Friday, August 14, 2009

What now?

I've not done anything on ROLF for a few weeks; I've been on holiday. Just before I left, I put the source up on SourceForge, but I didn't advertise it because I didn't have a chance to help anyone crazy enough to try to get it to work. I should have some time now, though.

The code can be accessed by the following command:

svn checkout

There are quite a few areas I'd like to tidy up and debug, but I wondered if anyone had a preference for where I should focus. Some possibilities are:

Create and upload a 25-30MB iso image for people to try out.

Continue working on getting an ARM kernel and build to run on a BeagleBoard.

Speed up the ARM emulator.

Improve the ROLF frontend to NetSurf.

Improve the ROLF frontend to MPlayer.

Get a VNC-based version of ROLF to run on a Nokia 770 (not really a practical platform, in general).



Anonymous Ned Abell said...

Simon, I think the ISO image is a good idea as it would give RISC OS users like myself who also use Ubuntu a taste of how the project is going without getting into svn

9:03 am, August 21, 2009  
Blogger Simon said...

Hi Ned,

I've been concentrating on getting something working on the BeagleBoard, but I'm having a heck of a job getting anything to display on my LCD TV.

However, I've just built an ISO for x86 machines, which I've put up on

It includes a directory of the freely available Computer Concepts ArtWorks images (also available from and a recent copy of !AWViewer (version 2.11, Copyright Computer Concepts Ltd and MW Software) within the !Viewer application to provide the relocatable modules, so !Viewer in /Apps should allow you to view the pictures.

NetSurf is seriously underdeveloped, and in testing doesn't even seem to cope with Google at the moment. If you Adjust (right) click on the NetSurf Iconbar icon, however, it should open Drobe and Iconbar websites.

You might be able to drag and drop a movie file onto MPlayer.

Let me know what you'd like to be fixed first!

9:55 pm, August 26, 2009  

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