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 126.96.36.199 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.
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.
Software preservation project bearing fruit
The preservation project for Acorn software, JASPP, has so far been focused on preserving old games. Many of the titles concerned required 20 year old hardware and obsolete versions of RISC OS to run. Over the last year or so, the project has obtained disc images and box/manual scans for well over 100 of the games released for the Acorn platform. Most of these have been contributed by users.
Portsmouth show reminder
This is a quick reminder to say that RISC OS Open's free Portsmouth show is next Saturday, the 28th of September. The show takes place at Innovation Warehouse Portsmouth, between 11am and 5pm.
RISC OS 5.20 released, free Portsmouth show in planning
RISC OS 5.20 released
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 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.
More expansion cards join RISC OS 5
BackgroundSince the first fully 32 bit RISC OS appeared over a decade ago a relatively small proportion of expansion cards have been updated compared with the number of general purpose applications that have been.This need not be the case – the platforms running RISC OS 5 which have an expansion bus inside (Iyonix PC; Risc PC; A7000; and A7000+) are all electrically unchanged when the processor talking to them is in 32 bit mode, so a podule which works on the Iyonix PC can just as easily plug into an A7000.It’s just the software that needs attention.The process of updating an expansion card driver is fairly formulaic, and by using official operating system calls the result is still backwards compatible with earlier versions of RISC OS. This makes maintaining the driver a lot easier as there’s only one version to keep track of!
And maybe of interest....
PLANET-KILLING Death Stars shoot worlds with glowing beam - proof
As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silencedPics A group of astroboffins using Chile's high-desert Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have peered into the Orion Nebula's planetary nursery and discovered that massively powerful stars can be so intense that they blow away any chance of planets forming around new stars being born in their neighborhoods.
Boffins build bendy screen using LEDs just THREE atoms thick
It's a flexible display! It's a light-powered processor! It's almost anything you wantA team of scientists at the University of Washington (UW) have created the world's thinnest LED that is both flexible and stackable, making a new class of handheld devices and light-driven processor chips feasible.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Intel and pals whip out 1.6Tbit/s cable: Come on baby, light by fibre
Something for your data center's bright sparks to think aboutIntel is touting an optical cable capable of carrying 1.6Tbps through data centers: it'll give network builders blistering fast transfer speeds in the short term, and allow the chip giant to re-think how servers are built in the long-term.
Communist party boss blames Kunming knife attack on VPNs
Because The Great Firewall can save China from terrorists ... and unicornsThe Communist Party's chief official in western China's Xinjiang region has blamed online videos and virtual private networks (VPNs) for the knife attack at Kunming station last week that left 29 dead and dozens injured.
Wanna make 15 bucks? Assimilate someone into the Google Apps BORG
Resistance is f- no, don't hit the back button! Fire all phasers!Google is offering an incentive for Google Apps users in the US and Canada to spread the word about the online productivity suite, in the form of a cash reward for each new customer they refer.
Home & Office : I Bake Pi Apron
You've got math all over you! This blue "I bake Pi" apron lets you proudly flaunt your mathematical skills in the kitchen. $19.99
ThinkGeek celebrates 17 years of Buffy!
Our favorite vampire-slaying TV show & Joss Whedon production premiered today in 1997. Ah, good ol' Sunnydale: Come for the food, stay for the dismemberment. To celebrate, the Buffy Rewatch 2k14 begins tonight! Starting off with our favorite episodes, of course. Here are some of the favorites of the monkeys at ThinkGeek World Domination HQ:
Geek Toys : 8" Vinyl "Do It Yourself" Sentry Turret
A new model for home defense. Cover this 8" turret with your handiwork and then position it wherever you need more protection: outside your baby's room, in front of the pie that's cooling, or by your swimming pool to keep the neighborhood kids at bay. $19.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : The One Who Broke the Promise
The Oncoming Storm ThinkGeek is the only place you can get this shirt featuring John Hurt's incarnation of The Doctor. $19.99
Home & Office : You Are Here Print with Carl Sagan Quote
The Earth is where we make our stand. This print of Carl Sagan's "pale blue dot" quote reminds us that he wasn't simply an astronomer. He was just as much a philosopher and poet. $9.99
Stuff.tv Latest Gadgets
The Pebble Steel isn’t just the best smartwatch ever, it’s the blueprint for real world wearable tech beyond the gimmicks and glassholes we’ve seen so far.Less is more with Pebble's second smartwatch - wish list wristwear doesn't come better than this
Best Games Ever: the 20 greatest games of all time
At last, the definitive list. We've played every single game ever, carefully mulled over the points for and against each one, created an exacting scoring system that gives a real, quantifiable appraisal of each game's merit and carefully graded them against each other, allowing for changes in graphics and sound over time, hardware performance and... Nahh, only joking, we've just made up a list of games we like. Get ready to disagree with every single one!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzJ9FF3Kqks
Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in
The Samsung Galaxy S5 impressed us during our brief hands-on review at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and we're expecting a full review unit to drop by Stuff HQ shortly.The two South Korean superphones go head to head in our pre-fight slanging match
Treat your ears to studio-quality sound with the triangular prism PonoPlayer
Music Legend Neil Young wants to inject high-fidelity audio directly into your lugholeshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qL1ffo8TwGM
This is easily the best looking smartwatch concept we've ever seen
Our wrists have danced with more than a few smartwatches over the past few years. Google. Samsung, Apple. Anyone. Make this happen. Pretty please?
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