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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September News round-up
Some things we noticed this month. What did you see?
Demo party release of RISC OS demo
This weekend there will be the graphics demo party at Function 2020 in Hungary. The event is running online so you can attend remotely for free just by signing up.
Stuart Swales talks to Rougol online
Tonight, ROUGOL welcomes Stuart Swales (author of Fireworks, Pipedream 4 and one of the original RISC OS development team) to talk about his experiences. His talk is entitled From Fortran to Fireworkz, a programmer's voyage
RISC OS Direct Videos -4. Networking
The latest edition of the RISC OS Direct Youtube videos (episode 4).
What is your current RISC OS setup? (Justin Fletcher)
Gerph's RISC OS development setup
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RISC OS Open
Charting our way
As countries around the world grapple with the COVID-19, many people will currently be required to stay indoors, or to change their work patterns and switch to video conferencing. Drinking more? Exercising less? It certainly feels like an interesting time to see what the data says about what’s happening in our community.Take a look with us at various metrics from ROOL’s data banks for the period January to April, to see how things looked heading into the “new normal”.
As I’m sure you are all aware, RISC OS Open places our user and developer community at the very top of our list of priorities. In the light of the current pandemic and the very latest advice from the UK Government, we find ourselves in a position of seeing no alternative but to withdraw from all face-to-face social engagements, such as user group meetings and shows, including the up-coming Wakefield Show.
Three interesting topics for our march towards April
With the added productivity of our bonus leap day behind us, there is still a lot to look forward to in the next couple of months. For example:Setting off towards our new RISC OS 5.28 stable releaseJourneying to Wakefield, UK for the 25th WROCC show on 18th AprilReaching new heights of bounty goodness
New Desktop Development Environment reaches out
Last year’s London show saw the snappily titled DDE29 becoming generally available.Packing in some 300 changes, the main highlights are:Latest Norcroft C compilerCode generation now tailored to use ARMv6/v7/v8 extended instructions where possibleOptimisations to substitute selected code sequences with ARMv6/v7/v8 media instructions where possibleInline assembler updated to accept ARMv6/v7/v8 mnemonicsLiteral pool reductions where available and enabled through use of MOVW+MOVTNew intrinsic functions to get access to operations not normally accessible from CABC (the BASIC compiler) now supports hexadecimal entered in mixed caseRevised User Interface Toolbox and ABC manuals plus detailed change logs for all the provided toolsLibrary improvements to the TCP/IP library adds RFC2553 supporting functions, part of the TCP/IP bounty work getting ready for IPv6, and stronger type checking for all functions in the Toolbox libraryDDT (the desktop debugger) now uses the same disassembly engine as other tools, and can step the new instructions which the compiler emitsTechnical enhancements to AMU, CMHG, and ABC’s command line processing
ROOL at the RISC OS South West Show
After a (relatively) mild winter of hibernation, we’re pleased to announce that some of the ROOL team will be making our annual pilgrimage to Bristol for the RISC OS South West Show.
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Microsoft claims to love open source - this alleged leak of Windows XP code is probably not what it had in mind, tho
Software giant is 'investigating', infosec gurus reckon it looks legitThe source code for Windows XP and other elderly Microsoft operating systems appears to have leaked online as the mega-corp's Ignite developer shindig came to an end.
Spain's highway agency is monitoring speeding hotspots using bulk phone location data
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SharePoint Syntex: Microsoft rolls out AI that automatically categorises documents
Starts trying to make fetch happen... build your own models to parse corporate contentIgnite Microsoft's SharePoint Syntex is a new feature of SharePoint online that promises to extract metadata from documents automatically, making it easier to find and categorise information.
First-world problems: The pumpkin spice latte is here, but the Starbucks loyalty card app has wiped my balance
Coffee giant brews UK customers a double shot of cock-upStarbucks' UK rewards card app went down for a prolonged period earlier this week, and a bunch of caffeine fiends are still reporting problems.
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