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 220.127.116.11 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.
David Pilling Treasure Trove
If you are looking to learn about software, there is a treasure trove of source code and resources available on the Internet.
South-West Show Q and A
With the South-West Show a month away, we hunted down the organisers for some more details....
3 key dates for your diary in 2019
While you are still in New Year's resolution mode, there are 3 key dates which should be in your diary for 2019. We are very lucky in the RISC OS World to have 3 Shows spread across the country and they diary. They are where all the big announcements are made, and the chance to meet developers and other RISC OS users. It is worth attending at least one (if not all 3).
Some things we noticed this month. What did you see?
RISC OS interview with Chris Williams
For your Christmas treat this year, we have an interview with Chris Williams, of Drobe and The Register fame. Enjoy and a very Merry Christmas from Iconbar.
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Another bounty gets under way for 2019
Following the unprecedented pledges made by the community during November and December, we’re able to announce that the bounty to teach the C compiler some new tricks is now under way.
Bounty matching target success!
We are delighted to announce that we reached our £5,000 bounty matching target before the end of 2018! This saw some extremely generous donations from across the community into our open bounties. We have matched each of the donations, up to our total of £5,000.As a special bonus, now we have closed-off the General bounty for 2018, we have re-distributed £3,000 across three of the open bounties (the fourth has already been snapped up!).
Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ on sale now
The latest Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ has been released – and RISC OS 5.26/5.27 already support the new hardware. If you want to try RISC OS out on this, grab a copy of NOOBS Lite and select RISC OS from the installation menu.This Pi has a clock speed of 1.4GHz, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking and the improved thermal performance of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. It also has a smaller form factor and a lower price than the Pi 3 Model B+.
£5,000 of bounty matching goodness
Once more, we at ROOL are going to put our money where our website is and start matching bounty contributions from you good people. For the remainder of 2018, we will match any donations into our bounty scheme (excluding the General bounty and recurring donations) up to a total of £5,000.
RISC OS 5.26 is alive!
The Open Source RISC OS source tree is now live on our site for your delectation. There are some things you need to know…
And maybe of interest....
Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently
How many ad blocks could an ad slinger block if an ad slinger could block blocks?Google software engineers have proposed changes to the open-source Chromium browser code that will break content-blocking extensions, including ad blockers.
Heads up: Debian's package manager is APT for root-level malware injection... Fix out now to thwart MITM hijacks
Disable redirects before applying updateThe Debian Project has patched a security flaw in its software manager Apt that can be exploited by miscreants to execute commands as root on victims' boxes as they update or install packages.
Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide
Chip giant can't shake off US class-action lawsuit over Bulldozer advertisingA class-action lawsuit against AMD claiming false advertising over its "eight core" Opteron and FX processors has been given the go-ahead by a California judge.
Veeam: Users are crying out for cloud tiers
At least we hope so - 'cos here are some 'infinite' cloudy backup repositoriesVeeam has added a Cloud element to its Availability Suite, tiering off old data to object storage in AWS and Azure or on-premises.
En garde! 'Cyber-war has begun' - and France will hack first, its defence sec declares
Parly-vous cyber-security? No plan to surrender, military bug bounty comingFIC2019 France's defence secretary Florence Parly today declared "Cyber war has begun."[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Collectibles : Funko POP! Harry Potter Hermione w/ Time Turner Vinyl Figure
It's FUN-ko POP!, not Fun-KO POP! The little Time Turner around this Hermione figure's neck won't actually turn time back. (Otherwise, we wouldn't be selling it so much as using it ourselves.) But that's okay. It's still an adorable Funko POP!, one which should join your collection today. $9.99
Collectibles : Funko POP! My Hero Academia Shota Aizawa Vinyl Figure
Nothing crueler than letting a dream end midway. Imagine having the hero Eraserhead as your teacher! Well, okay, you've probably never heard of him. But now he's the homeroom teacher for your class of Funko POP! figures, and they'd better live up to his expectations. $9.99
Bags & Backpacks : Apollo 11 Mission Film Reel Lunch Canister
Your lunch has landed. Carry your own thermostabilized cheddar cheese spread (or whatever's for lunch) in this Apollo 11 Mission Film Reel Lunch Canister. With a three-part bento-style design, it looks like it was made to keep some of the film from the mission. $24.99
Pac-Man Lamp with Sound
Pac-Man Lamp with Sound Allow this Pac-Man Lamp to light your way today. When you plug it in, it lights up and greets you with the familiar game start music. It includes sound effects from the game that sound super crisp and sweet like you're standing right next to the machine. $34.99
Home & Office : Aladdin Magic Carpet Rug
Aladdin Magic Carpet Rug Whether you live in a Cave of Wonders or a tiny room, this Aladdin Magic Carpet Rug will make it 17% more magical. Note: Rug does not necessarily enable purchaser to fly. $69.99
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