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 22.214.171.124 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.
Voting open for RISC OS Awards 2014
Vince Hudd of RISCOSitory and Soft Rock Software has announced that voting for the 2014 RISC OS Awards is now open.
Mysterious new product to be announced at London Show
Lots of announcements have been coming in in the past few days in the run-up to this weekend's RISC OS London Show. However I think it's safe to say that the most-talked about news is that of a major new product that's due to be revealed at the show. Said to have been development by a coalition of parties for a year, details of exactly what it is or who is behind it are surprisingly stark. However some sleuths over on the RISC OS Open forums believe they have found the answer, hidden in a series of cryptic messages from R-Comp: A new computer based around the Freescale i.MX6 SoC.
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.
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
Welcome to the New Year - here's £2015
In order to welcome in 2015, RISC OS Open would like to launch another initiative to help spur on development. For the whole of January 2015, we will match any donation* into the RISC OS Open Bounty Scheme. Simply find a bounty (or bounties) that looks worthy and we will also donate the same amount to it.At the moment, we have:Compiler improvements to help developers to get the most out of new hardwareFile system improvements to support big files, big hard drives and partitionsImprovements to the built-in !Paint applicationUpdates to our USB support to bring it more up-to-dateThere is also a “RISC OS General” bounty for general donations to RISC OS Open, but we will not be matching donations into this. If any new bounties are added this month, they will also qualify for this offer.We wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year and we look forward to all the great new developments we will be seeing in the RISC OS community!
Happy Christmas to You All
We wish you all a very merry Christmas from everyone at RISC OS Open. Keep your eyes open for our next news item to bring in the New Year…
Sharper Tools for Crafting Code
RISC OS Open are pleased to announce the immediate availability of release 25 if the Desktop Development Environment (DDE25). The DDE is the definitive set of tools you need to author applications for RISC OS, and indeed to build the operating system itself.A considerable effort has been made to bring the DDE, C/C++, and Toolbox manuals back up to date. The Toolbox manual was last edited in 1994, so has some 20 years of catch up!The examples provided are now clearer, and make extensive use of the shared makefile scheme, which drastically simplifies building the most common of application and module arrangements.The tools themselves come with comprehensive change logs with fine level detail of bug fixes, but some of the highlights include:CC – the code generator can now optimise specifically for the ARM11 core, as featured on the Raspberry Pi platform, and accepts the #warning preprocessor directive to emit a throwback messageObjAsm – support for optional ARMv7 extensions and ARMv8 opcodes, plus stricter checking and more accurate warning reportingLinker – can now produce ‘Utility’ binaries directly from C object filesDDT – the debugger now works reliably on Cortex-A platforms such as the BeagleBoardMany of the new features and bug fixes are in direct response to
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.
And maybe of interest....
Facebook kills pic of Mohammed weeks after Zuck's Je suis Charlie!
Don't harm the profit, I mean, prophet. No, wait, profitEarlier this month, in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg proclaimed that his social network, used by millions, was a free-speech zone.
Will Amazon's big-biz WorkMail be another Fire dud - or a Kindle?
If there's one thing we all really need, it's another enterprise mail service, right Exchange?Amazon Web Services wants to tout webmail to the business world.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 CPU dumped from flagship smartphone
While China woes rumble on: Watchdog on one hand, deadbeat partners on the otherQualcomm reported record revenues for the first quarter of its fiscal 2015 on Wednesday, but the mobile chipmaker warned investors that it's still struggling to make headway in the all-important China market.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Man trousers $15,000 domain name for $10.99 amid registry cockup
Nice little earner once he flogs it - before everyone gets real tired of gTLDsBruce Marler could hardly believe his luck.
Turnbull's Digital Transformation Office has NO PLAN, but awesome power
There's a mission statement-y kind of thing and an FAQ but that's it for nowMalcolm Turnbull's new Digital Transformation Office (DTO), launched last week with a goal of reinventing government service delivery but lacking any new money with which to make the attempt, also has no plan for its efforts.
T-Shirts & Apparel : Rocket Raccoon Ladies' Hooded Tank Top
This raccoon does more trash talking than trash pillaging Show your love of the adorable walking armory that is Rocket Raccoon with this Rocket Raccoon Ladies' Hooded Tank Top. The hood features fuzzy ears and the back has a detachable tail. $39.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Exclusive Haynes Guide to A Shrubbery
An insight into the technology, history, development, and role of the Knights of Ni's finest shrubbery. An insight into the technology, history, development, and role of the Knights of Ni's finest shrubbery. $19.99
Electronics & Gadgets : MimoPowerTube- Star Wars Series
Recharge your smartphones or other 5V devices with these fun backup batteries - all from the Star Wars universe! Recharge your smartphones or other 5V devices with these fun backup batteries - all from the Star Wars universe! $29.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Exclusive R2-D2 Love Ladies' Tee
Bleep bloop *mwah*. You know you wanted to give R2-D2 a peck on the cheek to cheer him up from the first moment C-3PO whined at him. And you continued to want to kiss R2 as Luke whined at him and Salacious Crumb laughed at him. Poor R2 - droid gets no respect. $19.99
Geek Toys : Critical Hit LED Dice Set
A trio of dice, each with guts inside to they light up when their highest number is rolled. Set includes of of each: d10, d12, and d20! A trio of dice, each with guts inside to they light up when their highest number is rolled. Set includes one of each: d10, d12, and d20! $24.99
Stuff.tv Latest Gadgets
Spotify coming to PlayStation, killing Music Unlimited in the process
Big news for PlayStation gamers: Spotify is headed to Sony’s platform, bringing the massively popular streaming music service to consoles and other devices later this spring.Even free accounts are welcome, with background play while gaming on PS4
App of the Week: GrooveMaker 2
The notion of loops strikes fear into the heart of a certain type of musician, who might consider them a modern-day evil. Yet plenty of recent music (especially compositions with a decidedly electronic bent) is essentially a load of loops strung together.More importantly, loops, when used well in software, are hugely accessible. They enable anyone, even if they lack a musical bone in their body, to feel like they’re the world’s greatest DJ or the third Chemical Brother.Making grooves the easy way is now not an iPad-only pastime
LG G Flex 2 will hit shelves on 19 March
If you've been holding out for LG's second generation G Flex, then you're in luck - it'll be available to pre-order from 28 February, and can be in your hands on 19 March.The curvier-than-average handset will be wrapping itself around heads in just a few months
Apple doomed to make money, hand over fist, judging by Q1 2015 results
Ongoing narrative surrounding Apple never really seems to change, as technology pundits clamour to party like it’s 1995. Apple is doomed and beleaguered, and every quarter we see predictions that it’s sure to abruptly find itself in a tailspin at some point very soon.iPhone maker reports biggest quarterly profit ever, by any public company
Living with... Destiny
Will we still be playing Destiny in a decade?When the developer was talking up its new game prior to launch, Bungie said it had a “10-year plan” for Destiny. Destiny wasn’t going to be a conventional first-person shooter like Call of Duty or Bungie’s own Halo games; Destiny was going to be the World of Warcraft (now, yes, over 10 years old) of shoot ‘em ups.Bungie claim their shared-world shooter is a "10-year game" - so how does it fare five months after launch?http://youtu.be/4nkpGCoCg94
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