Feeds

Acorn mulls RiscOS spin-out

Back at the negotiating table

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

What the hell is a "limited press release"? In Acorn's case it's an announcement concerning plans for Risc OS 4 that: a) doesn't get sent to the press b) is nowhere to be found on its web site -- or buried very, very deep c) takes five days to get posted on Acorn Cybervillage, Stuart Halliday's fine Web site and the fount of all knowledge on things Acorn. The 'press release' slipped out on 25 November at the Acorn Midlands Computer Show ("650 people through the doors on the day!" Apparently). It contains the latest plan, formulated by Acorn and The Steering Group, otherwise known as the Four Wise Men, to spin out Acorn's "stable, mature" Risc OS through a new company -- in exactly the fashion that ARM sprung from the loins of Acorn. This company will have a new name. So we can literally wave goodbye to Acorn hardware. Presumably the CPU of choice for hardware assemblers for the RiscOS 4 would be the StrongARM 120 366MHz chip -- if and when Intel gets round to releasing it. And hopefully, the reference platform will incorporate 100-per cent standard non-proprietary hardware components, so keeping development costs and hardware prices down. But we are running ahead of ourselves. Nothing has been signed, sealed or delivered. Whilst these discussions are at an early stage, both Acorn and the Steering Group are hopeful that an agreement can be reached quickly which will provide a secure roadmap for current and future RISC OS users. We shall see. It's interesting to see Acorn back at the negotiating table with its long-suffering resellers. So guys, the Begemann/Tulip negotiations didn't work out then? In recent months, Acorn has alienated its small but fiercely loyal band of customers and resellers. Most of the IT world thinks Acorn hardware is an evolutionary dead-end -- unfortunately for its users, Acorn appears to agree with this assessment. By its actions, Acorn has demonstrated its unfitness for retaining control over the RiscOS platform. Over the years, the company hobbled its own PC platform by insisting on designing proprietary hardware -- a form of vertical integration that delivered short-term profits at the cost of expensive and late-delivered product. This has to be the Last Chance Saloon -- for Acorn users, as opposed to that very small company called Acorn, sitting pretty on a hefty chunk of ARM shares. The company has a fully occupied design team, and maybe -- just maybe -- it will get to sink its teeth into a slice of the digital set-top pie.® See also
Acorn rebuffs dealer bid
Wise Men save Acorn PC
Acorn scrubs Risc PC 2
Beebug scuttles away from Acorn
Acorn builds Castles in the air
Acorn readers love The Register -- not true

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes
Phone egg, meet desktop chicken - your mother
White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!
Grim diversity numbers dumped alongside Facebook earnings
Microsoft: We're making ONE TRUE WINDOWS to rule us all
Enterprise, Windows still power firm's shaky money-maker
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.