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 184.108.40.206 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.
Font Directory Pro moves to 3.23
Elesar have released an updated version of Font Directory Pro. As the version number suggests, this is just an incremental update. It does add one really useful feature (suggested by a user) to allow text on the global clipboard to be used in the application.
CashBook and other goodies
Steve Fryatt is a well-known face in the RISC OS world and a regular fixture at RISC OS shows where his stand always has lots of interesting software.
June News Round-up
Some things we noticed this month. What did you see?
!Organizer updated to 2.28a
A surprise release at Wakefield 2018 was an updated version of !Organizer (2.28a). As the number suggests, this is an incremental update to fix bugs and also add minor improvements to the ToDo Section and the interaction with RiscOSM. According to the change log there are 30 changes in the code from v2.
Getting started with Bash on RISC OS
There are lots of hidden treasures to try for free in PackMan (see our review from 2017). In this article we are going to go into more depth with Bash. Bash is a freely available on many systems (I use it all the time at work on Macs and Linux systems). It also provides the basis for running many other tools and automating things by writing short Bash scripts.
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RISC OS Open
Fruit of community effort ready to pick
Updating the User Guide from the parrot’s previous outing in 1996 has been a huge task. We’ve incorporated some of the introductory chapters about using RISC OS from the Welcome Guide (your supplier should still give you specific instructions about plugging the computer together), plus adding new chapters to cover the extra bundled applications and features in RISC OS 5.A total of 62 chapters and over 900 images were brought together, with contributions and reviewing from the community. There’s now also some tutorial material included in the latest HardDisc4 to accompany the text.In light of the community input we’ve squeezed the price down to just £20.00 (plus delivery, cost depends on destination) with an electronic copy following shortly for those who prefer to read on screen.
ROOL goes dutch at RISC OS eXperience 2018
Saturday 12th May sees the Big Ben Club hosting this year’s international RISC OS eXperience show. We look forward to seeing you there!
RISC OS 5.24 stable is now available
After a long run up RISC OS Open Limited (ROOL) are pleased to announce the much anticipated latest stable RISC OS release for many of the computers your favourite OS currently runs on.
RISC OS Open at Wakefield 2018
RISC OS Open look forward to seeing you at the Wakefield RISC OS show, this Saturday 21th April 2018.We’re on stand 15 all day, or come to hear what we’ve doing and how to get involved in the midday theatre slot.New releasesIt’ll be a chance to get hands on with RISC OS 5.24 – the new stable release – making its first public outing, packed with over 650 changes and improvements since the last version in 2015. Newly updated editions of the popular RISC OS Pi and ePic SD cards will also be launched on Saturday.The recently revised Desktop Development Environment (DDE28b) will be on sale for budding developers.And as if that isn’t enough, the brand new edition of the RISC OS 5 User Guide will be available to take away on the day; light reading for the long journey home.Easier ways to buyFollowing feedback at previous shows (we do listen!) we’ll also be able to take payment by card for the first time, including contactless payments. It’s never been easier to buy merchandise or pledge towards one of the open bounties.
Padlock clicks shut on network stack project
We’re excited to be able to reveal two important steps in the overhaul of RISC OS’ creaking network stack today.It’s a lock-in on step 1After a number of briefcases containing keys were exchanged, and several complex meetings concluded in a three way handshake the bounty, which opened in February 2017, has now begun at a top secret location.This particular bounty received a generous sponsorship from equally hush hush RISC OS Developments Ltd as part of their vision to improve that particular area of the OS. We’re very grateful for that, and invite other companies to present giant cardboard cheques to accelerate their favourite bounties towards each target amount too.
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Galvanize slurps Hack Reactor as code schools pivot get professional
Enterprise is the new green among bootcampsGalvanize, a for-profit tech training biz headquartered in Denver on Thursday said it plans to acquire Hack Reactor, a San Francisco-based code bootcamp provider, for an undisclosed sum.
Fukushima reactors lend exotic nuclear finish to California's wines
Smooth body with a perky top note and a hint of cesium-137 for post-2011 vintagesSavants reckon radiation released by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear kerfuffle has made its way into California's wine.
Mmm, yes. 11-nines data durability? Mmmm, that sounds good. Except it's virtually meaningless
No one can agree on how it's calculatedAnalysis What do data durability numbers mean? Azure brags 12 and even 16 nines durability, while Amazon S3, Google Cloud Platform and Backblaze tout 11 nines. What does this mean?[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Declassified files reveal how pre-WW2 Brits smashed Russian crypto
Moscow's agents used one-time pads, er, two times - ой!Efforts by British boffins to thwart Russian cryptographic cyphers in the 1920s and 1930s have been declassified, providing fascinating insights into an obscure part of the history of code breaking.
Architects? Power-hungry GPU fiends? HP has something for you
Venerable PC maker emits bunch of graphics powerhousesDemonstrating that there is still life in the old dog, HP Inc has ripped the covers off a line-up of workstations aimed squarely at users seeking a lot more oomph from a smaller form-factor.
Electronics & Gadgets : Star Trek Wireless Vulcan Earbuds
Rock out with your Spock out. Use these Spock-ear earbuds to jam to some Vulcan lute or take a call. They come with 3 sizes of silicone eartips, and you can use them for 4-5 hours on a single charge (depending on the volume). $39.99
Home & Office : Star Trek TNG Corridor Door Cover
Stage direction: INT. CORRIDOR. This Star Trek TNG Corridor Door Cover will make any interior door look like a hallway from the Enterprise D of Star Trek: The Next Generation without the exorbitant expense of building a spaceship. $24.99
Collectibles : Funko POP! Marvel Studios 10 Iron Man Mark I - SDCC Exclusive
This is our ticket outta here! Celebrate where it all started with this Iron Man Mark I Funko POP! honoring 10 years of Marvel Studios. He's a GameStop / ThinkGeek exclusive from our friends at Funko created explicitly for the summer convention season.
Collectibles : Funko POP! Overwatch Soldier: 76 - Grillmaster - SDCC Exclusive
Respect the chef. Celebrate the awesome that is Soldier: 76's Grillmaster: 76 skin from the Overwatch Summer Games with this new Funko POP! figure. He's a GameStop / ThinkGeek exclusive from our friends at Funko created explicitly for the summer convention season. $11.99
Tools : Rick and Morty Pickle Rick Sleeping Bag
You're Pickle Rick! It's high time you turned yourself into Pickle Rick to get out of attending awkward family therapy or going to stupid class or having to run boring errands. Pack this Pickle Rick sleeping bag and take off for another dimension - one in which you sleep.
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