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 184.108.40.206 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
Welcome to the New Year - here's £2015
In order to welcome in 2015, RISC OS Open would like to launch another initiative to help spur on development. For the whole of January 2015, we will match any donation* into the RISC OS Open Bounty Scheme. Simply find a bounty (or bounties) that looks worthy and we will also donate the same amount to it.At the moment, we have:Compiler improvements to help developers to get the most out of new hardwareFile system improvements to support big files, big hard drives and partitionsImprovements to the built-in !Paint applicationUpdates to our USB support to bring it more up-to-dateThere is also a “RISC OS General” bounty for general donations to RISC OS Open, but we will not be matching donations into this. If any new bounties are added this month, they will also qualify for this offer.We wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year and we look forward to all the great new developments we will be seeing in the RISC OS community!
Happy Christmas to You All
We wish you all a very merry Christmas from everyone at RISC OS Open. Keep your eyes open for our next news item to bring in the New Year…
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.
And maybe of interest....
STUDENT RACK WARS: Science and HPC - all the kids are doing it these days
New Orleans students grapple brain-crunching appsHPC blog It's well past the time to discuss and analyse what happened at the exciting seventh annual Student Cluster Competition, which took place at SC14 in New Orleans late last year.
Earth's soil to be observed by DIRTY-MINDED satellite
NASA launches bird INTO SPAAACENASA has successfully launched a satellite that will collect global observations of Earth's soil moisture.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Snapchat jihadist-fearing peers return with LAST GASP Snoopers' Charter demand
Counter-Terror and Security Bill hits report stage on MondayAs expected, peers are once again trying to sneak in amendments to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill to swiftly pass a law in the UK that would gift spooks and police with sweeping powers to snoop on Brits' internet activity.
Grav wave tsunami NOT caused by Big Bang - astro boffins
Milky Way's interstellar dust blurs origin of signalClaims that a gravitational wave tsunami swept the universe from the Big Bang have turned to dust.
Cuddly robots, whipsmart laughs and plenty of heart in Big Hero 6
Disney's cartoon superhero franchise landsFilm review Disney still has that cartoon magic. Just look at the awesome phenomena that is Frozen, or the understated, but magnificent, Up - a kid's movie about a pensioner. The latest from the Mouse House is Big Hero 6, the studio's first cartoon collaboration with Marvel. Rather than go for a showy, already-famous tale, Disney has plumbed the depths of the Marvel collection for a little-known comic, featuring 14-year-old robot-building genius Hiro and his cuddly, loveable robot sidekick Baymax.
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Stuff.tv Latest Gadgets
Google's 3D world-mapping Project Tango tablets leave experimental stage, continue ahead
Just recently, Google revealed that its Glass wearable had exhausted its experimental status and was becoming a full-fledged company focus. Now another device is making a similar move, but this one still feels strongly experimental.One of Google's more curious creations (that we know about) gets a proper homehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44vppay5UDc
LG 55EC930V OLED TV
It’s a period of uncertainty in TV land. Plasma screens have taken a bow and LCDs are all the rage, but more than one emerging technology is lining up to be the next big thing.Pixel -packed 4K has been around, in the upper end of the price spectrum, for a while. But while there are some great 4K TVs (The awesome Samsung UE55HU7500, for example), they’re still waiting for people to start making anything to watch in 4K.Forget the 4K future - this is the ultimate TV for right now
Google Now finally allows third-party apps to send you cards
If you’ve come to rely on Google Now’s helpful, context-sensitive alerts to get you through your day, you might’ve wondered why the function was limited to Google’s own services. No more!Opening up the ecosystem, Google lets other apps ping you helpful alerts
5 of the Best: Raspberry Pi Projects
The Raspberry Pi is a single-board computer developed to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools (according to Wikipedia).Someone didn't tell the world's gadget wizards though. They have been hard at work, finding increasingly clever uses for the credit card-sized computing marvel, turning it into all sorts since its launch. It now feels like the time is right to show you how to do some magical things with your own Raspberry Pi (for all those partial to a bit...You can do all sorts of stuff these days, especially with this piece of mini-tech
5 of the Best: Imagination Technologies Creator CI20 Projects
For those that love their computers small and portable the Imagination Technologies Creator CI20 offers some proper competition to the Raspberry Pi's crown.It's faster, more powerful and includes built in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and an infra-red blaster. There's even an extra ARM core in the CPU, some storage capacity and a pre-installed operating system (all thrown in for good measure).A higher spec mini-computer that offers more potential for do-it-yourself gadgeteers
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