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.
RISC OS Midsummer MUG Show 2014 - Saturday 12th July
The RISC OS Midsummer Mug Show 2014 takes place on Saturday 12th July 11:00am - 16:30pm at St John's Church Hall, 205 Warwick Road, Kenilworth CV8 1HY.
Getting FAT32FS working on a RiscPC with a Castle USB Card
I have a RISC OS 4.39 RiscPC with a Castle USB card and Compact Flash card reader attached. This uses Castle‘s !SoftSCSI to access the flash cards.
Latest Archive is dropping onto a door step near you....
It has been a while since we flagged up Archive magazine (which continues to be published regularly and has a very 'retro' website). So the recent arrival of the latest release seems a good excuse to review it...
The Icon Bar needs YOU
Are you tired of looking at the front page and seeing those same old articles from over a year ago?Have you noticed we haven't done anything new for April Fools day for several years?Have you noticed how most of our show announcements are dangerously close to being made too late?Do you have a keen interest in RISC OS?Are you capable of forming basic sentences?Do you enjoy working long hours for no pay and little reward?If you answered YES to all of the above, then good news! We're looking for new writing staff to supplement the current lot, most of whom left the RISC OS scene behind a long time ago, or are far too busy with other things to update the site on a regular schedule.
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.
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
Raspberry Pi Model B+
The folks at the Raspberry Pi Foundation have been busy producing an enhanced version of everybody’s favourite credit card sized ARM11 computer, to arrive at the “Model B+”.This mirrors the line up that Acorn provided with it’s educational microcomputer range in the 1980’s – the cut-down Model A, the more common Model B, and an enhanced Model B+.The Model B+ has a number of features including doubling the number of USB sockets and switching to a micro SD card for booting and storage.Fortunately RISC OS Open have had the inside track on this new development ahead of time and Ben Avison of Piccolo Systems has been able to update the SD card filing system hardware drivers to talk to the changed hardware.Users of the Model B+ should ensure that they use the RC12A beta release of the software, as this includes the necessary changes but is otherwise identical to the RC12 download.To jump start your adventures into the Model B+ you might want to buy this on a ready-to-go micro SD card from the ROOL Store. The great value NutPi is also now available in micro SD card format.Due to the popularity of anything new from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, please be aware that stocks may become exhausted quickly or be subject to longer than normal despatch times.
Save a Frog!
Many users might remember playing the BBC Micro version of Hopper (Acornsoft, 1983) having loaded all its 8 colour goodness off an audio cassette.
Happy birthday, BASIC
To celebrate the 50th birthday of the BASIC programming language, we are very pleased to announce the release of RISC OS Pico. This is a very cut-down RISC OS for the Raspberry Pi that boots directly into BASIC, just like on the Beeb.
Today ROOL are celebrating the 20th birthday of the launch of the revolutionary Risc PC.
And maybe of interest....
No one wants Apple Macs? Tell that to Apple. Oh wait, it can't hear you over the $6bn sales pile
CEO bigs up IBM as 'puter, iPhone see record numbersApple is crediting strong Mac and iOS device sales for a quarter in which the firm pulled $37.4bn in sales.
How's VMware doing? Like a bull in a China shop, boasts virty beast
Growth in Middle Kingdom plus beans spilled on software-defined networking cashVMware revenues have risen 17 per cent on the back of the company signing several lucrative multi-year licensing agreements.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m
That current affairs pun was shocking but it has potentialThere's a million dollars in prizes up for grabs from Google and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for the clever clogs who can build a direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) converter that's the size of a laptop.
SAP gets into OpenStack bed with... ORACLE? (and 100 others)
Splurges $25k to get a seat at the open-source cloud project's marketing tableSAP is preparing to work with arch-rival Oracle on developing open-source software that will benefit both companies' products.
Microsoft's bagging more bucks - but profit flat as Nadella waves axe
Earnings for Q4 narrowly miss estimates following Nokia gobbleMicrosoft posted solid yet unspectacular results for both the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2014 and the full fiscal year, even as investors brace for new CEO Satya Nadella to lower the axe on as many as 18,000 staffers as part of a restructuring announced earlier this week.
Electronics & Gadgets : NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Cover
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Electronics & Gadgets : NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet
The NVIDIA SHIELD tablet delivers the perfect mix of power, portability, and performance. The NVIDIA SHIELD tablet delivers the perfect mix of power, portability, and performance. Get everything you need to enjoy games, movies, and apps in stunning clarity for hours on end.
Electronics & Gadgets : NVIDIA SHIELD Wireless Controller
The ultimate gaming controller for the ultimate gaming tablet: the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet! The ultimate gaming controller for the ultimate gaming tablet: the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet! Ergonomically designed for maximum performance and comfort. Also features a clickable capacitive touch pad.
Geek Kids : Ultimate Dino Dig
Science you can really dig Feed your child's inner paleontologist with this Ultimate Dino Dig excavation kit. Each kit comes with excavation tools so you can carefully dig out and clean each bone, and put them all together for a complete, tiny T. rex skeleton. $14.99
Geek Kids : Dinosaur Poop Dig
Excavate genuine dinosaur dung fossils just like a real paleontologist and start your own doodie collection. Excavate genuine dinosaur dung fossils just like a real paleontologist and start your own dino doodie collection. Yup, real dinosaur poop - just dig it out yourself. $9.99
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Samsung's curved 105in 4K UHD TV priced at US$120,000
Samsung went for broke at CES early this year by revealing its 105in monstrosity of a curved, 4K Ultra HD television—and now you’ll surely go broke if you even consider adding this thing to your entertainment center.In case you're seeking a television that costs as much as a flat
Oppo Find 7
Oppo’s Find 7 is a true spec warrior to worry even the mighty LG G3.It has a 5.5in, 2K screen, Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM. It also has a 13MP camera that shoots 4K video. So, on specs alone, it matches or beats the best smartphones money can buy - yet its £380 price is closer to that of a mid-range handset.LG G3 specs for less than £400. Yep, seriously.
Win an iRobot Roombo 800!
Because, let's face it, whipping out a hoover and trawling through your house to suck up dust and debris is up there with emptying the dishwasher and hanging up the washing. Yes, you have to do it, and you begrudgingly go through the motions, but not without surfing the Chore Gods under your breath the entire time. Thankfully we live in a world where technology is advanced enough to make our lives a lot easier, and the new iRobot Roomba 800 is the ideal elixir to cure your..."I can't wait to get home and start hoovering!" said no one ever
Apple iWatch? It's iTime for a change
An Apple patent has revealed details of a smartwatch device dubbed 'iTime'.Apple patent shows off smart wristwear with gesture control and sensors in the strap
Microsoft Ventures: a look back at the madness
Microsoft Ventures Madness; two hectic days in central London packed with 38 hopeful startups, all fighting for spaces on Microsoft's 14 week Accelerator programme.Stuff was there, soaking in the smiles, the tears, the buzz of innovation, all while watching hungry innovators give their pitches to a panel of judges.Here's a recap of Microsoft's two-day event to find the UK's next big tech startups
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