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 220.127.116.11 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....
Did you swipe your card through one of these UPS Store tills? You may have been pwned
As many as 100k transactions spied upon by malwareUPS has discovered an outbreak of debit and credit-card-reading malware in 51 of its branches in the US.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Oi! Rip Van Winkle: PATCH, already
Stuxnet, Sality, Gauss, Flame still infecting your unpatched boxenNearly 20 million computers remain infected with malware targeting a vulnerability first targeted four years ago by the Stuxnet worm.
Hi-ho EVO: VMware eyes TWO new hardware-flavored trademarks
'EVO' and 'EVO: RAIL' filed in early August - just in time for...VMworld 2014 VMware applied for two more hardware-related trademarks this month, it has emerged.
Need a green traffic light all the way home? Easy with insecure street signals, say researchers
No crypto, default passwords, FTP servers? It's 1998 againCriminals monkeying with traffic lights are a staple of cinema: the 1969 Italian Job and Luc Besson's Taxi are particularly fine examples. Now researchers have demonstrated that fact is much less glamorous - and simpler - than fiction.
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority accessNetflix has inked yet another peering deal with a major US telco, this time signing an interconnect agreement with Time Warner Cable.
Geek Kids : Set Jr.
One of these things is not like the others. Help kids hone skills of differentiation and categorization needed for the real world. $14.99
Geek Kids : Zombie Striker Nerf Foam Machete
Train your young zombie hunters before it's too late. Train your young zombie hunters before it's too late. Remember, if they can't defend themselves, they'll just end up as zombie snacks. $19.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Retro Video Game Collectible Enamel Pin Set Series 4
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
T-Shirts & Apparel : Exclusive Glow-in-the-dark Doctor Who You Dont Know Me
WITNESS UNPROTECTION PROGRAM In daylight, your shirt is going to confuse a lot of people who will probably think it's an ad for a local private detective or something. Some dude with the words "You don't know me." Huh. $19.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Exclusive Terminus Map
Sanctuary for all. Community for all. Those who arrive survive. If there's one thing AMC's The Walking Dead has taught us, it's that if something looks too good to be true, it is. Unless it's pudding. $19.99
Stuff.tv Latest Gadgets
The new Nook tablet is a rebranded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0
Bookseller Barnes & Noble has lost a lot of money over the past several years, so to keep the Nook brand alive, the company has decided to stop producing its own hardware. That’s where Samsung comes in.Samsung's first Nook hardware for Barnes & Noble is out today in U.S.
Win a Surface Pro 3!
The highly-anticipated Surface Pro 3 tablet is currently available for pre-order from Microsoft Store UK – ahead of its UK launch on August 28. Two lucky stuff readers could secure this brilliant tablet before its sale date.Microsoft Store is also the only place you can pre-order a Surface Pro 3 along with a Docking Station that transforms the Surface Pro 3 into a complete desktop workstation. The Red Type cover is also available to pre-order and is exclusive to Microsoft...The Surface Pro 3 is the thinnest and lightest in the acclaimed Surface family, barely tipping the scales at 798 grams - and we have two to give away!
California: No politicians or bad drivers in Google's autonomous cars
You might not have confidence in your elected representatives to steer the nation in the right direction. California doesn’t even trust them behind the wheel of a self-driving car.In documents obtained by Stuff under freedom of information legislation, Google tried (and failed) to persuade regulators in California to permit politicians and policymakers to take the driver’s seat of its robotic cars while they navigate public highways.Latest US state to welcome robotic cars insists on trained drivers behind the wheel
Noke: a padlock you open with a phone, not a key
Bluetooth and an Android or iOS app are all you need to pop open this smart lockhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-WRDLqk5uI
WWE 2K15 First Play
There’s an eternally frustrating challenge faced by every developer that dares try to make a wrestling videogame.In WWE’s choreographed reality, both combatants are working together to piece together a beautifully brutal ballet; whereas in the virtual ring, human players simply want to beat the snot out of one another. And no game in the genre since No Mercy on N64, way back in 2000, has even come close to perfecting that delicate balance. Until now.Hands-on with the brawler aiming to obliterate your wrestling game preconceptionshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ePh672BX6Y
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