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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July News round-up
Some things we noticed this month. What did you see?
Rougol July talk
The Rougol July meeting was a more gentle event with 2 people in the pub and 20 remote, chatting about RISC OS and life in general and enjoying the sunshine.
July Rougol meeting goes hybrid
The July Rougol meeting next week is going hybrid. No, this does not mean we are all jumping into the back of Bryan Hogan's new petrol/electric car...
Iris July update
The last time we looked at Iris was the April release (1.010), and the Developers have been very busy since then.
FOURtress reviewed as a Linux machine
In my previous 2 articles I gave my first impressions of the FOURtress and Reviewed the FOURtress as a RISC OS machine. This time we look at it for Linux (interacting with RISC OS).
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RISC OS Open
Going round in circles, quickly
There are a few areas where the potential for speed-ups are huge yet to date RISC OS has been unable to harness them. One such area is where the more complicated floating point mathematical operations are used, like sine and cosine, rather than simple add/subtract/multiply/divide – but that has all changed in our nightly RISC OS 5 ROMs from July 2021 onwards.
Bounties earn 10 year merit badge but want 3 more
It’s hard to believe, but the RISC OS Open bounty scheme was launched in ten years ago and in that time has delivered £39,249.91 of improvements to the OS, with a further £13,990.72 currently work in progress.How does it all work in practice?You can see how we select bounties and what the current status of those running are at any time by clicking on the ‘More information’ link beneath the totaliser.Each of the currently active bounties also include an overview of what they are trying to achieve, as well as a guide target amount. The target is based on costing a rough project plan as a way of comparing one with another; so a high target is more work than a low one, rather than a guarantee that a developer claims it the moment it reaches 100%.
ObjAsm becomes self-aware in latest DDE update
The assembler tool, one of the cornerstones of the Desktop Development Environment (DDE), has taken on a life of its own in the latest update which was made available to eligible developers today. The main changes include:The addition of support for instructions from ARMv8.0 to the very latest ARMv8.6Support for the IEEE half-precision floating point instructions in the VFP instruction setA new data type for BFloat16More thorough rules checking around ‘IT’ blocksA number of bug fixes and improvements to warning and error textThe table of known CPUs to target has been updated, right up to the Cortex-X1Extra built-in variables to allow conditional assembly for a given target
Pi 400 coming in to land
It’s been a bumpy flight through 2020 but RISC OS Open airways would like to welcome the Raspberry Pi 400 as it joins the other frequent flyers of the Pi family of educational computers.
Development easier than A-B-C
At the recent London show we launched DDE30, the new edition the Desktop Development Environment, to a wall of miniature faces via Zoom. If you weren’t able to attend, read on…
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Tech spec experts seek allies to tear down ISO standards paywall
Open letter drafted against what's seen as unjustified profiteeringMany of the almost 24,000 technical standards maintained by the International Standards Organization (ISO) are subject to copyright restrictions and are not freely available.
Sysadmins: Why not simply verify there's no backdoor in every program you install, and thus avoid any cyber-drama?
Just 'validate third-party code before using it', says Euro bodyHalf of publicly reported supply chain attacks were carried out by "well known APT groups", according to an analysis by EU infosec agency ENISA, which warned such digital assaults need to drive "new protective methods."[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Euro watchdog will try to extract $900m from Amazon for breaking data privacy laws
You miss every shot you don't take, we guessAmazon says a European Union privacy watchdog has mustered the temerity to demand a $885m fine for failing to comply with data privacy rules.
Russia says software malfunction caused Nauka module to unexpectedly fire thrusters, tilt space station
You call this a glitch?Russia said a "software failure" caused its Nauka module to suddenly and unexpectedly fire its thrusters after docking with the International Space Station this week.
HP Inc slurps Teradici to get better at delivering remote PCs
Apparently quite a few people haven't been in the office as much latelyHP Inc has acquired remote PC specialist Teradici.
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