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 184.108.40.206 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.
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.
Wakefield Acorn & RISC OS Show, 26th April 2014
This year’s Wakefield Acorn & RISC OS Computer Show will be taking place on Saturday 26th April 2014, at its familiar home of the Cedar Court Hotel near Wakefield. Organised by the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club, the north’s premier RISC OS event is now in its nineteenth year.
Acorn port of Acorn imminent
RISC OS 5 users seeking alternatives to Paint may be wondering how the enhancements to GraphicsV will affect them.
SouthWest show reminder
This year's RISC OS SouthWest Show is to be held next Saturday, the 1st of March, at the Webbington Hotel near Weston-super-Mare. The show is planned to run from 10:30 to 4:00, and the list of exhibitors is set to include:CJE Micro's and 4DMartin WurthnerR-CompOrpheus InternetRISC OS Open Ltd (ROOL)John Norris (Bell ringing)Drag & DropArchive & FriendsFortran FriendsOrganizerVarious User GroupsCharity StandA Raspberry Pi Jam will also be held, in order to help raise interest in RISC OS and usher in a new generation of coders.
RISC OS London Show, Saturday 26th October 2013
This year’s RISC OS London Show is on Saturday 26th October, open 11am-5pm, at its usual venue of the St Giles Hotel in Feltham.
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
Today ROOL are celebrating the 20th birthday of the launch of the revolutionary Risc PC.
RISC OS Open at the South West Show tomorrow
We’re all excited about the South West Show tomorrow – we’ve got loads of new stuff to show you, a talk to update everyone about what’s been happening in RISC OS Land and some exclusive show merchandise…See you there!
Meteoric Return to RISC OS
The old favourite game “Meteors” has been added to the ‘Diversions’ in our standard RISC OS disc-based software release. This can be downloaded in the ‘beta’ HardDisc4 image from our downloads page.
More awards for RISC OS Open
We’re very pleased here at RISC OS Open to have received several great awards from this year’s annual RISC OS Awards, over at RISCOSitory.This year, ROOL has won in the following categories: For our NutPi product. Best show of initiative, again for the NutPi. For SDFS – from Piccolo Systems.
The various ROOL volunteers will be having holidays during the Christmas and New Year period. Broadly speaking, this means that for the two weeks from Saturday 21st December through to Sunday 5th January we are likely to be relatively unavailable. So please expect some delays in us responding to any correspondence during that period. Also note there will be delays fulfilling any orders from the ROOL site during this period.Normal service should be resumed from the week commencing Monday 6th January.Have a very merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year, from everyone at RISC OS Open.
And maybe of interest....
US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code
Slow and kludgy rollout will protect corporate profitsUS mobile companies have finally agreed to install free anti-theft software on their products, but not until the middle of next year and they plan to leave it turned it off by default.
Google's latest mega-earnings fail to impress shareholders
What, just $15.4bn? You bore us, Google...It's hard to be disappointed about quarterly revenues of $15.42bn - unless you're Google, that is, and the analysts expected you to bring in even more.
Mounties get their man: Canadian Heartbleed hacker nabbed
19 year-old accused of orchestrating attack on tax serviceAuthorities in Canada have announced the arrest of the man they believe to be behind an attack on the country's tax system using the Heartbleed vulnerability.
IBM's quarterly finances sapped by leech-like hardware division
Won't you please just look at our cloud while we remove this pesky thing, plead execs on callIBM's earnings for the first quarter of the year show that the company's hardware division has turned into a leech sapping Big Blue's profits.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Burnt out on patches this month? Oracle's got 104 MORE fixes for you
Mass patch for issues across its software catalogOracle has released a hefty load of security updates that address a total of 104 different vulnerabilities across its product lines.
Home & Office : The Periodic Table: A Visual Guide to the Elements
A gorgeous presentation of all the elements (we know about). A beautiful guide to the elements. Each one gets a two page (at least) spread with all the normal stats (atomic weight, etc.) plus a ton of other details. Histories, gorgeous photos, facts - you'll REALLY know your elements with this tome. $14.95
Home & Office : Bomb Pen and Explosion Note Pad Set
The sticky pad looks like an explosion and the pen looks like a bomb. Got something explosive to say? Use this pen and note pad set. The pen looks like a bomb and the note pad looks like an explosion. Get it? $9.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Star Wars Athletic Shirt
Work out Star Wars style You've been a fan of Star Wars since 1977 (or whenever you were old enough to watch it), so why not snag a shirt that looks like you've loved it just as long as you've loved the movie? $19.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Punisher Athletic Shirt
For all your Punishing workouts Are you dedicated like the Punisher? We have just the athletic shirt for you. $19.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Vader Athletic Shirt
I am your... trainer. See, if cardio isn't your thing, you can be doing Darth Vader breathing by the end of your workout, which coincides nicely. $19.99
Stuff.tv Latest Gadgets
Win a Tascam DR-60D high quality audio recorder for DSLR and two tickets to Sundance film festival in London
To celebrate the annual return of the Sundance London film and music festival for the third time to The O2, London on April 25-27, Official Provider of the festival, Gibson Brands is offering on lucky Stuff reader the chance to kick-start their feature film ambitions. On the table is a Tascam DR-60D high quality audio recorder, designed for DSLR filmmaking and two tickets Sundance London.As an Official Provider, Gibson Brands will deliver an active music programme with the Gibson...Have you always dreamed of being a film maker? Or even wanted to make those home movies truly worthy of £250? If so, we have just the right thing for you.
It's easy to see why Sony and Microsoft were both keen to have Watch_Dogs as the big launch title for their new consoles, and why gamers around the world were frustrated when it was delayed. Gritty, futuristic, fast-paced and open-world, it's poised to be the thinking person's GTA V. And now, almost two years since Ubisoft first announced it, Watch_Dogs is almost ready. Everything you need to know about the game that'll keep you from getting any natural light this summerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuAbH8Z8iwk
Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept has laser headlights and an invisible bonnet
Don’t think of the Land Rover Discovery Concept vehicle as a capable yet versatile off-road machine, think of it more as a rolling box of future technology on knobbly tyres.JLR’s latest toy, which was launched with all due ceremony in New York yesterday, crams more blue sky thinking into its svelte shell than a Friday afternoon meeting of minds over at Google HQ. It's rare that a concept vehicle is launched with little to no mention of powertrains or chassis design – but...Stuff investigates the car that's "a rolling box of future technology on knobbly tyres"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cww2PIengvc
Pioneer reveals Apple CarPlay-compatible receivers
Apple CarPlay and similarly smartphone-savvy in-car systems are going to be the future of automobile entertainment, navigation and more – but Pioneer has just unveiled the first batch of CarPlay products you can install in your existing car.To date, CarPlay has only been available as an option for those pre-ordering the Ferrari FF, so news that Pioneer is making products you can have in the (non-supercar) motor you already own is certain to excite a lot of people.An upcoming firmware update will make four of the companies in-car infotainment systems CarPlay-friendly
iPhone 6 case leak points to a side-mounted power button
An allegedly genuine iPhone 6 case from a Chinese accessory maker has been picked up by French site Nowhereelse.fr, and it shows off a few button placement tweaks.The largest change is seen in the power button, which has moved from the top of the iPhone 's body over to the upper right hand side, Galaxy S5-style.The next iPhone looks set to have a slight reshuffle to prepare for its larger size
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