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.
What is apache?
With RISC OS switching to the Apache licence, here is your brief intro to the world of Apache....
Some things we noticed this month. What did you see?
PackMan in practice, part 2
As mentioned at the end of part one, this article about creating PackMan packages is going to look at what's necessary to generate distribution index files, ROOL pointer files, and how these tasks can be automated. Towards the end I'll also be taking a look at some options for automating the uploading of the files to your website.
GPS becomes Data Logger
At the recent London Show Chris Hall was showing his new Data Logger. Here he gives some info into the new hardware
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Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ on sale now
The latest Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ has been released – and RISC OS 5.26/5.27 already support the new hardware. If you want to try RISC OS out on this, grab a copy of NOOBS Lite and select RISC OS from the installation menu.This Pi has a clock speed of 1.4GHz, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking and the improved thermal performance of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. It also has a smaller form factor and a lower price than the Pi 3 Model B+.
£5,000 of bounty matching goodness
Once more, we at ROOL are going to put our money where our website is and start matching bounty contributions from you good people. For the remainder of 2018, we will match any donations into our bounty scheme (excluding the General bounty and recurring donations) up to a total of £5,000.
RISC OS 5.26 is alive!
The Open Source RISC OS source tree is now live on our site for your delectation. There are some things you need to know…
At last! RISC OS is back on NOOBS
Great news! RISC OS is back in the list of Operating Systems supplied as a part of the Raspberry Pi NOOBS – New Out Of the Box Software. It dropped off the list a couple of years ago when our support for the Pi 3 took longer to appear than we’d hoped, but now it’s back!
RISC OS is open for business!
RISC OS Open Ltd (ROOL) are hugely proud to announce that we will be working with RISC OS Developments (ROD), following their recent acquisition of the RISC OS intellectual property through the purchase of Castle Technology Ltd (Castle), in the next phase of the mission to reinvigorate the RISC OS market.
And maybe of interest....
Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC
It's just not fair on profit-making companies otherwiseAnalysis ISPs should be paid to provide slower internet speeds to poor people.
Kubernetes caretaker auditions for Hoarders; takes in another open source project
Etcd joins growing collection of code tended by Cloud Native Computing FoundationAt the Cloud Native Computing Foundation's (CNCF) KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2018 meetup on Tuesday, the CNCF revealed it will adopt, shelter and nourish an itinerant jumble of letters known on the street as "etcd."
Equifax how-it-was-mega-hacked damning dossier lands, in all of its infuriating glory
'Entirely preventable' theft down to traffic-monitoring certificate left expired for 19 monthsA US Congressional report outlining the breakdowns that led to the 2017 theft of 148 million personal records from Equifax has revealed a stunning catalog of failure.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
25% of NHS trusts have zilch, zip, zero staff who are versed in security
Not like there's been a major incident recently to kick them into gear or anythingA quarter of NHS trusts in the UK responding to a Freedom of Information request have no staff with security qualifications, despite some employing up to 16,000 people.
Salesforce has named a chief ethics officer and yes, the job description is appropriately woolly
What's she going to do? 'Engage' with peopleMega-bucks CRM titan Salesforce has appointed a loftily titled "chief ethical and humane use officer" to counteract the problems of being a tech giant in 2019.
Home & Office : Fallout Vault-Tec Bath Mat
Makes bathtime S.P.E.C.I.A.L.. Celebrate your family's new home underground with this Fallout Vault-Tec Bath Mat. With special water reclamation functionality built in, this Vault-Tec mat is the pinnacle of technology and design! $14.99
Collectibles : Funko POP! Bendy and the Ink Machine Physical Alice Vinyl Figure - Exclusive
Anything less than perfect was left behind. Behold the cuteness that is the horror of Physical Alice from Bendy and the Ink Machine. Even with half her face melted away and with us knowing all the horrors she committed in her quest for beauty, this Funko POP! is pretty dang adorable. $9.99
Collectibles : Funko POP! My Hero Academia Deku Vinyl Figure
Plus Ultra. Celebrate Deku's humble beginnings with this Funko POP! figure that captures him in his first hero costume, the one his mom made him after seeing his notebook. Because anybody can be a hero. It just takes heart. $9.99
Home & Office : Harry Potter Flatware 5 Piece Set
Swish and lick! Dig in to your own serving of steak-and-kidney pie with this Harry Potter Flatware Set, which comes with a salad fork, a dinner fork, a knife, a dinner spoon, and a teaspoon. Each piece of cutlery has the Hogwarts Crest stamped at the base of the handle. $24.99
Home & Office : Constellation Lamp
Stars wherever you are. See, the Constellation Lamp brings constellations (and asterisms) to your desktop or your bedside table. Familiar formations glow through the perforated shade, allowing you to see the stars whenever you desire. $29.99
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