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This website is currently doing service as a repository of software that I have written, and documentation thereof. Some of it is commercial, much is available as free downloads. All of it, at present, is designed to run on RISC OS, a little known but much loved British computing platform supported by the following companies:

RISC OS Developments
RISC OS Open
R-Comp
CJE Micros


News

RISC OS Wakefield Show 2020

Later this year, Wakefield plays host to its 25th anniversary RISC OS show... Hopefully.

20/02/2020

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RISC OS South West Show 2020

See us, along with Evince, updates to Geminus, and perhaps a couple of other goodies at the RISC OS South West Show on the 22nd February.

RISC OS SouthWest Show 2020

My commercially-released software

Below are those programs which I've written and decided are reliable and useful enough to release for others. Some versions have now been released for free, for the benefit of the RISC OS community, but I continue to support and update these programs.

Aemulor - The 26-bit emulator for 32-bit RISC OS machines

Aemulor user guide

Aemulor is the software emulator that allows RISC OS applications which were written for a 26-bit ARM system to be used on more recent CPUs that provide only 32-bit addressing modes. It was originally developed for the XScale-based IYONIX pc, which uses the XScale IOP321.

By exploiting some hardware features that are new in the XScale core and not found on any earlier ARM CPU, and by careful coding to avoid unnecessary CPU load, Aemulor achieves roughly 1/3 native performance.

Since most instructions operate identically in 26- and 32-bit addressing modes, Aemulor achieves its performance by quickly ascertaining which of the application's instructions must be emulated, leaving the rest to execute natively on the XScale CPU. A number of clever tricks and some carefully-tuned code, combined with the fact that any work which the application requests of the underlying OS executes natively, allows Aemulor to achieve much greater performance than anybody ever anticipated.

Aemulor is now available for free download for all current RISC OS machines, with rolling updates to accommodate OS compatibility changes etc and to fix any issues that are discovered.

Download the appropriate version of Aemulor for your machine.

There are some additional resources relating to Aemulor available via the following links:

Aemulor user manual

Technical articles on Aemulor and Aemulor Pro, originally written for Foundation RISC User magazine.

Technical explanation of the operation of Aemulor.
Introduction to Aemulor Pro.

Evince - VNC Suite for RISC OS

Evince is an in-progress development effort to bring a modern, multi-headed VNC client implementation to all RISC OS machines

First demonstrated a the RISC OS London Show in October 2019, Evince currently allows a single RISC OS machine to be used to view and control multiple different machines on the local network, whether they are RISC OS targets, Windows servers, Linux machines or macOS. In this current guise of a multi-headed VNC client, allowing the transparent use of multiple servers, it offers display sharing, keyboard/mouse input, clipboard support, and automatic detection and authentication.

Over time, it is intended that Evince will involve to offer even more transparent operation, including integration of audio input/output, sharing of filing systems and remote adminstration/deployment/testing of software. You can find out more about the development of Evince here.

Geminus - Graphics enhancement software for RISC OS

Geminus main page

Geminus brings multi-monitor support, screen rotation (for LCD panels that can be used in portrait modes), graphics acceleration and faster JPEG rendering to the IYONIX pc desktop.

Other features include the ability to transform/rotate JPEGs, which is available for all RISC OS machines, and Red/Blue colour swapping to support other graphics cards and digital outputs such as DVI (not yet supported by the NVidia driver module).

Future features planned for inclusion in Geminus are low-bpp screen modes for legacy software (currently implemented in Aemulor Pro) and possibly support for remote screens so that you can you extend your desktop over screens connected to other computers, rather than purchasing additional hardware.

Geminus was originally published by Neil Spellings but is now available for the IYONIX pc free here.

Work is under way to bring the features and performance of Geminus to newer RISC OS machines.

Cino - Software DVD player for RISC OS

Cino download

Cino is an ongoing ambitious project to bring DVD support, including full playback of Video DVDs to the RISC OS platform for the first time ever.

The latest code is twice as fast as any other MPEG-2 decoder on the same hardware but still only achieves half the required performance on the IYONIX pc, ie. sustained 12.5fps playback with audio decoding too, primarily because of the high latency of memory accesses that miss the L1 cache (although the CPU isn't ideally suited to decoding video either!) and it is hoped that improvements can be attained through further careful tuning of the memory accesses, and ensuring that data is prefetched and available when needed.

Later Cortex-based SoCs as found on the BeagleBoard, PandaBoard, Raspberry Pi 2-4 and Freescale i.MX6 platforms should be capable of performing software decode even using just the single CPU core supported by RISC OS on those platforms.


RISC OS and the Raspberry Pi

RISC OS has gained more attention in the popular press of late, following the creation of the Raspberry Pi family of single-board computers.

Following my initial port of RISC OS to the Pi in October 2011, whilst I was working at Broadcom, it is now in the hands of RISC OS Open for whom I occasionally do some other development work.


Free Software and Other Developments

Some free software and other development work related to the RISC OS platform.


Photography

Some of my favourite photographs among those I have taken may be found here.


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