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 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.
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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....
Uncle Sam's disaster agency FEMA creates disaster of its own: 2.3 million survivors' personal records spilled
Org does to privacy what hurricanes did to your houseDisaster relief org FEMA has admitted, conveniently on a Friday night, to accidentally leaking banking details and other personal information of 2.3 million hurricane and wildfire survivors.
US prosecutors whack another three charges on list against ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch over $11bn HP biz gobble
What interesting timingUS prosecutors have slapped three more criminal charges on ex-Autonomy chief exec Mike Lynch, accusing him of securities and wire fraud regarding HP's acquisition of his company.
Security storm brewing for Oracle Java-powered smart cards: More than a dirty dozen flaws found, fixes... er, any fixes?
Vuln hunters warn malicious applets can bust through protections, snoop on or hijack access gizmosBug hunters say Oracle's Java Card platform is host to a dozen and a half security flaws that could place smart-cards and similar embedded devices using the tech at risk of hijacking.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Google sparks online outcry after its currency converter goes haywire for third time this year
Someone get that old FDIV-bugged Pentium out of web giant's serversWhat's that old saying? Ah, yes, it's right here in Google's corporate handbook: never apologize, never explain.
Netflix wants to choose its own adventure where Bandersnatch trademark case magically vanishes
Asks judge to toss sueball from branching-plot book publisherNetflix is adamant that the path of its Bandersnatch trademark lawsuit should be for the judge to throw the case out. How does El Reg respond?
Toys & Games : Star Trek TOS - Mr. Spock, Dress Uniform 8" Mego Action Figure
Nothing beats Vulcan logic. Even though he'll ruin your punchlines, this Mister Spock Mego action figure makes a perfect addition to your Star Trek collection. This figure features Spock in his dress uniform. $19.99
Toys & Games : Star Trek TOS - Romulan Commander 8" Mego Action Figure
The only nice thing about them is their ale. Be careful what you say around this Romulan Commander Mego action figure. The Romulans are extremely talented at gathering intelligence. $19.99
Toys & Games : Star Trek TOS - Lt. Uhura 8" Mego Action Figure
Her name means freedom. This Lt. Uhura Mego action figure is ready to take over ship communications for your collectibles. So what if we didn't address her by her first name for 40+ years? That just shows how highly we respect her. $19.99
Toys & Games : Star Trek TOS - Capt. Kirk - Dress Uniform 8" Mego Action Figure
Set phasers to stunning This Captain Kirk Mego action figure features our favorite Enterprise captain in his best uniform. It must be a special occasion. Maybe it's a diplomatic negotiation… or maybe he's officiating a Tribble wedding. $19.99
Toys & Games : The Invisible Man 8" Mego Action Figure
Keep the suit on or you'll never find him again. Thankfully, this Invisible Man Mego action figure is easy to find in his dapper suit. But what else would you expect from a well-known scientist like Dr. Griffin? In addition to being extremely intelligent, he's got a developed fashion sense. $19.99
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