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
Lots of announcements have been coming in in the past few days in the run-up to this weekend's RISC OS London Show. However I think it's safe to say that the most-talked about news is that of a major new product that's due to be revealed at the show. Said to have been development by a coalition of parties for a year, details of exactly what it is or who is behind it are surprisingly stark. However some sleuths over on the RISC OS Open forums believe they have found the answer, hidden in a series of cryptic messages from R-Comp: A new computer based around the Freescale i.MX6 SoC.
VirtualRPC gets a Spring clean
There is now an update to VirtualRPC for Mac and Windows (a commercial program which has been around for over a decade now). There is a selection of free and commercial emulators on offer for Windows and Mac to 'upgrade' your machine into a RISCOS machine.
RISC OS London Show 2014 [Updated]
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You wait ages for ONE browser update for your Raspberry Pi...
In my personal computer usage, the web browser has always been the weak link on RISC OS so it is really nice to see an update to Netsurf appearing with NetSurf 3.2 being released at the end of August. It looks like essentially a bug-fix and code tidy release, with some incremental improvements to support for CSS handling, but always welcome features.
RISC OS Midsummer MUG Show 2014 - Saturday 12th July
The RISC OS Midsummer Mug Show 2014 takes place on Saturday 12th July 11:00am - 16:30pm at St John's Church Hall, 205 Warwick Road, Kenilworth CV8 1HY.
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 London Show 2014
This year, we decided to celebrate the wonderful fact that our growing community of users and developers now spans every corner of the globe by asking some friends to translate our London Show announcement into a variety of languages.Many thanks to Alberto Bonamico (Italian), James Byrne (Japanese), Jose Manuel Ventoso Picos (Spanish), Katalin Szalay (Hungarian, Romanian), Lixin Cheng (Chinese), Martin Würthner (German), Moniek Hopman (Dutch) and Tina Evans (French).
Within the last couple of days, you might have heard about a really nasty security problem that’s so important it has already been given a name and an unofficial logo (!):Shellshock on WikipediaThe server running the ROOL web site was vulnerable to this issue but has been patched, with another patch due for a secondary, much less serious aspect of the bug for which a fix is not yet available.
Raspberry Pi Model B+
The folks at the Raspberry Pi Foundation have been busy producing an enhanced version of everybody’s favourite credit card sized ARM11 computer, to arrive at the “Model B+”.This mirrors the line up that Acorn provided with it’s educational microcomputer range in the 1980’s – the cut-down Model A, the more common Model B, and an enhanced Model B+.The Model B+ has a number of features including doubling the number of USB sockets and switching to a micro SD card for booting and storage.Fortunately RISC OS Open have had the inside track on this new development ahead of time and Ben Avison of Piccolo Systems has been able to update the SD card filing system hardware drivers to talk to the changed hardware.Users of the Model B+ should ensure that they use the RC12A beta release of the software, as this includes the necessary changes but is otherwise identical to the RC12 download.To jump start your adventures into the Model B+ you might want to buy this on a ready-to-go micro SD card from the ROOL Store. The great value NutPi is also now available in micro SD card format.Due to the popularity of anything new from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, please be aware that stocks may become exhausted quickly or be subject to longer than normal despatch times.
Save a Frog!
Many users might remember playing the BBC Micro version of Hopper (Acornsoft, 1983) having loaded all its 8 colour goodness off an audio cassette.
Happy birthday, BASIC
To celebrate the 50th birthday of the BASIC programming language, we are very pleased to announce the release of RISC OS Pico. This is a very cut-down RISC OS for the Raspberry Pi that boots directly into BASIC, just like on the Beeb.
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FCC: You'll have to wait even longer for faster wireless broadband
US spectrum auction won't happen until 2016 nowThe FCC today said it will delay its planned wireless broadband spectrum auction until at least 2016.
Breaking news: Google exec in terrifying SKY PLUNGE DRAMA
Baumgartner bummed by high-up's higher-up one-up?A Google executive has broken the record for the highest free fall to Earth - in a largely self-funded stunt to explore the stratosphere.
Revealed: The amazing magical innovation in the iPad Mini 3 - a lick of paint
And a fingerprint sensorTeardown Ready to ditch your iPad Mini 2 for the latest and greatest miniature fondleslab from Apple? You may not get much more for your money.
Silicon Valley scrooges paid staff $1.21 an hour in a 122-hour week
Dept of Labor fines Electronics For Imaging the max - $3.5kA successful Silicon Valley firm has admitted paying staff $1.21 an hour and working them for more than 120 hours a week.
Wanna hop carriers with your iPad's Apple SIM? Don't hop on AT&T
Not unless you want your network-swapping tech disabled for good, that isIf you're looking forward to using the new iPads' multi-carrier Apple SIM in the US, don't pick AT&T as your first choice - or you'll lose the ability to switch to another carrier altogether.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Geek Toys : Dinosaur Bone Fragment
Hold the past in your hands. What you get is one piece of genuine, fossilized dinosaur bone. Obviously, each of these is going to be unique, since it could be traced to a different dinosaur or at least a different part of the same one's body. $14.99
Geek Toys : Pandemic: Can you Save Humanity?
All players must work together to save the world from four deadly diseases. If you fail, everyone dies. All players must work together to save the world from four deadly diseases. If you fail, everyone dies. $39.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Normandy Sublimation Tee
More of a wuhwuhwuhwuhwuh. Please note that this shirt has not been properly calibrated and is not equipped with GARDIAN lasers. Please wear accordingly. $24.99
Geek Toys : Blackthorn Shillelagh Fighting Stick
A blackthorn-looking shillelagh made of polypropylene and impact resistant faux wood. It takes a smashing and keeps on bashing. A blackthorn-looking shillelagh made of polypropylene and impact resistant faux wood. It takes a smashing and keeps on bashing. $39.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Back to the Future Ladies' Raglan Tee
Marty and Doc are waiting for you in the past. Dare you take a trip in one of the coolest time machines ever made? Marty and Doc are waiting for you in the past. Dare you take a trip in one of the coolest time machines ever made? $24.99
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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Apologies to the die-hards out there still clinging to the candy-coloured nostalgia of their youth, but the Wii U has been a borderline disaster for Nintendo. Yes, there are a handful of truly great games, but third-party developers bailed out early and the hardware feels underpowered and still overpriced.UPDATE 24/10/14: Eight-player showdowns come to Nintendo's beloved brawling serieshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0BBGzfw0pQ
Apple iPad Mini 3
There were no iPad Mini 3 wishlists flying around the web. Because the iPad Mini 2 is such a close-to-flawless product, nobody had the imagination to improve on the beautifully built, apptastic mini tab.Including, it seems, Apple.The differences between the iPad Mini 3 and its predecessor boil down to this: the new one gets Touch ID fingerprint scanning for unlocking the tablet and paying for iTunes purchases. And it comes in gold. Touch ID and identical specs mean the iPad Mini 3 is technically the best small Apple tablet. But is it worth the extra £80?
Microsoft branding on Lumia phones looks exactly as you'd expect
Spare a moment of silence and pour a drink out for Nokia. Its name has finally been axed from gracing Lumia smartphones.Instead, Microsoft will replace it with, well, 'Microsoft', ushering in a new era of Microsoft Lumia phones. Have we said Microsoft enough yet? Microsoft. There.It's unclear when the new Nokia-less phones will land, but the name itself isn't completely dead.So. It has come to this
LG G Watch R
The Moto 360's circular, minimalist design made it stand out from the square crowd, thanks to the simple fact that it looked more like, well, a watch.There's a new circular smartwatch on the block - but is the G Watch R the shape of things to come?
Samsung quietly launches Galaxy S5 Plus in Europe
Samsung has taken the wraps off an upgraded version of its Galaxy S5 flagship – without the usual fanfare.Specced-up flagship with Snapdragon 805 materialises in the Netherlands
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