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 188.8.131.52 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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RISC OS Open
Connecting with the 21st century
Barely a day goes by without a data leak or hacking attempt on some of the world’s biggest corporations, so it’s more important than ever to keep your security software up to date. One of the aims of this first step in overhauling the RISC OS network stack was to purge any out of date and weak protocols.
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.
And maybe of interest....
Millions of personal files exposed by insurance biz, serial web hacker strikes again, and more from infosec land
Your two-minute guide to all the other security news this weekRoundup It's a bumper three-day weekend in the US and UK, so we won't keep you long. Here's a rapid summary of information security news from the past week beyond what El Reg has already covered.
That magical super material Apple hopes will hit backspace on its keyboard woes? Nylon
iFixit ters dwn ew Macbook Pro wth utterfl eyoard atst fixsThe magicc new materil emedded in Apple's vry latest Macbook Pro keyaords, to prevnt them from malfutioning, is nylon, iFixit, the popular DIY repair shop, reveled on Friay.
Activist shareholders to target Zuck with giant angry emoji inflatable at Facebook AGM
Eight total resolutions seek to make antisocial network more accountable (the US tech giant opposes them all)Facebook stock-owning activists are planning to deliver an eight-foot angry-looking emoji to CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the company's annual general meeting next week to highlight widespread frustration with the US web goliath.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
DXC: We axed 10k staff, shut nine data centres, closed 4.6m sq ft of office space... and sales tumbled, funnily enough
On the plus side it did hire 2,000 cheap staff in fiscal 2019Beleaguered outsourcing badass DXC Technology has just reported another uneventful year in which $1bn in revenues evaporated, and it saved $500m in overheads, in part, by chopping 10,000 employees.
That's just Huawei it goes, shrugs founder as analysts forecast sales slump for embattled biz
Don't worry, they have Plan Bs and spare tyres apparentlyAnalysts are predicting a big slump in sales for Huawei thanks to the US Department of Commerce and the ongoing trade wars.
Toys & Games : Kingdom Hearts Organization XIII Mickey and Assassin Action Figures - Exclusive
King Mickey goes incognito. Reenact your favorite moments from Kingdom Hearts 2 with these GameStop / ThinkGeek exclusive Kingdom Hearts Organization XIII Mickey and Assassin Action Figures. $19.99
Bags & Backpacks : RWBY Lace-Up Ruby Rose Cosplay Backpack
Only the best for Beacon Academy. This RWBY Lace-Up Ruby Rose Cosplay Backpack lets you dress up like the leader of RWBY. It's big enough to fit your HCSS in storage mode, but we'd recommend using it to store other things instead. $79.99
Toys & Games : Mega Man 11: Mega Man and Block Man Action Figure 3-Pack
Get bricked. This Mega Man 11: Mega Man and Block Man Action Figure 3-Pack already assumes Mega Man is going to win the fight. Now that's our type of fight! $14.99
Collectibles : Kingdom Hearts Mickey & Donald Gallery Figure - Exclusive
BFFs or rivals? This GameStop / ThinkGeek exclusive Kingdom Hearts Mickey & Donald Gallery Figure shows how capable the two friends are on the battlefield. $49.99
Collectibles : Fallout 1:6 Scale Dogmeat Statue
11/10 H*ckin good statue. This smol doggo is ready to come home with you today. This statue comes with interchangeable heads - one armored, one not - so you can decide how to display your own personal Dogmeat. We hear armor helps prepare for snout boop in three, two, one... $39.99
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