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 188.8.131.52 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.
Old games on new screens
Steve Harrison, the original developer of the tracker player Q The Music, has produced a new RISC OS module which allows games to be played on old Archimedes systems hooked up to modern monitors or televisions. LCDGameModes patches the screen modes that games use on the fly, such that they work correctly with a VGA or SVGA compatible screen. The effect of this is to prevent scrambled displays and fix the aspect ratio of "letter-boxed" games.
New RISC OS news web site
Another new site has appeared to fill the void left by Drobe.
Mail client Pluto updated, open-sourced
Jonathan Duddington, author of the RISC OS e-mail client Pluto, has announced that as of now, Pluto is available for free. The project has been open-sourced, enabling other developers to take over maintenance of the software. Jonathan has also updated the program for ARMv7 compatibility, enabling it to run on the most modern hardware.
The popular open-source RiscPC emulator RPCEmu has had an update. Version 0.8.10 is available now. The changes since the last release include various bug fixes and extensive under-the-bonnet refactoring in preparation for future improvements.
3QD Developments acquire RISC OS from RISCOS Ltd
3QD Developments have confirmed the acquisition of RISC OS from RISCOS Ltd. In a statement, Aaron Timbrell of 3QD Developments stated "3QD Developments Ltd has purchased the rights to all versions of RISC OS developed and marketed by RISCOS Ltd. This purchase has been made with the assistance of a number of RISCOS Ltd shareholders, customers and developers.
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 Wakefield 2013
RISC OS Open are pleased to announce that we will be attending the ever-popular Wakefield Show on Saturday 20th April.We hope to see you all there!
Raspberry Pi release RC8 out now
The updated release candidate of RISC OS for the Raspberry Pi can now be downloaded as a compressed SD card image from the Raspberry Pi downloads page.
Raspberry Pi release RC7 out now
The latest release candidate of RISC OS for the Raspberry Pi can now be downloaded as a compressed SD card image from the Raspberry Pi downloads page.This release is primarily intended to address problems with compatability with Raspberry Pi hardware using Hynix RAM chips. There are no changes to the Filecore partition (the RISC OS boot sequence and disc image) between this release (RC7) and the previous release (RC6).A summary of all the changes in the RISC OS ROM image can be found here with the full-fat change list here.
Keep up to date!
If you want to know what’s going on in the RISC OS world, you can do a lot worse than looking in our forums. You can also see what we’re up to on our Facebook page (rool.social) and Twitter feed (@risc_os).There are also loads of handy sites like these:RISCOSitoryMy RISC OSThe RISC OS blogThe Icon BarRISC OS infoRISCOScodeAnd for those of you who like it old school, there are the “comp.sys.acorn.*” usenet groups.There’s always lots going on behind the scenes, too. We’d love to post more updates to keep everyone informed but there’s just so little time! If anyone fancies helping out with putting out regular update posts about all things RISC OS, please get in touch here (subject “news help”).
RISC OS Open Christmas down time
We hope everyone is ready for an end-of-year break – we certainly are. RISC OS Open is planning to shut down over the holidays from Sat 22nd Dec 2012 to Sun 6th Jan 2013 inclusive. We may still keep an eye on emails and the site but cannot guarantee anything!Please also note that any orders or other enquiries placed over this period will probably not be dealt with until we return.See you all in the New Year!
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VMware taps ex-Ciscoer as channel chief
The channel is the key to Virtzilla's impending vCloud Hybrid ServiceJust ahead of the formal launch of VMware's "Project Zephyr" vCloud Hybrid Service public cloud on Tuesday, the company has appointed a new channel chief. And the timing is not accidental, with VMware's channel being a key component of its hybrid cloud strategy.
Amazon cloud soars far above Google and Microsoft
Bezos & Co's feature-rich cloud casts long shadowAnalysis With last week's gale of Google cloud announcements, it'd be easy to think that the Chocolate Factory has a competitive offering compared with Amazon Web Services. But when you look at the number of services Google fields versus Amazon, that is simply not the case.
Supreme Court sides with FCC in NIMBY wireless tower spat
Local governments must follow agency's rulesThe US Supreme Court has sided with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that local governments must act within a "reasonable period" - as defined by the FCC - to approve or deny requests by telcos to build new wireless towers.
Yahoo! adds 1TB of free storage to Flickr in site revamp
Enough space to store every photo ever taken, apparentlyNot content with its $1.1bn acquisition of Tumblr, Marissa Mayer took to a New York stage on Monday evening to debut a redesigned Flickr photo site that includes 1TB free storage for each user - enough room to store 537,731 photos in "full original quality," meaning 6.5 megapixels.
US Congress excoriates Apple's tax-avoidance shenanigans
Cook to defend 'an American success story' - and billions in unpaid taxes - on TuesdayA US Senate investigation has found that Apple has avoided billions of dollars in taxes through a complex scheme of subsidiaries scattered around the globe, some with no employees and run by top execs back in its Cupertino headquarters.
Home & Office : Muzzleshot Shot Glasses
Take the shot, soldier! Solid aluminum A2 Flash Hider shot glasses. The A2 Flash Hider won't be able to suppress your drunken woooooooooos. $24.99 - $34.99
Books : Backyard Rockets
Over 25 awesome products all dealing with rockets! The Instructables community has provided a compendium of rocket savvy from innovators who have paved the way for other curious minds. Stuff like rockets, fireworks, and launchers! $12.95
Books : Office Weapons
30 different weapons you can build out of easy-to-acquire office supplies. These projects are made by the best in the business; the office workers who actually need them! They say necessity is the mother of invention; leave it to the Instructables community to put that theory to the test! $14.95
T-Shirts & Apparel : All Doctors Montage Babydoll
All your Doctors are belong to this shirt. The first season of Doctor Who stars William Hartnell. If you say it's Eccleston, this probably isn't the shirt for you. We'll let it slide if you say Baker. Maaaaaybe. $21.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : All Doctors Montage
All your Doctors The first season of Doctor Who stars William Hartnell. If you say it's Eccleston, this probably isn't the shirt for you. We'll let it slide if you say Baker. Maaaaaybe. $19.99
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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active leaks
Rumours that Samsung is prepping a ruggedised version of the Galaxy S4 have been circulating for a while now - and now the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has been revealed to the world in these leaked photos.
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PS4 video teases (but won't put out) - here's our blow-by-blow analysis
Sony has released the first official glimpse (and we mean glimpse) of the PS4 console, and it's left us salivating with both desire and frustration.
Watch Yahoo's live stream here at 10pm
Yahoo is expected to officially unveil its huge US$1 billion purchase of Tumblr at a keynote event in New York today. Tune in right here at 10pm UK-time to watch the money and announcements flow in real-time.
New Apple iPad sheds the pounds
Somehow Apple is making its next generation iPad lighter than ever - it's set to be between 25 and 33 per cent lighter than the previous generation.
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