RISC OS is the superbly efficient operating system designed in the 1980's by Acorn Computers, and its latest incarnation is used by thousands of people around the world. However, many may never have even heard of RISC OS - so if you're one of them, you've come to the right place.
Pre-dating both Windows and Mac OS to use a task bar or 'Dock', RISC OS includes many revolutionary features which are only just being copied by other systems. Its anti-aliased font technology is still the envy of the computer world and its drag 'n' drop, stackable windows GUI, flexibility and ease of use make it arguably the most productive computer system in the world today.
Thousands of applications and utilities are available, often developed by small companies and individual users, mean that you should be able to find software on RISC OS to cater for all your computing requirements. It is hoped that new developers will come on board to help promote and enhance RISC OS even more.
RISCOS.org seeks to not only introduce newcomers and experts alike to this wonderful system, but to act as a resource centre and help forum for existing users around the world. Our software database is probably the most comprehensive repository of RISC OS links anywhere on the internet, and we update it frequently with new releases.
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BBC4's Micro Men: an interview and review
Ahead of tonight's Micro Men programme, which charts the rivalry between Sir Clive Sinclair and Acorn Computers in the early 1980s, drobe.co.uk spoke to the film's producer, Andrea Cornwell, to find out more about the show - and now you can read our review of the film
'Threaded' Firefox for RISC OS build released to test
An experimental build of the RISC OS port of Firefox that promises a smoother experience has been released for people to test. You'll need the latest 188.8.131.52 version and then replace its executable with the one from here. The technical bit: developer Peter Naulls has moved the browser's polling for user interaction into a separate thread to aid multitasking with the rest of the RISC OS desktop.
In brief: Acorn World show this weekend
Archive editor Jim Nagel summarises what to expect at the retro-themed show. Official website here [Update 2] A report by iconbar.com's Phil Mellor of the sell-out show is here - with pictures
RISCOScode.com webzine publishes autumn issue
Drobe man Martin Hansen has updated his personal web publishing endeavour, RISCOScode.com, with a new issue for the autumn. It includes interviews with an organiser of the inaugural London RISC OS show, to be held in October 2009, and Richard Hallas, plus more bits and pieces. Go check it out. It's free.
Tanks a lot! Double USB toy driver joy
RISC OS USB guru Dave Higton has released drivers for two remote-controlled gadgets: an 'executive mayhem' tank and a mini car. Get ready to order your armoured, missile-firing kit into position and destroy your office colleagues, or instead swap your computer's circuits for your own race track with a remote-controlled banger. The source code is available and the software should work on Simtec and Castle USB stacks.
RISC OS Midsummer MUG Show 2014 - Saturday 12th July
The RISC OS Midsummer Mug Show 2014 takes place on Saturday 12th July 11:00am - 16:30pm at St John's Church Hall, 205 Warwick Road, Kenilworth CV8 1HY.
Getting FAT32FS working on a RiscPC with a Castle USB Card
I have a RISC OS 4.39 RiscPC with a Castle USB card and Compact Flash card reader attached. This uses Castle‘s !SoftSCSI to access the flash cards.
Latest Archive is dropping onto a door step near you....
It has been a while since we flagged up Archive magazine (which continues to be published regularly and has a very 'retro' website). So the recent arrival of the latest release seems a good excuse to review it...
The Icon Bar needs YOU
Are you tired of looking at the front page and seeing those same old articles from over a year ago?Have you noticed we haven't done anything new for April Fools day for several years?Have you noticed how most of our show announcements are dangerously close to being made too late?Do you have a keen interest in RISC OS?Are you capable of forming basic sentences?Do you enjoy working long hours for no pay and little reward?If you answered YES to all of the above, then good news! We're looking for new writing staff to supplement the current lot, most of whom left the RISC OS scene behind a long time ago, or are far too busy with other things to update the site on a regular schedule.
Chris Jordan, Music500, ArcElite @ ROUGOL on 21 Apr 2014
At the next meeting of the RISC OS User Group Of London on 21st April 2014 we are very pleased to have Chris Jordan as our guest speaker. Chris had a long involvement with Acorn, all the way through the Beeb and Archimedes era.
ConfInfo 1.14 released
ConfInfo is a PD application that collects lots of configuration and status information about a RISC OS computer by running various commands and putting the output into a text file, so that this can be provided to people or organisations offering technical support.
Charm version 2.6.2 released
Charm version 2.6.2 [32 bit] the set of high level language tools and demos for RISC-OS computers and emulators is now freely available under the terms of the GNU GPLv3 license.
Charm version 2.6.0 released
Charm version 2.6.0 [32 bit,VFP] the set of high level language tools and demos for RISC-OS computers and emulators is now freely available under the terms of the GNU GPLv3 license.
Charm version 2.5.8 released
Charm version 2.5.8 [32 bit] the set of high level language tools and demos for RISC-OS computers and emulators is now freely available under the terms of the GNU GPLv3 license.
Charm version 2.5.6 released
Charm version 2.5.6 [32 bit] the set of high level language tools and demos for RISC-OS computers and emulators is now freely available under the terms of the GNU GPLv3 license.
RISC OS Open
Raspberry Pi Model B+
The folks at the Raspberry Pi Foundation have been busy producing an enhanced version of everybody’s favourite credit card sized ARM11 computer, to arrive at the “Model B+”.This mirrors the line up that Acorn provided with it’s educational microcomputer range in the 1980’s – the cut-down Model A, the more common Model B, and an enhanced Model B+.The Model B+ has a number of features including doubling the number of USB sockets and switching to a micro SD card for booting and storage.Fortunately RISC OS Open have had the inside track on this new development ahead of time and Ben Avison of Piccolo Systems has been able to update the SD card filing system hardware drivers to talk to the changed hardware.Users of the Model B+ should ensure that they use the RC12A beta release of the software, as this includes the necessary changes but is otherwise identical to the RC12 download.To jump start your adventures into the Model B+ you might want to buy this on a ready-to-go micro SD card from the ROOL Store. The great value NutPi is also now available in micro SD card format.Due to the popularity of anything new from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, please be aware that stocks may become exhausted quickly or be subject to longer than normal despatch times.
Save a Frog!
Many users might remember playing the BBC Micro version of Hopper (Acornsoft, 1983) having loaded all its 8 colour goodness off an audio cassette.
Happy birthday, BASIC
To celebrate the 50th birthday of the BASIC programming language, we are very pleased to announce the release of RISC OS Pico. This is a very cut-down RISC OS for the Raspberry Pi that boots directly into BASIC, just like on the Beeb.
Today ROOL are celebrating the 20th birthday of the launch of the revolutionary Risc PC.
And maybe of interest....
NO SALE: IBM won't cash in its chips with GlobalFoundries after all
Chip fab firm wanted IBM's brains but thought its facilities had 'little or no value' - reportIBM's hopes of unloading its loss-making semiconductor division to GlobalFoundries have reportedly been dashed, with GlobalFoundries refusing to budge on price.
Bose decides today IS F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent spat
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pieAudio thing maker Bose is suing Apple-owned Beats Electronics, alleging patent infringement.
Google to feed machines with evidence of human physical weaknesses - and that's a good thing
Don't panic, citizen. These computers are your frieeeendsGoogle's X laboratory is working with a team of biologists and geneticists to analyze human frailties using the web giant's computing might.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Rackspace touts cloudy, single-tenant OnMetal servers to world+dog
Pricing revealed for dedicated boxes that provision like cloudsUnderdog cloud provider Rackspace has announced pricing for its new OnMetal servers, which it has made generally available on Friday following a limited trial phase.
In the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave ... you can legally carrier unlock your own phone
Once Obama signs law passed today by House of RepsHere at Vulture West, we're looking out for porcine aviators: the usually divided US House of Representatives unanimously passed a law allowing people who've bought phones to actually unlock the things from their carriers.
Home & Office : Gumball Machine Fishbowl
Home & Office : Star Trek Klingon D'k tahg Letter Opener
Today is a good day to... open your mail. Open your snail mail like a true warrior with this Klingon d'k tahg letter opener. Zinc alloy metal for a hefty feel. Today is a good day to open your mail. $24.99
Home & Office : Poo Pourri Master Crapsman Gift Set
Control your dirty little secret Uses essential oils to create a barrier on top of potty water, BEFORE you add your stuff to it. This prevents smells from escaping! Yup, you spray, then you poop, then you enjoy the not-stink. $19.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Totoro Coin Purse
Everybody's favorite neighbor. Eats money. What more perfect container to keep your change in than these Totoro Coin Purses? They come in Oh-Totoro (grey) or Chu-Totoro (blue). Let us surprise you pleasantly, just like Totoro would. $19.99
TL;DR Top Ten List: Top 10 Fictional Curse Words!
In our experiences, top ten lists normally have two flaws: they're poorly formatted for quick reading and they are normally wrong. Just check all the comments of any top ten list, and you'll see lots of other folks think the list is wrong, too. With our TL;DR Top Ten Lists, we're going to fix both problems... with your help. We're just gonna give you a couple of things on our top ten list (to make it faster to read), and you fill out the rest in the comments below (to make sure the list is accurate). Add to the list, argue with us, argue with each other, but most importantly be nice and have fun.
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Get your Mac ready for OS X Yosemite
Apple fanboy? Then you'll be wanting to install the open beta of OS X 10.10 Yosemite on your shiny MacBook or iMac. Well DON'T DO ANYTHING YET.Sorry for shouting, but this is important.Yes, we know you’ve read our hands-on preview, signed up, received your email from Apple and are just about to install - but wait. Yosemite is beta software. It’s not fully baked.How to back-up your Mac or create a Yosemite partition - with ease
Google's new project: the perfect human body
Google has embarked on an ambitious new project; an attempt to build a database of what a healthy human being should be.Dubbed Baseline Study, the project will kick off with researchers collecting anonymous genetic and molecular information from 175 people.The study will then draw information from thousands more in a bid to create a picture of a person in perfect health.It is hoped that the data collected will be used to help detect diseases, such as cancer and heart disease, much earlier...The Big G's attempting to paint a picture of ideal human health
Oyster gets old: TfL will support contactless payments from 16th September
Transport for London has announced that, from 16th September, contactless payment will be available for all customers on London’s Underground, Overground, DLR and Tram networks, as well as the capital’s buses.That means if you have a contactless card or other device, you’ll be able to use it much like you currently use an Oyster card. The system has been available on buses for around 18 months already, and its success, as well as that of a 3,000-customer pilot scheme, has led...Contactless credit, debit and pre-paid cards and some EE phones will soon get you round London, much like an Oysterhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwHeaZJQm3k
Sony Xperia Z3
Sony only introduced the Xperia Z2 this April, and it remains one of our favourite smartphones – but despite that it's not long for this world.Just as it did last year with the Xperia Z and Z1, the company is plotting to replace its flagship a mere six months later. And unsurprisingly, its successor at the top of the Sony smartphone tree will be called the Z3. Everything we know so far about Sony's second flagship smartphone of 2014
Rumour: Apple to launch 4K iMac and Retina display MacBook Air in October
October could be a big month for Mac users, if a report by 9to5Mac turns out to be correct: the site claims the month will see the full release not only of OS X Yosemite, but also of a 4K iMac desktop and 12in Retina display MacBook Air.And OS X Yosemite too? It's going to be a big month for Mac fans, if reports are to be believed
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