That would be the RISC OS port.
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Been there, I typoed the default gateway when remote configuring a new physical server. No ILO or iDrac either. Oops... (Though it wasn't yet live, thank $DEITY).
I was preparing myself to have to take that long journey to the data centre to fix it at the console, when it dawned on me that I had access to another box on the same subnet. Thankfully this worked and I was able to SSH in and sort it from my desk, but that was a really close shave. Almost too close.
Oracle is a bargepole situation. They have form for being downright evil.
I did test their distro on an old Atom box. It installed (eventually), and booted into their Unbreakable kernel. Which caused dnf to crash with an illegal instruction after hosing the RPM database irreparably. Reinstalling and forcing the boot to use the RH-compatible kernel dnf worked.
Hmm. Did I manage to break their unbreakable kernel?
This. It may be free now, but down the road they can introduce a feature, enabled by default and buried in the release notes state it is chargeable. Then audit you down the road. I would not like to be in that position. Also, they have form in demanding payment out of the blue for something that was once free. *cough* Java *cough* Putting that sort of liability on my employer is not something I will risk my job for.
I have slammed the brakes on our CentOS 8 upgrade plan, and will wait things out to see what happens regarding alternatives.
I am no fanboy, but Apple have been part-owners of ARM since the Acorn days, thus most likely had more close involvement in it than pretty other manufacturer (maybe aside from Broadcom, who acquired Element 14, which was previously known as.... yup, Acorn.)
Linux on ARM started life as a port to run on Acorn kit. I remember seeing it run on an Archimedes machine. Okay, it was slow as hell, but seeing it able to do stuff on an 8MHz box was an achievement.
(And knowing how well RISC OS ran on it, it still feels blisteringly fast on the original Raspberry Pi.)
My ex-wife's Blu phone kept turning the mobile data on by itself, so I installed a profile action thingy that has the action of disabling mobile data when the phone was unlocked. No such misbehaviour on any HTC, Huawei(!), Samsung or Motorola device I've had.
As for scanning WiFi when switched off, that is switchable under Location Settings (on my Moto One Hyper).
Exactly, last Christmas I migrated my mum from Win7 (after it keeled over irreparably) to CentOS 8, with a desktop interface made from IceWM and ROX-Filer. (Her other daily driver is an Acorn RiscPC.) Having been using Firefox, Thunderbird and LibreOffice on Windows, migrating these was a doddle and she had no trouble adjusting to the new reality.
I've not tried it with a ruggedised case as I have no need for that. However, a case designed for that phone will most certainly take it into account.
One other thing for Motorola, they provide a rubber case with their phones, and to date I haven't lost a screen yet from accidentally dropping the things.
About 10 years ago I used the Paragon driver on evaluation for a project I was working on for my then employer. The USB disc I was using to test it with happened to have a bad sector, and I got quite the surprise when the NTFS driver triggered a kernel panic when it hit it. It wasn't so much that it was faster, they wanted a driver that had commercial support. However, when we raised the issue of a kernel panic on a bad sector we were completely ignored. We weren't a small company either, only a multi-national that has graced these pages several times in the past. I successfully steered the powers that be in the direction of the NTFS-3G drivers that were not only free, but far more stable.
I did this last year to retrieve data from a failed Acorn Risc PC hard disc. In this instance I used a USB to IDE adapter, so ran the disc in the freezer! The image was then transferred to an SD card, and with a suitable adapter the Risc PC now uses that as its hard disc - and it now runs faster than ever.
Back in the day, some BASICs were zero-based, so DIM a(10) had subscripts that went from 0 to 9, others went from 1 to 10. As an aid to portability, BBC BASIC went full Spinal Tap and the above statement allowed subscripts 0 to 10, thus allowing 11 members.
WHILE/ENDWHILE only appeared in BBC BASIC V for the Archimedes and later.
BBC BASIC is still being developed in three branches - firstly RISC OS continues to be developed and is now open source, BBC BASIC for Windows has branched to BBC BASIC for SDL2 and is now cross-platform, and the open-source Brandy BASIC still sees development on the Matrix Brandy fork.
My bodge was a hacked straight Ethernet cable modified to work as a cross-over E1. It looked ugly as hell and was complained about by our data centre manager every time he visited the place. We did try to replace it with a properly crimped E1 cross-over cable, which was met by our call centre going offline. The bodge was reinstated and the call centre came back.
It was finally retired when we changed call centre operators to one which received calls via SIP.
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