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 126.96.36.199 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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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.
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Raspberry Pi release RC14
Last weekend, we released RC14 of RISC OS for the Raspberry Pi, RISC OS Pi. This will run on all models of the Raspberry Pi, including model A, A+, B, B+ and brand new model 2.You can buy RISC OS Pi R14 from our store or you can download the image to burn onto an SD card here.
2×Pi×r ... Pi 2 Release Available Now
Today marks the availability of the very latest beta release candidate for the popular Raspberry Pi educational platform. This ROM now includes support for the Mark 2 Model B Raspberry Pi hardware, using the newer BCM2836 system on chip and a total of 1GB of RAM. The model A, B, and B+ are still supported too.Visitors to the South west show on Saturday 21st February 2015 can pick up a copy on either SD card or micro SD card.If you can’t make the show, it can also be ordered online for the same low price as earlier releases. We’ll be making it available as a download in the next few days for users who are confident burning the image onto their existing cards.With a lucky rabbit’s foot in our side pocket, this follow up to the earlier RC12 is in fact RC14 and includes the following headline changes in addition to the Mark 2 Model B support:The kernel now understands and can render sprites with alpha levels of transparency, and hence the desktop can use these facilities too.The kernel now supports a much wider array of pixel buffer formats for the screen including 4k and 64k.The USB driver, DWCDriver, now uses fast interrupts to handle some of the load from the USB peripheral. Previously normal interrupts might miss
Essential guide to stylish development
Last published in July 1993, today RISC OS Open Limited are pleased to announce the immediate availability of a fully revised and updated Style Guide for RISC OS. This Guide is an essential part of the RISC OS developer’s collection. It describes the standards of ‘look and feel’ to which you should write a RISC OS application. The main aim of the Guide is to help all developers to give their applications a common and consistent look and feel so that users will be able to find their way around new programs easily and will be able to use applications together when appropriate. There is advice on how to implement this, and detailed descriptions of how to produce the icons you will need to use in your dialogue boxes and windows.Extending to some 152 pages the guide includes the following major changes:Lifting of dated restrictions to applications such as memory, colours, and screen resolutionsRequirement to use standard cut-and-paste, and preferably the drag-and-drop models for selectionFull details of the facilities afforded by the Choices directory inside the Universal Boot sequenceGuidance on how to handle Unicode, desktop themes, and alpha transparencyIntegration of the help and keyboard improvements introduced with the IyonixPromotion of the Toolbox to effortlessly create Style Guide compliant applicationsRicher dialogue layouts through use of the Nested Window Manageras well as numerous corrections, revised or improved drawings and screenshots.
Cut and Paste. Cut and Paste.
CJE Micro’s / 4D has very kindly sponsored ROOL in order to help us go the final mile and finish the development work on complete global clipboard support to Edit and SrcEdit.This feature means users will finally have the full range of cut, copy, paste and delete operations to help them transfer information between Edit/SrcEdit and other applications with global clipboard support. With the aid of this generous sponsorship, we are expecting to galvanise the final development and make this feature available in the forthcoming RISC OS 5.22 release, due out in the coming months.See the work in progress at the RISC OS South West Show this weekend.
Raspberry Pi 2 at the South West Show
RISC OS Open are pleased to announce that we will be attending the RISC OS South West Show on Saturday 21st February 2015, near Bristol in the UK.
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Accedian goes hybrid NFV in carrier QoS product
Virtualises CPE to cut deployment costRather than pull out all the stops on network function virtualisation (NFV), telcos would like to stage their implementations one piece at a time, according to Canadian vendor Accedian Networks.
Opportunity suffers another flash-memory 'amnesia' moment
Rover's didn't lose data, Mars boffins 'disappointed' but not surprised at memory glitchA flash memory reformat left NASA's Mars rover Opportunity with a brief episode of what the agency calls "amnesia" - thankfully, without any loss of scientific data.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
AWS flicks switch for cloud storage replication
Double the redundancy, double the billsAmazon Web Services (AWS) has done something rather useful to its simple storage service (S3), namely making it possible to replicate data across regions.
Affirmative wrist action: Pebble Time raises 20 MEELLION BUCKS on Kickstarter
78k backers chuck tons of cash at colour-screen smartwatchStartup Pebble Time - which, we're told, plans to start shipping its wrist-puter in May - raised more than $20m during a month-long Kickstarter campaign.
Frayed British Airways plays down mega hack attack on frequent flyer accounts
In-a-pickle firm insists personal info is safe after breachWrongdoers have hacked into tens of thousands of British Airways' frequent flyer accounts, however the travel giant claimed on Sunday that no personal information had been swiped.
April is the coolest month
What are we looking forward to in April? Well, for starters, less snow than March. And, of course, our taxes. Oh no wait. Strike that bit.
Geek Toys : Supernatural Vinyl Pop Figures
"Good times. " Super-cute Funko pop versions of Sam, Dean, and Crowley from Supernatural. $9.99
Geek Toys : Batman Arkham Knight Statue
Your alternative to firearms. Based off the designs for Batman: Arkham Knight from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Rocksteady Studios, this Batman statue features our hero with his weight on his back foot, about to hurl a batarang at some unsuspecting evildoer. $124.99
Tools : Star Wars Empire Strikes Back Sunshade
Echo Three to Echo Seven.... This sunshade recreates the Battle of Hoth, which is great motivation during the winter months. $19.99
Geek Toys : DC Bombshells Statues
DC Comics Heroines in the style of 1940s pinup/nose art. Many characters, limited editions, and super awesome designs! DC Comics Heroines in the style of 1940s pinup/nose art. Many characters, limited editions, and super awesome designs! $124.95
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