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 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.
Chris Jordan, Music500, ArcElite @ ROUGOL on 21 Apr 2014
At the next meeting of the RISC OS User Group Of London on 21st April 2014 we are very pleased to have Chris Jordan as our guest speaker. Chris had a long involvement with Acorn, all the way through the Beeb and Archimedes era.
Wakefield Acorn & RISC OS Show, 26th April 2014
This year’s Wakefield Acorn & RISC OS Computer Show will be taking place on Saturday 26th April 2014, at its familiar home of the Cedar Court Hotel near Wakefield. Organised by the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club, the north’s premier RISC OS event is now in its nineteenth year.
Acorn port of Acorn imminent
RISC OS 5 users seeking alternatives to Paint may be wondering how the enhancements to GraphicsV will affect them.
SouthWest show reminder
This year's RISC OS SouthWest Show is to be held next Saturday, the 1st of March, at the Webbington Hotel near Weston-super-Mare. The show is planned to run from 10:30 to 4:00, and the list of exhibitors is set to include:CJE Micro's and 4DMartin WurthnerR-CompOrpheus InternetRISC OS Open Ltd (ROOL)John Norris (Bell ringing)Drag & DropArchive & FriendsFortran FriendsOrganizerVarious User GroupsCharity StandA Raspberry Pi Jam will also be held, in order to help raise interest in RISC OS and usher in a new generation of coders.
RISC OS London Show, Saturday 26th October 2013
This year’s RISC OS London Show is on Saturday 26th October, open 11am-5pm, at its usual venue of the St Giles Hotel in Feltham.
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
Today ROOL are celebrating the 20th birthday of the launch of the revolutionary Risc PC.
RISC OS Open at the South West Show tomorrow
We’re all excited about the South West Show tomorrow – we’ve got loads of new stuff to show you, a talk to update everyone about what’s been happening in RISC OS Land and some exclusive show merchandise…See you there!
Meteoric Return to RISC OS
The old favourite game “Meteors” has been added to the ‘Diversions’ in our standard RISC OS disc-based software release. This can be downloaded in the ‘beta’ HardDisc4 image from our downloads page.
More awards for RISC OS Open
We’re very pleased here at RISC OS Open to have received several great awards from this year’s annual RISC OS Awards, over at RISCOSitory.This year, ROOL has won in the following categories: For our NutPi product. Best show of initiative, again for the NutPi. For SDFS – from Piccolo Systems.
The various ROOL volunteers will be having holidays during the Christmas and New Year period. Broadly speaking, this means that for the two weeks from Saturday 21st December through to Sunday 5th January we are likely to be relatively unavailable. So please expect some delays in us responding to any correspondence during that period. Also note there will be delays fulfilling any orders from the ROOL site during this period.Normal service should be resumed from the week commencing Monday 6th January.Have a very merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year, from everyone at RISC OS Open.
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Amazon loads Docker app containerization into its cloud
Virtualization's likely successor gets another boostAlthough admins have been free to run Linux containerization technology Docker on top of Amazon Linux running on its rentable EC2 servers for some time, the company on Thursday announced that Docker had been integrated with Elastic Beanstalk.
Zuck talks up mobile shift as Facebook money mill rolls on
Social network will get new CFO as Ebersman departsFacebook once again topped analyst forecasts with the delivery of a $2.5bn revenue quarter on the strength of a 72 per cent jump in revenues.
Space station astronauts pop outside to replace crippled control computer
Speedy space walk by snorkel-equipped spacemen followed by trash dayTwo astronauts aboard the International Space Station have taken a wander over the outside of the station to replace a critical backup computer that conked out.
Startup OnePlus reveals 'flagship killer' mobe with CyanogenMod on board
But it's invites-only for now, and you might also need a hammerAfter months of teasing, Chinese smartphone startup OnePlus has formally launched the OnePlus One, a budget Android handset with specs so enticing that some industry watchers had suspected it of being vaporware.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Apple's strong iPhone sales crush Wall Street moneymen's tepid expectations
Plans seven-for-one stock split, $130bn capital returnDespite not introducing any significant new products during the second quarter of its fiscal 2014 ended in March, Apple has announced unexpectedly healthy revenues and profits for the quarter, with the all-important earnings per share numbers crushing analysts' expectations.
Geek Toys : Discovering Arduino DIY Kit
Arduino-rific! Arduino is a great way to take your electronics tinkerings to new levels. But what if you're just starting out? That's cool - just get this kit and learn all about electronics and Arduino programming as you build and create!
Tools : FireKnife - Sandvik Steel Knife With Fire Steel Insert
Be your own Fire & Rescue service The half-tang, 12C27 Sandvik stainless steel blade comes from Mora of Sweden, and the FireSteel inserts securely into handle of the knife with bayonet-lock action, producing 5,400° F sparks 3000 times over. $29.99
Electronics & Gadgets : Xbox One Headset Adapter
Adaptive evolution This Xbox One Headset Adapter allows you to game with your own personal favorite headset* and still adjust chat audio from the controller itself. And you can add game audio by connecting your headset directly to the controller, your console, or TV. $24.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Mathematical Scarves
You've got pi on you We're all about giving you elegant ways to express your geekdom out in the world to your fellow geeks so when we saw these elegant pieces, we knew we had to have them. $24.99
Home & Office : Engineering Blueprint Placemats
Use a placemat to have a contest to see who can build the most perfectly-engineered peanut butter and jelly sandwich. You thought making the perfect s'more or banana split was easy. Little did you know that there are specs involved. Use these Engineering Blueprint Placemats to ensure that your next PB&J, s'more, banana split, or ants on a log is built to code. $19.99
Stuff.tv Latest Gadgets
First Play: Watch_Dogs
Let’s start with a few pointers: in case you haven’t read our preview, Watch_Dogs is an open-world game in the GTA/Saints Row mould, but with a story that sets it apart. You play Aiden Pearce, a hacker vigilante who goes to labra-war against a sinister group of cyber-terrierists.We first got our paws on Watch_Dogs very briefly last year, but now we've had a full four-and-a-half-hour preview of a much more finished build, and we're impressed.
Samsung WW9000 is a touchscreen-equipped, smartphone-powered washing machine
Tech up your weekly wash with this smart tub. White goods never looked so good...
Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime with 2K screen is on its way
While the LG G3 and Oppo Find 7 look set to land with super sharp 2K display's, the Galaxy S5 is already gracing people's pockets with its 1080p screen. But it could soon have a 2K successor.Samsung could be releasing an ultra sharp screen this year after all
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2
We’re calling this one the battle of the phablets. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the undisputed king of the big-phone market, while the LG G Pro 2 is the super-sized version of our 2013 Smartphone of the Year, the LG G2. Two big phones, but which made the biggest impression on us?
At last, a device that scrambles eggs without breaking them
The egg: mankind's greatest culinary adversary. One moment you think you've got your omelette all planned out, the next you're thrashing helplessly in a puddle of egg-mess, shouting at yourself in yolk-smeared rage. The Golden Goose is probably the only egg centrifuge you'll buy this year
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