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.
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.
Chris Jordan, Music500, ArcElite @ ROUGOL on 21 Apr 2014
At the next meeting of the RISC OS User Group Of London on 21st April 2014 we are very pleased to have Chris Jordan as our guest speaker. Chris had a long involvement with Acorn, all the way through the Beeb and Archimedes era.
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....
AWS levels up in game of government security - and now one step below classified access
Cloud colossus still fondling DoD's top non-secrets for nowAmazon Web Services (AWS) has leveled up its US government security certification, winning the right to handle more sensitive work from the Department of Defense (DoD).
Obama's healthcare.gov savior says: 'No suits please, we're techies'
Mikey Dickerson plans change in move from Google to running government ITThe incoming head of the newly formed US Digital Service - a crack sysadmin force to fix government IT systems - has said his team are focused less on looking smart and more on serious coding.
Your Bitcoins aren't money - but it is barter, so we'll tax it, ta ... says Australia's taxman
Pay attention, minersThe Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has issued its official assessment of Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies - and decided it isn't money but can be taxed.
Tesla: YES - We'll build a network of free Superchargers in Oz
Model S slated to land Down Under later this yearTesla has confirmed to The Register that a network of its Supercharger stations is planned for Australia after its Model S arrives, later in 2014.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Come up with some 'novel cloud' boffinry, grab $20m from US govt
Thanks, Obama.The US government's National Science Foundation has handed out $20m in funding for two big new cloud computing research projects.
T-Shirts & Apparel : Parrises Squares Championships
GO, TEAM, GO! Parrises Squares is a great game for meeting Starfleet Academy's medical staff. It's also a great way to get exercise and matching team uniforms. $19.99
Geek Toys : Axe Cop Roleplay Axe
I WILL CHOP YOUR HEADS OFF! Axe Cop is the most powerful cop he knows. And now you can pretend to be him. $19.99
Home & Office : Das Can-in-Stein
Oktoberfest every day! Earth Day every day is all good and nice, but we're really more interested in Oktoberfest every day, which you can experience if you bring along your Das Can-in-Stein. Prost! $9.99
Home & Office : Dresden Files Skin Game Autographed Edition Limited to 200
AUTOGRAPHED BY THE AUTHOR! Harry Dresden, Chicagos only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, its something awful. $27.95
T-Shirts & Apparel : Kitteh Pride Ladies' Tee
Shadowkitteh. It's Kitteh Pride and Lock(itteh)heed the dragoncat. She's a proud member (at the time of this portrait) of the linX-men. $14.99
Stuff.tv Latest Gadgets
LG's L Series smartphones offer G3 features with lower specs and prices
The LG G3 is our current pick for the best smartphone in the world, but for those who want some of LG’s latest flagship features without paying flagship prices, the L Series handsets might do the trick.L Fino and L Bello 3G handsets promise accessible pricing with some solid perks
IFA 2014: what to expect at Europe's biggest tech show
There are few product launches that can compete with a new iPhone in the anticipation stakes, but we're certain to get at least one at IFA 2014.Samsung will use the Berlin tech show, which runs from September 5-10, to reveal the Galaxy Note 4 - and expectations surrounding a new phone have rarely been higher.From the Note 4 to the Xperia Z3 to a whole load of new laptops, there'll be plenty on show in Berlin
Sky+ gets Netflix-style recommendations and multi-season series link
Sky has given its Sky+ TV Guide a wash and brush up, adding a handful of new and potentially useful features to the EPG.First and foremost is a Netflix-style recommendation engine that will suggest programmes based on your taste – or at least what it thinks is your taste. It’s based on your recent activity: Sky’s example is that a customer who has recently recorded The Following may receive recommendations to watch Hannibal, Luther or Criminal Minds. Recommendations will be...Sky's box of tricks gets a raft of new features in an update rolling out from today
Meet the Renovo Coupe: the muscle car with an electric heart
An all-electric muscle car? That doesn't sit well with us...Admittedly, it is a bit odd seeing a glorious Shelby Daytona with a bunch of batteries underneath the bonnet rather than a big block Chevrolet V8 engine, but the latest unveiling for fledgling automotive manufacturer Renovo is set to deliver pony car-bothering power.So how does it work?This all-electric beast produces over 500bhp without a peep from the pipes
5.5in iPhone 6 shell revealed in new pics
New leaked shots have added to the weight of evidence that Apple will unleash a 5.5in iPhone on the world next month. We've already seen plenty of leaks showing off the 4.7in iPhone 6 in recent weeks, as its rumoured 9 September release date draws near. But until now its bigger cousin – a 5.5in phablet that purportedly goes by the name "iPhone 6L" – has proved more elusive.The plus-size 6L model is snapped alongside its smaller cousin in leaked spy shots
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