RISC OS runs on fastest hardware ever

hugo tyson

We tried to make a full-featured OS for ARM in 1985....


...but the Americans made it so overcomplicated that it was doomed to be too late.

Interestingly even at the start of that, I and a couple of colleagues tried to get essentially an Arthur made first, but the management were certain the hardware would take at least as long as ARX.

The BSD 4.3 port was OK, but the early ARM VM hardware had a fixed size associative page table, (so if you add more RAM the pages get bigger, not more) with far too few pages to run unix without a lot of swapping. Remember VAX pages were 128 bytes, in RISCiX they were 4k IIRC!

...It's Beer O'Clock....

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