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 188.8.131.52 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 London Show, Saturday 26th October 2013
This year’s RISC OS London Show is on Saturday 26th October, open 11am-5pm, at its usual venue of the St Giles Hotel in Feltham.
Software preservation project bearing fruit
The preservation project for Acorn software, JASPP, has so far been focused on preserving old games. Many of the titles concerned required 20 year old hardware and obsolete versions of RISC OS to run. Over the last year or so, the project has obtained disc images and box/manual scans for well over 100 of the games released for the Acorn platform. Most of these have been contributed by users.
Portsmouth show reminder
This is a quick reminder to say that RISC OS Open's free Portsmouth show is next Saturday, the 28th of September. The show takes place at Innovation Warehouse Portsmouth, between 11am and 5pm.
RISC OS 5.20 released, free Portsmouth show in planning
RISC OS 5.20 released
Old games on new screens
Steve Harrison, the original developer of the tracker player Q The Music, has produced a new RISC OS module which allows games to be played on old Archimedes systems hooked up to modern monitors or televisions. LCDGameModes patches the screen modes that games use on the fly, such that they work correctly with a VGA or SVGA compatible screen. The effect of this is to prevent scrambled displays and fix the aspect ratio of "letter-boxed" games.
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
More expansion cards join RISC OS 5
BackgroundSince the first fully 32 bit RISC OS appeared over a decade ago a relatively small proportion of expansion cards have been updated compared with the number of general purpose applications that have been.This need not be the case – the platforms running RISC OS 5 which have an expansion bus inside (Iyonix PC; Risc PC; A7000; and A7000+) are all electrically unchanged when the processor talking to them is in 32 bit mode, so a podule which works on the Iyonix PC can just as easily plug into an A7000.It’s just the software that needs attention.The process of updating an expansion card driver is fairly formulaic, and by using official operating system calls the result is still backwards compatible with earlier versions of RISC OS. This makes maintaining the driver a lot easier as there’s only one version to keep track of!
Portsmouth Show Update
Don’t forget – next Saturday, 28th September, will be the RISC OS Portsmouth Show at Innovation Warehouse Portsmouth. Doors open to the public at 11am and the show runs until 5pm. Admission is free.2nd Floor, Innovation Space building
Portsmouth Show confirmed for Saturday 28th September
RISC OS Open is very pleased to announce in conjunction with Innovation Warehouse Portsmouth that we will be hosting a RISC OS Show on Saturday 28th September 2013.Doors will open to the public at 11am and the show will run until 5pm. Entry will be free of charge to both exhibitors and visitors. If you are interested in exhibiting at the show, even as a one man band, please get in touch here.The location of the show will be 2nd Floor, Innovation Space Building, 1 Hampshire Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 2QF which is in a great central location in Portsmouth, with good transport links and parking in several nearby locations.Full show details (including transport, parking, exhibitor information and so on) will follow in the next week. Please keep an eye on the RISC OS Open news pages for more updatesWe look forward to seeing you all there!
RISC OS 5.20 (stable) is now available
RISC OS Open Limited (ROOL) are pleased to announce the immediate release of the latest stable RISC OS ROM release, it incorporates a massive 625 changes for the Tungsten platform (used in the IYONIX pc from Castle Technology) and 654 changes for the OMAP3 platform (used in the ARMini from RComp).For the first time the stable release includes the IOMD platform (used in Acorn’s Risc PC, A7000, and A7000+), and users can purchase this on physical ROMs for their computer too.You can download RISC OS 5.20 free of charge from the ROOL downloads page and there are some brief upgrade instructions on this wiki pageThis software is subject to continual improvement and work has already commenced on RISC OS 5.21! Using the convention of even numbers for stable editions and odd numbers for development editions, users can feedback any issues seen to make it into the next version.
RISC OS 5.20 at the Midlands Show
RISC OS Open are very pleased to announce that we will be attending the Midlands RISC OS Show this Saturday, 13th July.At the show this year we will unveil the latest stable release of RISC OS, version 5.20, which has well over 600 changes, improvements and bug fixes since the previous stable release.RISC OS 5.20 is an even-numbered release so it has been verified as stable for the Castle Iyonix PC, the RComp ARMini and – for the first time ever with RISC OS 5, on Acorn-branded hardware such as the RiscPC and A7000.There will be a lot of show exclusives so come along and take a look! If you want to buy any of these items online, more information will be following on the ROOL site next week.
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'Climate change is like Y2k!' - Oz senator
Yes, but not the way you thinkThe Australian government's debate about climate change and carbon pricing has taken a turn for the silly.
US cops blew more than $26m buying cell phone records from telcos
And you thought your data plan was pricyAn investigation by Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) into the monitoring of cellphones has found that US police paid telecommunications companies more than $26m to hand over location information, metadata, and sometimes the content of their customers' messages to cops in the US last year.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Samsung uncloaks 'industry's first' one-terabyte mSATA SSD
Little guy aimed at Ultrabook, ultrathin, 2-in-one, or other mobile mega-money machineSamsung has revealed what it dubs the "industry's first" one-terabyte solid-state drive in the compact mSATA form factor. From what we know of the SSD landscape, their claim is an honest one - by over a factor of two, seeing as how 480GB mSATA SSDs from Crucial and a few others are the most capacious such drives available in the non-OEM market of which we're aware.
TPP leak: US babies following bathwater down the drain
America has overplayed its handAmerica is pushing too hard on too many fronts in the Trans Pacific Partnership treaty negotiations, making it unlikely the treaty will be finalised this year, according to a new round of leaked documents from the recent Salt Lake City meetings.
It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources
'Threshold' updates to restore beloved UI in 2015Microsoft's forthcoming wave of Windows updates will streamline the OS and will even see the return of the much-missed Start menu, according to new reports.
T-Shirts & Apparel : Doctor Who TARDIS 18" Necklace
One neck TARDIS, coming right up. This pendant may be small for a TARDIS, but a decent size as a necklace. It's not the sort of thing folks will have to lean in to your chest to check out, because we know that's annoying. $14.99
Geek Toys : DIY Nixie Tube Chess Set
32 Nixie tubes await your DIY-ness to turn them into chess pieces- chess pieces that light up via induction. Nixie tubes are awesome - if you can find them. Well, not only does this kit contain 32 tubes, it also lets you DIY them into a wicked chess set - one that lights up via induction. $399.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Union Jack TARDIS Cardigan
The sweaters have the Police Box! TARDIS + cardigan = TARDIgan. Those two words are a match made in Gallifrey. And they come together to make this delightfully stylish sweater, perfect for the fan who wants more fashion choices than just t-shirts to display her allegiances. $44.99
Geek Toys : Game of Thrones Dragon Egg Plush
Fire, blood, and a little bit of eggshell. Makes an excellent wedding gift. $14.99 - $39.99
Home & Office : 2014 Worldbuilders Fantasy Calendar
The Worldbuilders Fantasy Calendar features some of your favorite fantasy authors placed into fantasy costumes and settings. All in the name of charity.. and awesomeness! What happens when you take some of the world's best fantasy authors and put them into fantastic costumes in amazing settings? You get the WorldBuilders Fantasy Calendar. Photographer Lauren Zurchin has created something amazing. $19.99
Stuff.tv Latest Gadgets
Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: The Sony KDL-55X9005A is our TV of the Year
"Innovate or die" is the TV manufacturers' mantra, and they clearly don't like the sound of the second option. 2013 has blasted tellys off into a realm of futistic fantasy and seen them return to the present day with a stack of new tricks – but the 4K Sony KDL-55X9005A walks tall as the standout gogglebox of the year.Sony's hulking 4K monster is the most mind-blowing gogglebox of the past 12 months
Fully Charged: The flashy iPhone case, Google goes Medieval, and introducing the tongue-mouse and the buttpad
Feeling out of touch? No problem - fully charged is here bring you up to date with all the latest tech happenings with the perfect companion to your croissant and coffee http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyaiszgzIzo
Christmas Gift Guide 2013: Best TV and Film Blu-ray box sets
As the season of Yule hoves into view, Hollywood gathers up its cinematic output and stuffs it into bulging Blu-ray box sets, to be wrapped up and crammed beneath your Christmas tree.Whether you're looking for restored classics, bang-up-to-date new releases or special editions crammed with extras, we've got you covered.Whether you're looking for a present, or just something to play on the snazzy Blu-ray player that's wrapped up under the tree, we've got you covered
Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: The Pebble Smartwatch is our Tech Accessory of the Year
Behind (or in front of, or around) every great smartphone and tablet is a techcessory that adds a little extra something. A new skill, a new method of control, a way to stop your clumsy mitts from breaking it, or even something that changes how it works completely.2013 was the year that wearable tech came into its own, and none more so than the Pebble smartwatch. Read on to find out why it's grabbed a gadget gong for Tech Accessory of the Year.The mighty Kickstarter hit scoops a Gadget Award gong with its killer features list and battery life that makes it a realistic proposition for everyday use
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 vs Google Nexus 7 (2013) vs Tesco Hudl vs Apple iPad Mini 2: in depth
The 7-8in tablet bracket has become one of the most hard-fought markets in tech, with everyone and his uncle releasing a 'small' tablet.With the Kindle Fire HDX 7, Amazon is the latest company to release a model this year – so how does it match up to its main rivals? We pit it, spec-for-spec, against the cheap and cheerful Tesco Hudl, current Android pick-of-the-bunch the Google Nexus 7, and the so-premium-it-hurts, Retina display-equipped Apple iPad Mini 2. It's a slate...It's a right old tablet tear-up! Here's how the heavyweight 7-inchers measure up against each other
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