Using COMCentre to extend RISC OS into a communication center

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Make a Raspberry Pi running RISC OS into a high-performance communication center for sending and receiving text messages with COMCentre.

When I am out and about, I often take a specially outfitted laptop built on a Raspberry Pi that provides me with mobile communication capabilities (Figure 1). The Rasp Pi offers a multitude of free software, much of it customized to Raspbian Linux, including programs that allow you to send and receive text messages. This article describes an alternative using the RISC OS operating system with the COMCentre communication tool.

You can download COMCentre free of charge from the developer's web page [1]. Under the hood, it is apparent that pieces of this software have been borrowed from Linux tools, which you can use to your advantage when configuring new sticks.


Installing COMCentre is easy. The application just needs to be copied to the directory of your choice. The requirements include !Boot.Resources.!Routines, which are available in RISC OS RC14; also, Filer, the RISC OS system that lets you access filesystem operations, must be acquainted with the AppBasic tool. The program and the additional packages !USBDevSwp and !USBSDvEmu can be downloaded free of charge from the developer's website [1].


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