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 22.214.171.124 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.
Voting open for RISC OS Awards 2014
Vince Hudd of RISCOSitory and Soft Rock Software has announced that voting for the 2014 RISC OS Awards is now open.
Mysterious new product to be announced at London Show
Lots of announcements have been coming in in the past few days in the run-up to this weekend's RISC OS London Show. However I think it's safe to say that the most-talked about news is that of a major new product that's due to be revealed at the show. Said to have been development by a coalition of parties for a year, details of exactly what it is or who is behind it are surprisingly stark. However some sleuths over on the RISC OS Open forums believe they have found the answer, hidden in a series of cryptic messages from R-Comp: A new computer based around the Freescale i.MX6 SoC.
VirtualRPC gets a Spring clean
There is now an update to VirtualRPC for Mac and Windows (a commercial program which has been around for over a decade now). There is a selection of free and commercial emulators on offer for Windows and Mac to 'upgrade' your machine into a RISCOS machine.
RISC OS London Show 2014 [Updated]
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You wait ages for ONE browser update for your Raspberry Pi...
In my personal computer usage, the web browser has always been the weak link on RISC OS so it is really nice to see an update to Netsurf appearing with NetSurf 3.2 being released at the end of August. It looks like essentially a bug-fix and code tidy release, with some incremental improvements to support for CSS handling, but always welcome features.
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
Sharper Tools for Crafting Code
RISC OS Open are pleased to announce the immediate availability of release 25 if the Desktop Development Environment (DDE25). The DDE is the definitive set of tools you need to author applications for RISC OS, and indeed to build the operating system itself.A considerable effort has been made to bring the DDE, C/C++, and Toolbox manuals back up to date. The Toolbox manual was last edited in 1994, so has some 20 years of catch up!The examples provided are now clearer, and make extensive use of the shared makefile scheme, which drastically simplifies building the most common of application and module arrangements.The tools themselves come with comprehensive change logs with fine level detail of bug fixes, but some of the highlights include:CC – the code generator can now optimise specifically for the ARM11 core, as featured on the Raspberry Pi platform, and accepts the #warning preprocessor directive to emit a throwback messageObjAsm – support for optional ARMv7 extensions and ARMv8 opcodes, plus stricter checking and more accurate warning reportingLinker – can now produce ‘Utility’ binaries directly from C object filesDDT – the debugger now works reliably on Cortex-A platforms such as the BeagleBoardMany of the new features and bug fixes are in direct response to
RISC OS London Show 2014
This year, we decided to celebrate the wonderful fact that our growing community of users and developers now spans every corner of the globe by asking some friends to translate our London Show announcement into a variety of languages.Many thanks to Alberto Bonamico (Italian), James Byrne (Japanese), Jose Manuel Ventoso Picos (Spanish), Katalin Szalay (Hungarian, Romanian), Lixin Cheng (Chinese), Martin Würthner (German), Moniek Hopman (Dutch) and Tina Evans (French).
Within the last couple of days, you might have heard about a really nasty security problem that’s so important it has already been given a name and an unofficial logo (!):Shellshock on WikipediaThe server running the ROOL web site was vulnerable to this issue but has been patched, with another patch due for a secondary, much less serious aspect of the bug for which a fix is not yet available.
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.
And maybe of interest....
Sony axes The Interview flick launch amid hacker terror threat
Terrorists win, Norks fingered againSony Pictures has confirmed the inevitable and cancelled the December 25 launch of The Interview after most major theater chains refused to run it.
Hurd'n'Catz leading Oracle to the cloud, but core biz still lags
Software, hardware remained sluggish in Q2Oracle beat analysts' estimates for once for the second quarter of its fiscal 2015, with an earnings report that otherwise showed only modest results.
Sony looks at unpopular Google Glass, shouts 'ME TOO!'
Electronics giant wants to clip a computer to your specsSony has unveiled a headset display that snaps on to a pair of glasses a la Google Glass.
Microsoft says to expect AWESOME things of Windows 10 in January
Next build to be a major updateMicrosoft says Windows Insider program members shouldn't be upset that no more Windows 10 Preview builds are coming this year, because the build that's expected to arrive in late January will be awesome - literally.
Pitch Black: New BlackBerry Classic is aimed at the old-school
This mobe is all tool belt and bracesHands on How can a phone maker sell out of its new smartmobe in advance when no one even knew what was inside? BlackBerry has somehow managed that feat.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
T-Shirts & Apparel : Retro Video Game Collectible Enamel Pin Set Series 8
Play it again, Sam. Every month for the rest of 2014, ThinkGeek is releasing a pair of pins inspired by our favorite classic game controllers. Decorated with enamel, these metal pins are stickback style and come with a rubber stopper. $9.99
Home & Office : Blizzard HearthStone Pint Glass - Set of 4
Perfect for whatever you're drinking with your chicken. Go drinking with four of your favorite legendary neutral minions from HearthStone: Nat Pagle, Ragnaros the Firelord, Nozdormu, and Leeroy Jenkins. $24.99
Home & Office : Adventure Time 20oz Cool Guy and Dweeb Mug Set
A pair of massive and mathematical mugs that look just like the pair that Jake and Finn drink from in the Adventure Time episode A pair of massive and mathematical mugs that look just like the pair that Jake and Finn drink from in the Adventure Time episode "Card Wars" $19.99
Geek Toys : Pacific Rim - 7" Deluxe Action Figure - Series 4 Jaeger
MOAR Jaegers! Choose Gipsy Danger 2.0 Figure (Hong Kong Brawl) or Tacit Ronin Figure from these NECA Series 4 Pacific Rim action figures. $24.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Star Wars Stainless Steel Pendants
Accessorizing your fandom Made from durable 316L surgical stainless steel, these pieces will be with you for years. As long as you wear them in the right company. $29.99 - $39.99
Stuff.tv Latest Gadgets
BlackBerry Classic launches in States with UK shipments starting in mid-January
As promised, BlackBerry launched its Classic handset today, which blends the company’s iconic design philosophy with upgraded internals. It’s shipping in North America, and now we know when to expect it in the UK.Company's return-to-form smartphone starts making its way to consumershttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60uh2ccU_S0
Christmas Gift Guide 2014: Money No Object
Feel like delivering a grand gesture for someone special this year? Or just had an unexpected windfall and wondering what to treat yourself to?Well you're in luck, because we've trawled the luxury item stores to compile a Christmas list to make you laugh or weep. Possibly at the same time. God bless us all.READ MORE: All of our Christmas gift ideas in one handy place'Tis the season of excess - and you won't get much more excessive than these 12 wallet-busting gifts
Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: The Samsung UE55HU7500 is the TV of the Year
For most of us, a television is the centrepiece of our home entertainment, a flat-screened digital hearth that we can gather around to watch engrossing films, elucidating documentaries and, on occasion, no-mark desperadoes scoffing down bugs in an Australian jungle.Getting square eyes never felt so enjoyable, thanks to Samsung's deserving winner
Promoted: 4K OLED... What you, the readers, think
Some lucky readers came over to our place to check out the future of television: 4K OLED...
CES 2015: What to expect from the biggest tech and gadget show on Earth
Red Bull. Energy tablets. Assorted sweets. Eye drops. Chapsticks (Vegas is dry). Our CES survival packs are ready.Yes, it's nearly that time of year again where we traverse the ocean to arrive in the nether regions of the Mojave desert, where the annual International Consumer Electronics Expo kicks off once again.Running from 6-9 January, the world's tech giants and hopefull startups will converge in Las Vegas, showing off their tantalising tech wares for all the world to see.The CES 2015 hub is officially open. Bring on the news onslaught
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