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 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.
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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
RISC OS 5.22 stable is now available
RISC OS Open Limited (ROOL) are pleased to announce the much anticipated latest stable RISC OS release, it incorporates a massive 454 changes for the Tungsten platform (used in the IYONIX pc from Castle Technology), 484 changes for the OMAP3 platform (used in the ARMini from RComp), and 423 changes for the IOMD platform used in the Acorn Risc PC/A7000/A7000+.For the first time the stable release includes the OMAP4 port, a Cortex-A9 processor used in the PandaRO from CJE Micros and ARMiniX from RComp.This software is subject to continual improvement and work has already commenced on RISC OS 5.23! Using the convention of even numbers for stable editions and odd numbers for development editions, users can feedback any issues seen to make it into the next version.Show your supportPutting together this latest release takes considerable time and effort, not just on the coding, but the testing, co-ordination, documentation and other administration that nobody ever sees. Downloads also use the bandwidth allocation for the server that this website runs on.Please consider making a small donation to show your appreciation:
RISC OS Open at Wakefield 2015
RISC OS Open look forward to seeing you at the 20th Wakefield show, this Saturday 25th April 2015.
Pico now even smaller
First introduced to celebrate 50 years of BASIC last May, Pico is a tiny cut down version of RISC OS which runs on the Raspberry Pi which boots straight to the interpreter prompt and can be used on ordinary FAT format media.As it predated the model B+ and mark 2 hardware it has previously only been available in large SD card format for the original model B.Now, all that instant boot-into-BASIC goodness has been shrunk down to micro SD card size and enhanced to work on the more recent versions of the Pi. You can order a copy through the store or bag a 10% discount when ordering a class pack for groups of 10 or more.Users have been finding all kinds of ways to make use of this non desktop version for embedded control of anything from a robot
Raspberry Pi release RC14
Last weekend, we released RC14 of RISC OS for the Raspberry Pi, RISC OS Pi. This will run on all models of the Raspberry Pi, including model A, A+, B, B+ and brand new model 2.You can buy RISC OS Pi R14 from our store or you can download the image to burn onto an SD card here.
2×Pi×r ... Pi 2 Release Available Now
Today marks the availability of the very latest beta release candidate for the popular Raspberry Pi educational platform. This ROM now includes support for the Mark 2 Model B Raspberry Pi hardware, using the newer BCM2836 system on chip and a total of 1GB of RAM. The model A, B, and B+ are still supported too.Visitors to the South west show on Saturday 21st February 2015 can pick up a copy on either SD card or micro SD card.If you can’t make the show, it can also be ordered online for the same low price as earlier releases. We’ll be making it available as a download in the next few days for users who are confident burning the image onto their existing cards.With a lucky rabbit’s foot in our side pocket, this follow up to the earlier RC12 is in fact RC14 and includes the following headline changes in addition to the Mark 2 Model B support:The kernel now understands and can render sprites with alpha levels of transparency, and hence the desktop can use these facilities too.The kernel now supports a much wider array of pixel buffer formats for the screen including 4k and 64k.The USB driver, DWCDriver, now uses fast interrupts to handle some of the load from the USB peripheral. Previously normal interrupts might miss
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Apple CEO Tim Cook breaks silence on dying iPad: 'It is what it is'
If you're allergic to good news, look away now - profit and sales figures outApple countered soaring iPhone and Mac sales with yet another down quarter for the iPad in its second quarter of fiscal 2015, ended March 31.
Microsoft's cash-leaking Nokia phones rip off patents, face import ban
ITC judge rules in favor of angry trollA judge with the US International Trade Commission has ruled that Microsoft's Nokia handsets violate patents held by trolling outfit "non-practicing entity" InterDigital, adding to the software giant's ongoing woes in the mobile phone arena.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Face-to-Facebook: Messenger app in video-calling yap flap
If you live in these particular countries, of courseIn brief Facebook has added video calls to its Messenger chat app on smartphones - bringing the software in line with Apple's Facetime and Microsoft's Skype.
ESPN sues Verizon: People can pick their own TV channels? No!
Plan for a la carte bundle not a hit with sports networkSports TV giant ESPN is suing Verizon after the telco invited its FiOS home TV subscribers to pick and choose their channels.
Today, the US govt must explain why its rules on shutting down whole cell networks are a secret
Mass kill-switch policy under the microscopeThe US government will be forced to explain why its cell network kill-switch plans should be kept secret today.
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Home & Office : Game of Thrones Map of Westeros Fleece Blanket
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Home & Office : Star Wars Dagobah Shower Curtain
Let the Force flow over you. Turn your home's bath into Yoda's home planet with our Star Wars Dagobah Shower Curtain. With this 72" square scene featuring a sinking X-Wing and some bogwings looking on, you'll feel just like you're in a slimy mudhole far, far away. Only in a good way. $24.99
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