual RPC-SE - the Windows based RISC OS emulator that powers the MicroDigital Alpha notebook - as a standalone product. Now owners of Windows desktop or laptop computers can run RISC OS 4 (provided with VRPC) and RISC OS Select (for paid-up subscribers) easily and legally.

Paul Middleton of RISCOS Ltd said "I am pleased that we have now reached agreement to allow a fully licensed copy of RISC OS to be shipped with the Virtual Acorn Emulator program. Whilst it is regrettable that the RISC OS market has not seen the launch of the planned RISC OS portable computers, this Agreement will allow RISC OS users to continue to enjoy the RISC OS experience on a range of platforms."

This is a remarkable turnaround from RISCOS Ltd's response at last year's AGM, where threats of legal action were rife concerning the Virtual A5000 software. RISCOS Ltd were certainly less than positive about the prospects of emulation in their 2002 annual report. Perhaps this is now a sign of greater co-operation between the new owners of RISC OS, Castle; desktop developers RISCOS Ltd; and their end product partners; which has to be good news.

The release brings into question once again the consequences of emulating RISC OS on Windows/Intel machines instead of running natively on ARM chips, particularly for the future of our software and hardware markets.

Virtual RPC-SE is priced at £159 (£139 upgrade from VA5000), a price that reflects the costs of the RISC OS licence and the emulator's continuing development.

  Virtual Acorn licences RISC OS 4
  (06:46 3/9/2003)
  danielbarron (09:00 3/9/2003)
    monkeyson2 (09:17 3/9/2003)
      Jess (09:06 27/9/2003)
milligoon Message #92459, posted at 06:46, 3/9/2003
Unregistered user It's a shame this wasn't available 2-3 years ago, but well done to all envoled.

No doubt the detractors will be along any time soon!

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Daniel Barron Message #92460, posted by danielbarron at 09:00, 3/9/2003, in reply to message #92459
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Excellent news! Now as soon as they have proper networking support, bridged or even NATed, I'll buy a copy straight away. But without that it's basically useless to me as all I do is web, ssh, email, samba etc.
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Phil Mellor Message #92461, posted by monkeyson2 at 09:17, 3/9/2003, in reply to message #92460
monkeyson2Please don't let them make me be a monkey butler

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Networking support is on the way. I hear even Fresco works.
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Jess Message #92462, posted at 09:06, 27/9/2003, in reply to message #92461
Unregistered user Perhaps last year's anti VA stance was down to the licensing of RO by ROL. ROL weren't allowed to supply a suitable product. With the new Castle ownership, getting ammendments to their license is probably far easier.
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