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 220.127.116.11 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 the day before London show
In a surprise announcement, ROOL have revealed the existence of "Titanium", a new RISC OS machine based around a dual-core Cortex-A15 SoC. No - it's not CJE's dual-core Cortex A15 IGEPv5 machine - it's an entirely new board design produced by Elesar Limited, and utilising TI's 1.5GHz AM5728 (a cousin of the also-1.5GHz TI OMAP5 used in the IGEPv5). And unlike the IGEPv5 or the Wandboard (as used in R-Comp's ARMX6), which are technically meant to be for embedded or developer/prototyping markets, the Titanium board seems to be aimed squarely at the desktop PC and server markets - it utilises the standard ATX form factor and power connector, has dual DVI video output, dual gigabit Ethernet, four SATA ports, eight USB 2 ports, and even two PCI-E slots.
ROUGOL & London Show news
Bryan Hogan of ROUGOL has got in touch to let us know the details of some upcoming events.
Time for a round-up of recent games news.JASPP to release more classics
Aemulor/Spellings.net account details posted online
According to an email sent out by Neil Spellings this evening, the usernames and hashed passwords of all registered users on the old aemulor.com and newer buyit.Spellings.net websites have been posted online.
Wakefield Acorn & RISC OS Show, 25th April 2015
This year's Wakefield show is due to take place on Saturday the 25th of April, at the usual location of the Cedar Court Hotel near Wakefield. With the doors open from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, this will be the show's 20th anniversary, a major achievement for the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club who are responsible for organising the event.
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
Preview of a whole new RISC OS platform
Visitors to the London show this weekend may wish to drop by the ROOL stand to take a sneak peek at a brand new Cortex-A15 motherboard designed with RISC OS in mind, which has kindly been loaned to ROOL for the duration of the show.
Official DDE gets autumn makeover
Hot on the heels of the recent launch of the three box set of books describing every aspect of the Desktop Development Tools, ROOL have put together an update of the tools themselves.
London show news
We’re packing our kit ready for the London show, which starts at 11am on Saturday 24th October 2015 and look forward to seeing you there.
A trilogy worth of reading matter
First previewed in the theatre presentation at the Wakefield 2015 show in April, ROOL are now shipping from stock three more books for developers, along with another print run of the Style Guide which sold out recently.
Dip your hand into our bonus bin
Frequent visitors of the popular Miscellaneous downloads might have spotted the recent introduction of a bonus binaries archive.If you’re not a developer, it’s probably safe to stop reading now – the HardDisc4 archive contains everything that end users could ever want. Those more adventurous or technically inclined can read on…CC-BY Chris Parfitt
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Lazy IoT, router makers reuse skeleton keys over and over in thousands of devices - new study
SSH logins, server-side HTTPS certs baked in firmwareIt's what we all assumed, but quietly hoped wasn't quite this bad.
Nest defends web CCTV Cam amid unstoppable 24/7 surveillance fears
The truth about camera that seemingly keeps recording even when powered offAlphabet-owned Nest says there is no truth to the allegation that its internet-connected home CCTV cameras continue to record video even when switched off.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Nominet to hike price of UK web domains by 50%
Costs risen considerably, says CEO. Members not persuadedUK registry operator Nominet is planning to increase the cost of .uk domains by 50 per cent starting 1 March 2016, raising questions over its historic nonprofit status.
Samsung yanks plug out of rumors of networking biz sell-off
Everyone else: Samsung has a network business?Samsung is nipping in the bud talk of selling its mobile network business.
Finding security bugs on the road to creating a verifiably secure TLS lib
Microsoft, French bods push for mathematically provable bug-free codeMicrosoft and French research organization Inria have jointly published the source code for a more secure implementation of TLS - hopefully increasing the security of millions online in the process.
T-Shirts & Apparel : Legend of Zelda Link Robe - Exclusive
The hero of legend, the hero of bathtime! The perfect robe for a sick day at home. You know, when you feel a sore throat coming on just as a new game release drops? Stay home as the Hero of Time Off! $49.99
Geek Toys : Street Fighter Ryu Collector's Statue
Hadouken! Limited-edition statues of the iconic Street Fighter Ryu, available in classic white, Evil Satsui blue, or ThinkGeek exclusive gray. Featuring USB-powered LED light-up Hadouken and 4-way spotlight base. Hadouken! $124.99
Home & Office : Star Wars Kitchen Plates
Chewin' with Chewie. This set of 4 Star Wars plates (Darth Vader, R2-D2, Chewbacca, and Yoda) is perfect for smaller dishes and quick meals. $24.99
Home & Office : Death Star Mood Light
Thermal exhaustion ports. Just 6" across, this Death Star Mood Light will fit in anyone's quarters. It glows gently red or white, whichever you choose, with the concave dish composite beam superlaser glowing green. $49.99
Geek Toys : Game of Thrones White Walker Ornament
Three blasts The White Walkers weren't seen for thousands of years - except for that one on your Christmas tree! How'd that get there?! Hang this GoT ornament from your tree to show that you know the importance of the Night's Watch and that Winter is Coming. $12.99
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