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 126.96.36.199 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....
Ethics boffins say Facebook's experiments not SO creepy
A little consent would have gone a long wayThe Ethical Research Project has weighed into the argument over the ethics of Facebook's "creepy" social contagion research, doing the unthinkable: actually asking ordinary punters how they feel about being lab rats.
FTC: We've put '$100 MEEELLION phone bill fee cram scam' on ice
Judge grants order against firms accused of luring people into premium texts subsThe US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is suing six companies that allegedly unfairly crammed $100m in text message charges onto victims' bills.
Forrester says Australia, not China, is next boom market for cloud
It's cloudy but fine down under, analyst saysCloud vendors that have done alright in Europe and North American should head to Australia to find their next growth market, according to analyst outfit Forrester.
NBN Co pricing under spotlight
Hated CVC prices could be cutNBN Co is considering revising its wholesale pricing model, and has approached the industry for comment.
Senate introduces USA FREEDOM Act to curb NSA spying excesses
Good news if you're an American, less so for everyone elseSenator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has introduced the USA FREEDOM Act to the Senate and claims, that, if passed, the legislation will severely curtail the amount of mass surveillance that can be carried out by the NSA and others - provided you're a citizen of the land of the free.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Tools : Leaf On The Wind Key Chain-Pendant
The wind can blow you in many different directions. But one thing is always true, no matter where the wind blows you, you'll be flying! Serenity can mean many things. To some it's a state of mind, to others it's a Series 3 Firefly ship. We're the latter, and that's why we love this keychain/pendant thingie. $14.99
Home & Office : Exclusive Rubiks Cube Fridge
Puzzling how awesome it is It's a Rubik's Cube for your food. Keep it warm or keep it cold, in the office or in your car, your Rubik's Fridge is ready for anything. $149.99
Home & Office : Star Trek 3-Piece Bath Towel Set
To boldly bathe A 3-piece set of Star Trek towels, as they might have appeared on the original Enterprise. Body, hand, and face towel included, each with different embroidered decoration. $49.99
Geek Toys : Breaking Bad 18in Teddy Bear
Breaking Bear Get the same look of the prop for a fraction of the cost with this 18" Breaking Bad Pink Teddy Bear. Put it on a shelf for display. Tuck it away with your other stuffed animals. Either way, it's bound to make an impact upon discovery. $29.99
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Sharks Cove is Microsoft's answer to Raspberry Pi
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