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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RISC OS interview with Chris Johnson
This time round, we talk to Chris Johnson, long time software developer of his own applications and more recently recently fo several 'orphan programs' from others.
April update for Iris browser
There is another update for the Iris browser (now version 1.010).
March News Round-up
Some things we noticed this month. What did you see?
Another program to be 'adopted' by RISC OS Developments in 2020 was LanMan98. This works with LanManFS. It provides faster access to Windows network shares and also better naming and mapping options. I wrote this article on 2.06 and RISC OS Developments have just released v2.
RISC OS Developments updates Iris
Iris continues to evolve and RISC OS Developments announced v1.008 in their latest newsletter.
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ObjAsm becomes self-aware in latest DDE update
The assembler tool, one of the cornerstones of the Desktop Development Environment (DDE), has taken on a life of its own in the latest update which was made available to eligible developers today. The main changes include:The addition of support for instructions from ARMv8.0 to the very latest ARMv8.6Support for the IEEE half-precision floating point instructions in the VFP instruction setA new data type for BFloat16More thorough rules checking around ‘IT’ blocksA number of bug fixes and improvements to warning and error textThe table of known CPUs to target has been updated, right up to the Cortex-X1Extra built-in variables to allow conditional assembly for a given target
Pi 400 coming in to land
It’s been a bumpy flight through 2020 but RISC OS Open airways would like to welcome the Raspberry Pi 400 as it joins the other frequent flyers of the Pi family of educational computers.
Development easier than A-B-C
At the recent London show we launched DDE30, the new edition the Desktop Development Environment, to a wall of miniature faces via Zoom. If you weren’t able to attend, read on…
RISC OS 5.28 now available
Slightly delayed from our original target in Spring, we’re pleased to announce RISC OS 5.28 is now available for all platforms that met or exceeded our stable release criteria.
Charting our way
As countries around the world grapple with the COVID-19, many people will currently be required to stay indoors, or to change their work patterns and switch to video conferencing. Drinking more? Exercising less? It certainly feels like an interesting time to see what the data says about what’s happening in our community.Take a look with us at various metrics from ROOL’s data banks for the period January to April, to see how things looked heading into the “new normal”.
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Who'd have thought the US senator who fist pumped Jan 6 insurrectionists would propose totally unworkable anti-Big Tech law?
This one seems as well thought-out as his Capitol rally saluteUS Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) has proposed his latest anti-Big Tech legislation: a complete ban on mergers and acquisitions for companies valued at over $100bn if it may harm competition in any way possible.
1Password targets developers with Secrets Automation, acquisition of SecretHub
Existing users covered until 2022Password specialist 1Password has acquired SecretHub, a secrets management platform aimed at IT engineers, and made a new service called Secrets Automation, previously in beta, generally available.
NSA helps out Microsoft with critical Exchange Server vulnerability disclosures in an April shower of patches
114 fixes for the Windows world - plus fixes from SAP, Adobe, FreeBSD, etcPatch Tuesday April showers bring hours of patches as Microsoft delivers its Patch Tuesday fun-fest consisting of over a hundred CVEs, including four Exchange Server vulnerabilities reported to the company by the US National Security Agency (NSA).
What's Red and scale-y and shacked up with NEC? A new Red Hat network function virtualization solution, apparently
Living on the Edge as SA networks roll outThe move to 5G has allowed vendors and carriers to fundamentally rethink how their networks are structured. Once the norm, tightly integrated vendor-specific hardware is gradually being supplanted by virtualized alternatives that run happily on standards-agnostic kit. Jumping on the bandwagon is Japanese provider NEC, which today said it would use RedHat's OpenShift Kubernetes platform for its upcoming 5G hardware.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Cracked copies of Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop steal your session cookies, browser history, crypto-coins
It's like the 2000s all over again, sighs BitdefenderCracked copies of Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop are stealing browser session cookies and Monero cryptocurrency wallets from tightwads who install the pirated software, Bitdefender has warned.
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