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 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.
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.
Getting FAT32FS working on a RiscPC with a Castle USB Card
I have a RISC OS 4.39 RiscPC with a Castle USB card and Compact Flash card reader attached. This uses Castle‘s !SoftSCSI to access the flash cards.
Latest Archive is dropping onto a door step near you....
It has been a while since we flagged up Archive magazine (which continues to be published regularly and has a very 'retro' website). So the recent arrival of the latest release seems a good excuse to review it...
The Icon Bar needs YOU
Are you tired of looking at the front page and seeing those same old articles from over a year ago?Have you noticed we haven't done anything new for April Fools day for several years?Have you noticed how most of our show announcements are dangerously close to being made too late?Do you have a keen interest in RISC OS?Are you capable of forming basic sentences?Do you enjoy working long hours for no pay and little reward?If you answered YES to all of the above, then good news! We're looking for new writing staff to supplement the current lot, most of whom left the RISC OS scene behind a long time ago, or are far too busy with other things to update the site on a regular schedule.
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
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.
Today ROOL are celebrating the 20th birthday of the launch of the revolutionary Risc PC.
And maybe of interest....
Linux? Bah! Red Hat has its eye on the CLOUD - and it wants to own it
CEO says it will be 'undisputed leader' in enterprise cloud techNot content with running the industry's largest enterprise Linux vendor, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst says he wants to make the company the industry's leading enterprise cloud vendor - and he plans to "win" that market before someone else does.
GRAV WAVE DRAMA: 'Big Bang echo' may have been dust on the 'scope - boffins
Exit Planet Dust on faster-than-light expansion of universeNew data from the European Space Agency's Planck satellite has cast doubt over the claimed discovery of gravitational waves sweeping the universe from the Big Bang.
What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C
No more $1,000 monitor cables, Best Buy heartbrokenThe new Type C USB connector is causing a lot of excitement, thanks in part to its reversibility (you can plug it in either way up) and high rates of data and power transfer. But there's now another reason to buy into in: DisplayPort support.
Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. How about... oh, your battery died
Alas, not the generation where batt life stops being an issueReview When Apple released the first commercially available multi-touch phone in 2007, it had to decide how big it should be. And it got it right first time. Yet this year's new models both break that mould. The iPhone 6 Plus, which we review tomorrow, makes a feature of its bigness; but the straight iPhone 6 is just this year's new iPhone, and it's not obvious why it needed to gain square inchage.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Germany strikes again over Amazon warehouse pay
Employees to walk out in long-running wage disputeGerman union Verdi has not given up on the hopes that striking at Amazon warehouses will change the mega-etailer's mind about pay.
Home & Office : Iron Man 16oz Molded Mug
Genius. Billionaire. Playboy. Philanthropist. Mug. This 16 oz. Iron Man mug looks like Iron Man's head would if it had a handle coming off the back of it. $14.99
Home & Office : Hulk 16oz Molded Mug
Fulfill that weird desire of yours to drink your coffee out of the Incredible Hulk's incredible head! Fulfill that weird desire of yours to drink your coffee out of the Incredible Hulk's incredible head! $14.99
TL;DR Top Ten List: Top 10 Attractions We Want to See at the Star Wars Theme Park!
Yup, a Star Wars Theme Park is really in our future. We'll all learn more about it in 2015, but here are some rides we think are a must in a Star Wars Theme Park.
Geek Toys : Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver of the 12th Doctor
Always have your Sonic ready Time to play with the 12th Doctor's Sonic screwdriver! With two secret sound modes! $34.99
Home & Office : Exclusive Attack on Titan Survey Corps Fleece Blanket
The Wings of Freedom When the Survey Corps camps out, they have two choices for warmth. Use their cloak as a blanket, or use this Survey Corps Fleece Blanket as a blanket. We think the choice is obvious. $19.99
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Assassin's Creed Unity
Last year's Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag was a welcome seafaring deviation from the usual historical city-tromping escapade, but Assassin's Creed Unity is the coming-out party for the series on new-gen hardware.Let's check off the list: a nearly 1:1 scale Paris in the time of the French Revolution; four-player campaign co-op missions; totally reworked gameplay fundamentals; a cracking new game engine.UPDATE 22/09/14: Unity's season pass will deliver a dark bonus campaign, plus a new side-scrolling spinoffhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esHd9JlpR2Q
Sony Xperia Z3
Sony's Xperia Z2, launched this April, was a mere nip and tuck away from smartphone perfection. But in the cut-and-thrust world of high-end smartphones, coming close just isn't good enough, and in the final reckoning we preferred the HTC One (M8) and LG G3. Another Xperia smartphone so soon? Who cares when the Z3 is this good...
10 VR rivals to give Oculus Rift a virtual reality check
Oculus has just announced the latest version of its Rift virtual reality headset – Crescent Bay.It may have kickstarted a virtual reality revival, but Oculus isn't the only game in town; we take a look at its biggest challengers.Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus might be grabbing all the attention - but they aren't the only VR headsets in the pipeline. Give 'em the eyes with this goggle-licious line-up
How graphene gadgets will take us back in time
Remember the days before plastic? Me neither. But they happened and they were different. Products were made from wood and metal and bits of whale, everything was hand-made and everything was expensive.Will Dunn explains why graphene, a form of carbon with bizarre superpowers, will reshape your future gadgets into the past
Promoted: 9 things you need to know about FIFA 15
The football season may be over a month old but FIFA's new term doesn't get under way until Friday. Here's all you need to know to prepare yourself
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