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.
VirtualRPC gets a Spring clean
There is now an update to VirtualRPC for Mac and Windows (a commercial program which has been around for over a decade now). There is a selection of free and commercial emulators on offer for Windows and Mac to 'upgrade' your machine into a RISCOS machine.
RISC OS London Show 2014 [Updated]
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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.
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 London Show 2014
This year, we decided to celebrate the wonderful fact that our growing community of users and developers now spans every corner of the globe by asking some friends to translate our London Show announcement into a variety of languages.Many thanks to Alberto Bonamico (Italian), James Byrne (Japanese), Jose Manuel Ventoso Picos (Spanish), Katalin Szalay (Hungarian, Romanian), Lixin Cheng (Chinese), Martin Würthner (German), Moniek Hopman (Dutch) and Tina Evans (French).
Within the last couple of days, you might have heard about a really nasty security problem that’s so important it has already been given a name and an unofficial logo (!):Shellshock on WikipediaThe server running the ROOL web site was vulnerable to this issue but has been patched, with another patch due for a secondary, much less serious aspect of the bug for which a fix is not yet available.
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.
And maybe of interest....
EMC calls sudden event to reveal 'New business development'
VCE absorption tipped, but let's not forget Cloudfather Tucci's time is nearly upEMC has given US media less than 24 hours notice of an event at which it will announce a "new business development".
Innovation agenda's code for kids plan still a work in progress
Australia to spend AU$3.5m helping teachers to help kids think like computersThe "Coding across the curriculum" plan included in Australia's "Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda" is yet to be developed, and is yet to be targeted at particular students or schools.
Marissa! Mayer! ends! 21! month! dry! spell! as! Yahoo! sales! grow!
Purple Palace finally tilts revenue upwards ... but income downwardsYahoo! is living in hope of a financial resurgence as the company logged a rare uptick in revenues.
Chinese APT groups targeting Australian lawyers
Have a bit of sympathy, people: lawyers hold YOUR data and juicy stuff about big dealsLaw firms are among Australian businesses being targeted by at least 13 Chinese advanced malware groups in a bid to steal intelligence from big business, says forensics bod and Mandiant man Mark Goudie.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Hey Apple, we're gonna tailor Swift as open source - indie devs throw down gauntlet
GPL language clone is 'a friendly nudge' to CupertinoA group of independent developers have launched a project to develop a free, open source implementation of Apple's Swift programming language.
Tools : Horse Head Squirrel Feeder
Hang from something, fill with food products, and watch squirrels and rats stretch up to eat out of it! Hang from something, fill with food products, and watch squirrels and rats stretch up to eat out of it! Just put it in the center of your yard and only squirrels will feed. $15.99
Geek Toys : Mini Tentacle Kitty Plush
Who's an adorable eldritch abomination? You are! That's right! You are! Little Ones are tiny versions of Tentacle Kitty in black, blue, and purple. $9.99
Home & Office : Fireplace Heat Change Mug
When it's cold outside, the best thing to do is light a fire in the fireplace - even if that fireplace is only on your mug. When it's cold outside, the best thing to do is light a fire in the fireplace - even if that fireplace is only on your mug. $11.99
Home & Office : Werewolf Zombie Trophy
Caught under the Hunter's Moon. Hand-painted resin, this werewolf zombie trophy will forever enshrine your awesomeness. $34.99
Home & Office : Cyberbat Steampunk Wall Plaque
Bat for your belfry. Cyberbat Steampunk Wall Plaque looks like he's flown straight out of one of da Vinci's crazy manuscripts and onto your wall. $37.99
Stuff.tv Latest Gadgets
Microsoft officially dropping Nokia branding for Lumia phones
Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s mobile division caused some confusion in branding, since the rest of the iconic Finnish company remained intact. But it doesn’t sound like that’ll be a problem for much longer.Confirming prior reports, it appears we'll be seeing "Microsoft Lumia" quite soon
Audi heats up self-driving car competition by demonstrating its 150mph RS7
Self-driving cars are the future. They're incredibly safe, efficient at negotiating complex traffic systems and will get you to work more quickly and comfortably than your current human-controlled jalopy. Their top speed? That's something we don't think about that often – but Audi is keen to raise the subject.It's the world's fastest autonomous vehicle, according to its makershttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeWriarFlsU
Stuff Gadget Awards 2014 - voting now open!
It feels like only yesterday that we were proclaiming the LG G2 our Gadget of the Year; but no, it was nearly a year ago. Which means it's time to do it all over again.Last year, you voted the Nokia Lumia 1020 your Readers' Gadget of the Year, which was, how shall we put it, an interesting choice. So what will you go for this time round?We've opened up five categories for your votes:Our five reader-voted categories are now live - so it's time to have your say
Stuff Gadget Awards 2014 - vote for the Readers' Gadget of the Year
The Gadget of the Year category is home to a select few elite devices that have gone above and beyond to prove their worth.So here, in alphabetical order, are the slices of tech that got our gadget hearts racing over this past year. You have got the power to help your favourite take the shiniest crown of all - so use it wisely.iPhone 6 or Note 4? Moto 360 or Surface Pro 3? It's time to cast your votes
Stuff Gadget Awards 2014 - vote for the Game of the Year
Having spent 11 of 2013’s 12 months getting excited about next-gen games more than actually playing them, it’s a relief that 2014 has brought with it a bunch of bona fide belters. The PS3 and Xbox 360 have done OK for new games, too, while the Wii U hasn’t been completely ignored either. The next-gen consoles are now fully stocked... but which title did you love most?
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