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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
And maybe of interest....
Applied Micro: Get lost, PowerPC! We're flinging 64-bit ARM HeliX cores at robots next year
HP's Moonshot buddy is getting boisterousARM TechCon Applied Micro revealed today that it will ship 64-bit ARM-compatible embedded processors dubbed HeliX sometime next year - leaving behind its legacy PowerPC range of chips.
NBN Co to launch commercial FTTN in Q3 2015
The slow crawl to a faster rolloutThe Federal Government's favoured "multi-technology model", under which fibre-to-the-node would become the default build for NBN Co where the fibre build hasn't commenced, has finally got a landing date: 2015.
Coming to a theater near you: the TETRIS MOVIE
What, did Stan Lee finally run out of characters?A US film studio has confirmed it is planning to make a movie based on the video game Tetris.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Facebook apologizes for binning accounts of drag queens
Promises to take another look at 'real names' policyFacebook has backed down and apologized to a section of the social networking community for shutting down their accounts on the grounds that they weren't using their proper names.
New EU data chief won't scrap Safe Harbor with US sans Plan B
MEPs worried that too many cooks will spoil the data protection brothThe EU's "Safe Harbor" data privacy agreement with the US might not really be safe, but Europe's new Justice Commissioner-designate said on Wednesday that she won't ditch the rule without an alternative.
T-Shirts & Apparel : Inspired by Downton Abbey Ruby Oval Drop Earrings and Necklace
Jewelry inspired by those pieces worn by Lady Grantham and her daughters. And her mother-in-law. Jewelry inspired by those pieces worn by Lady Grantham and her daughters. And her mother-in-law. Can't forget Maggie Smith! $24.99 - $54.99
Home & Office : Laser Collar Pet Toy
Pew pew PEW! This Laser Collar Toy is a sophisticated piece of laser technology that your cat or dog will love. It dances a laser beam dot around the floor for your pet to chase but never catch, because it's emanating from your pet's collar! $9.99
Electronics & Gadgets : Solid Walnut Earbuds
Best buds forever. Now you can listen to your favorite music, video games, or movies in the privacy of your own mind, without giving up that bass shaking feeling that you love by harnessing the natural acoustic qualities of wood. $99.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Medieval Knight Hoodie
Hood-zah! Check out this cool Medieval Knight Hoodie. With the convenience of a full-zip hoodie, it makes its wearer look like he or she is decked out in plate armor. The spaulders and visor are removable with snaps. The "plates" are reinforced with interfacing. $89.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Exclusive Dark Side of the Matrix
The Autobots are in the hall. The Knights of Unicron hit the tour scene this summer, at SDCC, and rocked the universe with their awesomeness. Optimus Prime, Megatron, Smooth Jazz, Soundwave, Laserbreak, and Ratbat are ready to rock out! $19.99
Stuff.tv Latest Gadgets
Windows 10 Technical Preview now available to download
Yesterday, Microsoft surprised the world by announcing that the next version of its iconic operating system would be called Windows 10. And now you can try it yourself - if you’re pretty tech-inclined.Attention advanced users: Microsoft wants your input on its next PC operating system
November issue out now!
Sometimes it’s easy to forget there are people behind all this tech that we worship. Behind every robot, smartwatch and hoverbike there’s a person with a bright idea – and that’s what Stuff’s Innovators 2014 is all about. The new issue of Stuff is out now, with a heroic dose of tech including electric cars, mean mowers and the reveal of our Stuff Innovators 2014
So long iBeacons: why Philips' genius lights could win the indoor GPS war
iBeacons might be dead before they've even got going. The Bluetooth Low Energy emitters are designed to pinpoint the location of shoppers, museum goers and exhibition visitors by making iPhones location aware indoors as well as out. But here comes Philips. Its connected, energy efficient lights act as proximity sensors to track shoppers directly below them so there's no need for any additional hardware. The Visible Light Communication system is more accurate than iBeacons,...Philips' new Visible Light Communications system can track people to within one metre - it's iBeacons without the beacons
HTC One (M8) Max phablet to feature a 2K screen?
We’ve previously heard that HTC is working on a larger, more powerful edition of the One (M8) called either the One (M8) Prime or One (M8) Max, and now we may have some specs to go with our speculation.Leaked specifications suggest the larger M8 variant will be powerful enough to rival the Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Apple Watch hands on
The Apple Watch - as it's officially known - has been unveiled.After months of hints and mystery, Apple has finally taken the plunge and joined the battle for your wrist with its own smartwatch. As you’d expect with a brand spanking new bit of Apple tech, the Apple Watch has polarised opinion. Some have hailed it as the new Best Thing Ever, some have decried it as Just Another Smartwatch.Update 01/10/14: You could be wearing an Apple Watch next Valentine's Dayhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmtXRpAitrM
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