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.
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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 22.214.171.124 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 Direct RISC OS release - first impressions
One of the really exciting features of the recent South-West Show was the launch of the RISC OS Direct version on RISC OS. Let us dive in and see what it offers.
South-West Show 2020 Report
The South-West Show took place at it new regular home on a wet, but bright saturday. It was the most positive and exciting show for a long time with lots to see and do. For the first time it was even streamed live on the Internet (but still much more exciting to be there). Here is what I saw wandering around the stands.
South-West Show 2020 talks
Here are my notes from the talks. As usual all errors or omissions are mine.
South-West Show 2020 in pictures
South-West 2020 in pictures. This year I wandered around before the show started to give you a preview of all the stands at the show...
South-West Show 2020 Preview
The South West Show is next Saturday (22nd February). Organised as usual by R-Comp and Orpheus Internet, the show will take place at the Arnos Manor, in Bristol again. The venue is very easy to reach by both car and public transport and you can book a room if you want to stay the night.
RISC OS Open
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.
We're throwing open the doors to our lab
Following a period of beta-testing by a small group of volunteers, ROOL is proud to announce that our GitLab is now accepting sign-ups for anyone wanting to contribute to developing RISC OS. Dive in, the water’s lovely and warm!
Pi rounded up to four
24th June saw the launch of the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s latest pint-sized educational computer – the Pi 4. Sportinga faster Cortex-A72 processormore RAM (model options with 1, 2, or 4GB)built in gigabit Etherneta move to VideoCore VI for 4k graphics at 60fpsand much more besidesThe form factor is largely unchanged, apart from a few connector movements.
Raft of new bounties floated
With the bumper infusion of pledges in our end of 2018 blowout, a number of the previously accumulating bounties have since been claimed by eager developers. That’s left us with some slots to fill for where we want to steer RISC OS next – what big ticket items are missing from everyone’s favourite OS?So we’ve scoured your suggestions, checked the wish list (twice), and unfolded the roadmap to bring this next set to the surface…
And maybe of interest....
F8 accompli: Facebook, Epic Games, Microsoft, Unity abandon conference plans over Wuhan coronavirus fears
Big names drop out of GDC, HP axes partner event, stock markets in free fallGrowing concern over the spread of the novel Wuhan coronavirus has prompted Epic Games, Microsoft, and Unity to announce on Thursday that they are withdrawing from the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next month. Facebook has also cancelled the meet-and-greet part of its F8 developer conference in May.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Never thought we'd write this headline: Under Siege Steven Seagal is not Above The Law, must fork out $314,000 after boosting crypto-coin biz
D-list cinematic eye-gouger catches heat for million-dollar funbucks bungImprobable Hollywood ninja Steven Seagal has been fined by America's financial watchdog for hiding details about a paid promotion he did for a crypto-coin investment upstart.
Campaigners cry foul play as Oracle funds conservative lobby group supporting its court case against Google
Google-funded think tanks need to sit back and, er, have a thinkCampaigners have reacted angrily to Oracle's decision to fund the Internet Accountability Project (IAP), a lobby group which has - surprisingly enough - supported Oracle's claim against Google in the US Supreme Court.
Review of IR35 is in: Quelle surprise, UK.gov will forge ahead with controversial tax reforms in the private sector
Soz contractorsIn a move that will surprise absolutely no one, Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will push ahead with controversial IR35 tax reforms to the disappointment of contractors that hoped the regulation would be halted.
Total Inability To Service User Pulls: GitHub wobbles with a good old Thursday TITSUP
Hey - there's always Visual SourceSafe, right?Source shack GitHub has taken a tumble today with many users finding pretty much all of its services either degraded or borked beyond belief.
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