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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Rougol May Talk
Just a reminder that Rougol have their regular monthly online talk on monday night.
Spy Mission: The Ice caves of Dr. Atom reviewed
The latest game from Amcog is a sideways scrolling shoot-em-up.
Drag'n'Drop 10i5 edition reviewed
The Spring edition of Drag'n'Drop magazine is now available..
Cloverleaf campaign goes live
Stefan has relaunched his Cloverleaf campaign on Kickstarter. He explains it much better than me in his email, so over to Stefan...
After a 20 year hiatus, the CodeCraft RISC OS demo coding competition is back, with CodeCraft #4. Like the previous instalments, the competition focuses on small programs, fitting into one of the following categories:256 byte intro or game1KB intro or game2KB tool4KB intro or gameThe deadline for submissions is October 3rd, so there's plenty of time to get in your entry (or entries). Questions and submissions should be sent to Kuemmel via the email found in the "A Call to the ARMs" intro ReadMe.
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Bounties earn 10 year merit badge but want 3 more
It’s hard to believe, but the RISC OS Open bounty scheme was launched in ten years ago and in that time has delivered £39,249.91 of improvements to the OS, with a further £13,990.72 currently work in progress.How does it all work in practice?You can see how we select bounties and what the current status of those running are at any time by clicking on the ‘More information’ link beneath the totaliser.Each of the currently active bounties also include an overview of what they are trying to achieve, as well as a guide target amount. The target is based on costing a rough project plan as a way of comparing one with another; so a high target is more work than a low one, rather than a guarantee that a developer claims it the moment it reaches 100%.
ObjAsm becomes self-aware in latest DDE update
The assembler tool, one of the cornerstones of the Desktop Development Environment (DDE), has taken on a life of its own in the latest update which was made available to eligible developers today. The main changes include:The addition of support for instructions from ARMv8.0 to the very latest ARMv8.6Support for the IEEE half-precision floating point instructions in the VFP instruction setA new data type for BFloat16More thorough rules checking around ‘IT’ blocksA number of bug fixes and improvements to warning and error textThe table of known CPUs to target has been updated, right up to the Cortex-X1Extra built-in variables to allow conditional assembly for a given target
Pi 400 coming in to land
It’s been a bumpy flight through 2020 but RISC OS Open airways would like to welcome the Raspberry Pi 400 as it joins the other frequent flyers of the Pi family of educational computers.
Development easier than A-B-C
At the recent London show we launched DDE30, the new edition the Desktop Development Environment, to a wall of miniature faces via Zoom. If you weren’t able to attend, read on…
RISC OS 5.28 now available
Slightly delayed from our original target in Spring, we’re pleased to announce RISC OS 5.28 is now available for all platforms that met or exceeded our stable release criteria.
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Google leads Big Tech effort to ensure H-1B spouses can continue working in America
Coalition of 41 organizations oppose labor rule challengeGoogle is spearheading an effort to save a visa rule that allows the spouses of H-1B visa holders awaiting green cards to work in the US.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
AMD promises to spend $1.6bn on 12nm, 14nm chips from GlobalFoundries
Also wiggles out of exclusivity dealAmid fears the global semiconductor crisis may last until 2023, AMD has opted to extend its purchase agreement with GlobalFoundries, giving it access to a greater proportion of the fabricator's output.
Audacity's new management hits rewind on telemetry plans following community outrage
Sorry for trying to add it or sorry for cocking up the comms?Amid the smell of burning rubber, the new managers of open-source audio editor Audacity have announced a U-turn on plans to introduce "basic telemetry" into the product.
Apple's expert witness grilled by Epic over 'frictionless' spending outside the app
How easy would it be for customers to depart the walled garden, legal eagles ask economistEpic Games' lawyers had a chance to put Apple's expert witness through the wringer in the latest from its California bench trial.
Facebook Giphy merger stays on ice after failed challenge to UK competition regulator
Problem was of social network's own making, says unimpressed judgeFacebook has failed to neutralise an order from Britain's competition regulator freezing its buyout of Giphy after having "sat on its hands" and failed to answer questions, the Court of Appeal has found.
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