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.
Mysterious new product to be announced at London Show
Lots of announcements have been coming in in the past few days in the run-up to this weekend's RISC OS London Show. However I think it's safe to say that the most-talked about news is that of a major new product that's due to be revealed at the show. Said to have been development by a coalition of parties for a year, details of exactly what it is or who is behind it are surprisingly stark. However some sleuths over on the RISC OS Open forums believe they have found the answer, hidden in a series of cryptic messages from R-Comp: A new computer based around the Freescale i.MX6 SoC.
VirtualRPC gets a Spring clean
There is now an update to VirtualRPC for Mac and Windows (a commercial program which has been around for over a decade now). There is a selection of free and commercial emulators on offer for Windows and Mac to 'upgrade' your machine into a RISCOS machine.
RISC OS London Show 2014 [Updated]
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You wait ages for ONE browser update for your Raspberry Pi...
In my personal computer usage, the web browser has always been the weak link on RISC OS so it is really nice to see an update to Netsurf appearing with NetSurf 3.2 being released at the end of August. It looks like essentially a bug-fix and code tidy release, with some incremental improvements to support for CSS handling, but always welcome features.
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.
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
Sharper Tools for Crafting Code
RISC OS Open are pleased to announce the immediate availability of release 25 if the Desktop Development Environment (DDE25). The DDE is the definitive set of tools you need to author applications for RISC OS, and indeed to build the operating system itself.A considerable effort has been made to bring the DDE, C/C++, and Toolbox manuals back up to date. The Toolbox manual was last edited in 1994, so has some 20 years of catch up!The examples provided are now clearer, and make extensive use of the shared makefile scheme, which drastically simplifies building the most common of application and module arrangements.The tools themselves come with comprehensive change logs with fine level detail of bug fixes, but some of the highlights include:CC – the code generator can now optimise specifically for the ARM11 core, as featured on the Raspberry Pi platform, and accepts the #warning preprocessor directive to emit a throwback messageObjAsm – support for optional ARMv7 extensions and ARMv8 opcodes, plus stricter checking and more accurate warning reportingLinker – can now produce ‘Utility’ binaries directly from C object filesDDT – the debugger now works reliably on Cortex-A platforms such as the BeagleBoardMany of the new features and bug fixes are in direct response to
RISC OS London Show 2014
This year, we decided to celebrate the wonderful fact that our growing community of users and developers now spans every corner of the globe by asking some friends to translate our London Show announcement into a variety of languages.Many thanks to Alberto Bonamico (Italian), James Byrne (Japanese), Jose Manuel Ventoso Picos (Spanish), Katalin Szalay (Hungarian, Romanian), Lixin Cheng (Chinese), Martin Würthner (German), Moniek Hopman (Dutch) and Tina Evans (French).
Within the last couple of days, you might have heard about a really nasty security problem that’s so important it has already been given a name and an unofficial logo (!):Shellshock on WikipediaThe server running the ROOL web site was vulnerable to this issue but has been patched, with another patch due for a secondary, much less serious aspect of the bug for which a fix is not yet available.
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.
And maybe of interest....
Sony Pictures in IT lock-down after alleged hacker hosing
Data caches uploaded as hackers deface internal staff boxesSony Pictures is investigating a breach that has seen hackers supposedly steal reams of internal data and splash defacements across staff computers. The company is now in lock-down as it wrestles with the problem.
Abbott scholarship leaker escapes conviction
Freya Newman handed two-year good behaviour bond after revealing secret scholarshipSydney whistleblower Freya Newman has been served a two-year good behaviour bond with no conviction after pleading guilty to illegally accessing and leaking documents about a scholarship awarded to the daughter of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
How secure is Docker? If you're not running version 1.3.2, NOT VERY
UPGRADE NOW to fix vuln found in all previous versionsA nasty vulnerability has been discovered in the Docker application containerization software for Linux that could allow an attacker to gain elevated privileges and execute code remotely on affected systems.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Apple surges in on the BYOD wave
Is your business ready?Apple has wowed consumers with its phone and tablet devices but this is not the only market to embrace its products. Enterprises are snapping up iPhones and iPads in ever increasing numbers.
100 IT workers face the axe at CSIRO
Union says management's version of events is wrong and that one in five will goThe Staff Association at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) reckons that among the nearly 900 jobs being cut from the science agency, IT and comms is to lose at least 119.
Home & Office : Doctor Who 2015 Day Planner
Day planner worthy of a Time Lord. Plan your space-time continuum (at least for 2015) with this day planner. Open up your calendar and start marking your important dates. Each spread shows a full week and includes awesome Doctor Who images. $19.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Nintendo Controller Trifold Ladies' Wallet
Keep your money in a classy looking wallet that looks like a classic NES controller. Keep your money in a classy looking wallet that looks like a classic NES controller. $19.99
Home & Office : Star Wars Art: Posters (Limited Edition)
Star Wars has had some awesome posters. This book celebrates the art of the posters for the whole franchise. Star Wars has had some awesome posters. This book celebrates the art of the posters for the whole franchise. $399.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Doctor
Allons-y! He had that childlike wonder. He was romantic, something that was creepy at first, but it grew on us. He had absolutely no sense of direction. He was handy with a sonic screwdriver. And you know what? We're glad he grew into the teeth. $19.99
Home & Office : Slow Regard of Silent Things Autographed Edition
Discover a young woman. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. Plus, this edition is autographed! Discover a young woman. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. Plus, this edition is autographed! $18.95
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First Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer will premiere this Friday
For months now, Disney and director J.J. Abrams have teased us with scraps of info and imagery about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but our first solid glimpse is coming within days.It will show first in 30 U.S. theaters before expanding internationally
Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 225 brilliant present ideas
We would tell you how many shopping days are left until Christmas, but we don't want to scare you. Don't worry: we're here to help by taking the pain and effort out of your seasonal shopping. In the linked articles, you'll find dozens of inspired gift ideas, all just a click away. Christmas gifts for cyclists, Christmas gifts for fitness fanatics, Christmas gifts for petrolheads… whatever you're looking for, you're sure to find something for that certain...We're publishing a new list of gift ideas every working day of November and into December. Here's everything we've found so far
Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 12 gift ideas for mad scientists
Although all the cool kids at school used to think science was boring, we always knew better. Science offered us untold opportunity for excitement, from the thrill of seeing phosphorus ignite to the hilarity of using a Van de Graaff generator. Or maybe that was just us.We're now all grown up now, but science still excites us. And that's why we've gathered together a dozen brilliant science-focused projects, kits and accessories for our Christmas Gift Guide. From mouse taxidermy kits to virtual reality sensors, we've got the perfect present for the special science geek in your life
Dragon Age: Inquisition
BioWare is the king of roleplaying games. From Baldur’s Gate and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic to Jade Empire and the Mass Effect trilogy, the Canadian developer has honed its craft, delivering games that blend compelling interactive storytelling with tactical combat, exploration and character development.BioWare's fantasy roleplaying series hits its stride in a truly epic third instalment
Audi Prologue Concept shows off the high-tech cockpit of the future
If Audi has its way, we'll all be piloting giant OLED displays on wheels in the future.Well, that's basically what the marque's Prologue Concept suggested when it was unveiled at the LA Auto Show last week, kitted out with not one but four enormous touchscreen displays that will likely have drivers of the future fixated on everything but the road.Multiple touch screens and smartphone sync make your motor cleverer than KITThttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g01oJNyAk_Q
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