Although my goal was to have a media centre, I decided to go with the Raspbian/RISC OS install despite liking OpenELEC very much (I might get a larger SD card so I can have them all later!).
And so, with RISC OS installed I bravely set out to make it my new media machine.
My first impressions of RISC OS
Not really first impressions, as such, because I used the original Archimedes machines back in the nineties, however I had forgotten much.
RISC OS for the Raspberry Pi looks really good! I thought it would look dated immediately, but you could be fooled into thinking that this is a modern operating system. Considering RISC was new at the same time as Windows 3.1 it has a lot going for it.
First up come the context sensitive menus, which incorporate edit boxes.
|RISC context menus were ahead of their time.|
I also love the fact that you can press F12 to bring up the BASIC interpreter, or type Operating System commands (I'll probably do a whole post about this later).
I was also pleasantly surprised that there is an app store for RISC OS. It is called the Pling Store (Pling is the British name for the '!' symbol used in computing). The store seems to have a fairly comprehensive list of software, most of which is free and I will most likely do another future post on this too).
Some negative points. You do need a three button mouse to get anywhere with RISC OS. A two-button mouse with a scroll wheel works just as well, but there are no keyboard shortcuts like in Windows.
RISC OS media centre
I found an app called DigitalCD in the Pling Store. DigitalCD was written by Andre Timmermans (+1 Geek experience point awarded). It comes with some very easy to follow installation instructions for those of us who are RISC OS noobs. I put some MP3 files on a memory stick and plugged into the fourth USB port of the pi. I created a playlist and the job was done.
|DigitalCD running under RISCOS on my Raspberry Pi 2|
So that's my first day as a RISC OS user and I am looking forward to exploring this machine further.
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