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 18.104.22.168 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.
What is your current RISC OS setup? (Michael Ben-Geshon)
I am running an ARMx6, a Windows 10 machine and a linux server, all connected via a KVM switch to an Eizo FlexScan S2431W monitor. The linux server contains most of the working data files for all 3 machines. Each machine gets used for the applications which run best on it. So most of my day to day work is done in a "Microsoft Free Zone" on the linux server which runs firefox (browser) and thunderbird (for mail).
Some RISC OS related articles to read
While you are at home, spending more time with your families, pet and beloved RISC OS kit, we thought you might be interested in some more reading material.
What is your current RISC OS setup? (Andy)
It isn't the tidiest of desks, but it is better than usual! I did take the photo in it's natural state, rather than getting the Pledge out. It does get tidied periodically, honest.
What is your current RISC OS setup? (Martin)
Here's mine, it's used for hobby projects, not work ones.
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RISC OS Open
As I’m sure you are all aware, RISC OS Open places our user and developer community at the very top of our list of priorities. In the light of the current pandemic and the very latest advice from the UK Government, we find ourselves in a position of seeing no alternative but to withdraw from all face-to-face social engagements, such as user group meetings and shows, including the up-coming Wakefield Show.
Three interesting topics for our march towards April
With the added productivity of our bonus leap day behind us, there is still a lot to look forward to in the next couple of months. For example:Setting off towards our new RISC OS 5.28 stable releaseJourneying to Wakefield, UK for the 25th WROCC show on 18th AprilReaching new heights of bounty goodness
New Desktop Development Environment reaches out
Last year’s London show saw the snappily titled DDE29 becoming generally available.Packing in some 300 changes, the main highlights are:Latest Norcroft C compilerCode generation now tailored to use ARMv6/v7/v8 extended instructions where possibleOptimisations to substitute selected code sequences with ARMv6/v7/v8 media instructions where possibleInline assembler updated to accept ARMv6/v7/v8 mnemonicsLiteral pool reductions where available and enabled through use of MOVW+MOVTNew intrinsic functions to get access to operations not normally accessible from CABC (the BASIC compiler) now supports hexadecimal entered in mixed caseRevised User Interface Toolbox and ABC manuals plus detailed change logs for all the provided toolsLibrary improvements to the TCP/IP library adds RFC2553 supporting functions, part of the TCP/IP bounty work getting ready for IPv6, and stronger type checking for all functions in the Toolbox libraryDDT (the desktop debugger) now uses the same disassembly engine as other tools, and can step the new instructions which the compiler emitsTechnical enhancements to AMU, CMHG, and ABC’s command line processing
ROOL at the RISC OS South West Show
After a (relatively) mild winter of hibernation, we’re pleased to announce that some of the ROOL team will be making our annual pilgrimage to Bristol for the RISC OS South West Show.
We're throwing open the doors to our lab
Following a period of beta-testing by a small group of volunteers, ROOL is proud to announce that our GitLab is now accepting sign-ups for anyone wanting to contribute to developing RISC OS. Dive in, the water’s lovely and warm!
And maybe of interest....
Rolls-Royce leads data analytics alliance with its sights set on COVID-19 economic recovery
Aims to limit recessionary impacts, help global pandemic responseFirst data was the new oil, then Google said data is more like sunlight. A flood of organisations proposing big data insight into the COVID-19 response would have anyone believe it is the new medicine.
Compose yourselves - Docker has published multi-container app spec, needs contributors to help maintain and develop it
Now focused on developers, firm wants its tools to be more universally useful. Keep it light(weight), thoughDocker has published the Compose specification, used for defining its own multi-container applications, and is asking contributors to help with its maintenance and evolution.
As Zoom bans spread over privacy concerns, vid-conf biz taps up Stamos as firefighter in totally-not-a-PR stunt move
Former Facebook, Yahoo! CSO to advise CEO after weeks of soaring popularity and scrutinyVideo-conferencing company du jour Zoom is desperately trying to head off a mass exodus of users by announcing a new advisory board - and hiring former Facebook and Yahoo! CSO Alex Stamos as a troubleshooter.
SAP hits back in Oracle cloud spat: I am rubber, you are glue, we have twice as many ERP installations as you
Big words from co-CEO after Larry Ellison ribs vendor during earnings callDeath, taxes and vendor feuds seem the only certainties to which the disheartened technology careerist can cling in these troubled times.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Academic showdown as boffins biff-baff over when Version 1.0 of Earth's magnetic core was released
'They have not reported an objective analysis' - now that's a zingerA newly published study into the start date for the Earth's magnetic field has provoked claims of foul play among rival academics.
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