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Willard Goosey
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I got my RS232 USB adapters to work on RISCOS!

So the serial port is a bit of hardware that Acorn apparently never standardized an API for, and so for a time any 3rd party hardware had to have its own drivers that had different interfaces. Then a hero stepped up and created the "Block Driver" API that provides a standard interface.

The extra layer isn't necessarily a bad thing. SerialUSB, So I've read, is a very good example of a serial port driver with a weird interface, which is understandable since it has to deal with USB complexity. The extra abstraction also allows for things that sort of look like a serial port, like Telnet, to be used though the same API.

First I found the SerialUSB driver and it worked, but only with the baby terminal program it came with. To get the big boy terminal programs (!Connector and !Hearsay) to work I needed the block drivers. And the block driver didn't work! 😣

After much digging in ROOL's forums I found a new "experimental" block driver for SerialUSB and it worked! And some more digging led me to a working telnet block driver, too!


I have 2 rs232 adapters, an FTDI and a Prolific and they both seem happy.

This was harder than it really needed to be but it all works now!πŸ˜€
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RISCOS sucess! A package called RemotePrinterFS provides a proper LPD client, and since I'm already running the CUPS-LPD miniserver for my msdos machines it was just a matter of getting the options right!
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Looks like i spoke to soon. My isp requires outbound email be ssl encrypted and niether tapirmail or popstar can handle that. 😣
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OK! My isp still supports POP3 so I now have 2 email systems (tapirmail and popstar+pluto) working on RISCOS!
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Ethernet adapter for the Pi0 that is supported by RISCOS!
This reminds me of the state of Linux in about 1996... The drivers we have work fine, but you gotta do your research and buy supported hardware...
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No side effect hacks on the Pi!
All models of Raspberry Pi are unaffected by the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. In today's blog post, Eben Upton provides a primer in modern processor design to explain why. If you've been curious about how these vulnerabilities actually work, this is a very good read.
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New book! I mainly got it because it has a section on RISCOS.
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Whi.e the RISCOS PI0 waits for an ethernet adapter it uses the 2017 version of Sneakernet...
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My quest for RISCOS is almost complete! This is the Raspberry PI 0 which has an ARM11 cpu which is ARMv6 which has run all the RISCOS software I've tried.

But of course there has to be something, right? My only USB to Ethernet box was made sometime last century and apparently died of old age while sitting new in box. 😣 I'll have to get a new one next.
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So i got a PI2 specifically to run RISCOS. And guess what, the Pi2 Model B v1.2 uses the same BCM2837 SOC as the Pi3! So that's a Cortex A53 = ARMv8 CPU. Which is exactly what many RISCOS programs don't like!😣

How can i figure out if i want to get into RISCOS development if I can't even run half the programs in the package system?
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