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.
DDE tools update released
ROOL has released a new update for their toolset, DDE28b. As the name suggests, this is not a major update but incremental tweaks and bug fixes to the tools. Reading through the Changelogs, changes are in !CC, !DDT, !ObjAsm and !ResTest and ddt module has also been updated.
March News Round-up
Some things we noticed in the RISC OS world this month. What did you see?
RISC OS Open
RISC OS Open at Wakefield 2018
RISC OS Open look forward to seeing you at the Wakefield RISC OS show, this Saturday 21th April 2018.We’re on stand 15 all day, or come to hear what we’ve doing and how to get involved in the midday theatre slot.New releasesIt’ll be a chance to get hands on with RISC OS 5.24 – the new stable release – making its first public outing, packed with over 650 changes and improvements since the last version in 2015. Newly updated editions of the popular RISC OS Pi and ePic SD cards will also be launched on Saturday.The recently revised Desktop Development Environment (DDE28b) will be on sale for budding developers.And as if that isn’t enough, the brand new edition of the RISC OS 5 User Guide will be available to take away on the day; light reading for the long journey home.Easier ways to buyFollowing feedback at previous shows (we do listen!) we’ll also be able to take payment by card for the first time, including contactless payments. It’s never been easier to buy merchandise or pledge towards one of the open bounties.
Padlock clicks shut on network stack project
We’re excited to be able to reveal two important steps in the overhaul of RISC OS’ creaking network stack today.It’s a lock-in on step 1After a number of briefcases containing keys were exchanged, and several complex meetings concluded in a three way handshake the bounty, which opened in February 2017, has now begun at a top secret location.This particular bounty received a generous sponsorship from equally hush hush RISC OS Developments Ltd as part of their vision to improve that particular area of the OS. We’re very grateful for that, and invite other companies to present giant cardboard cheques to accelerate their favourite bounties towards each target amount too.
RISC OS 5.24 approaches
The latest stable release of RISC OS is now entering its final stages ahead of a planned release date in April 2018. This has been a long, hard slog and represents a significant milestone – it will be the first stable release for the Raspberry Pi.
Desktop development and not a flat pack in sight
If you missed October’s London Show you may also have missed the release of DDE28 too.
USB bounty complete, only 1 finger needed
We can now count on just 1 finger the number of steps remaining to overhaul the aging RISC OS USB stack following the completion today of step 1. This initial bounty was carved off a larger block after recognising that the scale of the task couldn’t reasonably be achieved prior to the next stable release of RISC OS (version 5.24), yet we needed some of the work to help towards the Raspberry Pi port.
And maybe of interest....
Kaspersky Lab loses the privilege of giving Twitter ad money
Twitter's loss is the EFF's gainTwitter says it will no longer run ads from beleaguered security vendor Kaspersky Lab.
No way, RSA! Security conference's mobile app embarrassingly insecure
Sorry about the hard-coded passwords, can we sell you some crypto now?RSA has copped to a security vulnerability in the mobile app it served to attendees of its annual security conference, held this week in San Francsico.
Amazon, LG Electronics turned my vape into an exploding bomb, says burned bloke in lawsuit
Scalded smoker wants injury damages, healthcare bills paidAmazon, LG Electronics and KMG-Imports are being sued by a man in the US State of Rhode Island for selling a vaping box and batteries that allegedly burst into flames and set him on fire.
British Crackas With Attitude chief gets two years in the cooler for CIA spymaster hack
Kane Gamble gambles and loses on hacking skillsThe British teenager who was sufficiently talented and stupid to hack the webmail of the head of the CIA was today given a two-year jail sentence.
Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...
Because 10.13.4 is seemingly unstable and performing poorlyAn increasing number of Mac loyalists are complaining that the latest desktop operating system update from Apple is killing their computers.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
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Best of both worlds. This shirt is a mashup of Groot and the Guardians. See, the bottom/right side is a teal tee with the aforementioned baby Groot looking fierce, while the top/left side is a heather charcoal tee with a teal pocket printed with the Guardians' logo. $19.99
Clothing : Marvel Comics Long Sleeve T-Shirt
Pew pew pew! This long-sleeve charcoal grey ringer has a red neck and sleeve cuffs with "Marvel Comics" printed in a pixelated font on the front over a pixel blast. POW! BOOM! Or possibly SNIKT! Who knows!? You can make it up when you're wearing this shirt. $24.99
Clothing : Thanos Split T-Shirt
The Mad Titan. The bottom/right side of the shirt is a black tee with a grey Infinity Gauntlet and the quote "The hardest choices require the str[ongest wills]." The top/left side is a purple tee with a black pocket printed with Thanos's head and the words "Infinite Pow $19.99
Clothing : Captain America Textured Pullover Hoodie
Thumbs up, soldier! This pullover in royal blue with Captain America's logo in a white and blue grid on the front will give you that extra layer of warmth that you need in chilly situations, but still show off your fandom like a t-shirt. $39.99
Clothing : Spider-Man Split T-Shirt
With great power.... This shirt features two things mashed up together. First, we have a maroon tee with a Spider-Man design printed on it in black. Then we have a navy blue tee with a maroon pocket, which features the iconic Great Responsibility quote. $19.99
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