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 22.214.171.124 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.
Aemulor/Spellings.net account details posted online
According to an email sent out by Neil Spellings this evening, the usernames and hashed passwords of all registered users on the old aemulor.com and newer buyit.Spellings.net websites have been posted online.
Wakefield Acorn & RISC OS Show, 25th April 2015
This year's Wakefield show is due to take place on Saturday the 25th of April, at the usual location of the Cedar Court Hotel near Wakefield. With the doors open from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, this will be the show's 20th anniversary, a major achievement for the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club who are responsible for organising the event.
First impressions of the new RaspberryPi
A few weeks ago, the RaspberryPi foundation surprised most of us with a new version of the RaspberryPi (creatively named the RaspberryPi 2). So I ordered one from Cjemicros (they have them in stock!) and here are some observations for you on the new device...
RISC OS SouthWest Show 2015
Saturday the 21st of February, a little under 10 days from now, is the date of this year's SouthWest show, to be held at its usual location of the Webbington Hotel near Weston- super-Mare.
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.
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
A nuttier pie
At the start of May, we updated the contents of our Nut Pi SD card to include newer versions of a range of components.The Nut Pi is a great collection of some of the best commercial RISC OS software available – including the ROOL Desktop Development Environment (DDE). It represents a fantastic deal; the total retail value of the bundled software is around £600 but the Nut Pi is available for just £35 plus VAT, P&P – that’s cheaper than the DDE on its own!One of the key changes in this update was to ensure that everything functions correctly on the Raspberry Pi 2 but we also took the opportunity to refresh many of the titles with newer versions. One significant update is the bundled DDE has been updated to the very latest release version.Most of the included applications are built specifically to run only on the Raspberry Pi range of computers. The Nut Pi is available in micro-SD and full-size SD form factors.Please note: there is no discounted price available to existing Nut Pi owners, due to the already heavily discounted price.
RISC OS 5.22 stable is now available
RISC OS Open Limited (ROOL) are pleased to announce the much anticipated latest stable RISC OS release, it incorporates a massive 454 changes for the Tungsten platform (used in the IYONIX pc from Castle Technology), 484 changes for the OMAP3 platform (used in the ARMini from RComp), and 423 changes for the IOMD platform used in the Acorn Risc PC/A7000/A7000+.For the first time the stable release includes the OMAP4 port, a Cortex-A9 processor used in the PandaRO from CJE Micros and ARMiniX from RComp.This software is subject to continual improvement and work has already commenced on RISC OS 5.23! 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.Show your supportPutting together this latest release takes considerable time and effort, not just on the coding, but the testing, co-ordination, documentation and other administration that nobody ever sees. Downloads also use the bandwidth allocation for the server that this website runs on.Please consider making a small donation to show your appreciation:
RISC OS Open at Wakefield 2015
RISC OS Open look forward to seeing you at the 20th Wakefield show, this Saturday 25th April 2015.
Pico now even smaller
First introduced to celebrate 50 years of BASIC last May, Pico is a tiny cut down version of RISC OS which runs on the Raspberry Pi which boots straight to the interpreter prompt and can be used on ordinary FAT format media.As it predated the model B+ and mark 2 hardware it has previously only been available in large SD card format for the original model B.Now, all that instant boot-into-BASIC goodness has been shrunk down to micro SD card size and enhanced to work on the more recent versions of the Pi. You can order a copy through the store or bag a 10% discount when ordering a class pack for groups of 10 or more.Users have been finding all kinds of ways to make use of this non desktop version for embedded control of anything from a robot
Raspberry Pi release RC14
Last weekend, we released RC14 of RISC OS for the Raspberry Pi, RISC OS Pi. This will run on all models of the Raspberry Pi, including model A, A+, B, B+ and brand new model 2.You can buy RISC OS Pi R14 from our store or you can download the image to burn onto an SD card here.
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Azure's already a AU$50 million business in Australia
Redmondian outpost feels it's catching AWS, fastAustralia's financial year ended on Tuesday, and Vulture South understands that when the F9 key was pressed to do all the sums, the number in the cell marked "Azure revenue" came in at about AU$50m, plus or minus $5m.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Samsung ousts Apple as top US smartmobe biz
Two phone makers carve up the marketIn figures for the three months to the end of May, Kantar Worldpanel says that Samsung took a bite out of Apple's US market share to overtake the fruity firm. This is as much down to continued strong sales of the Galaxy S5 as to the introduction of the Galaxy S6.
New nbnTM roadmap reveals HFC tests to start in Q4
100Mbps service and rapid repair turnaround promisednbnTM, the entity charged with building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN) has released a new product roadmap.
Rosetta spots potholes IN SPAAACE: Someone call the galactic council
Comet 67P is collapsing from withinThe Rosetta probe, currently in orbit around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, has spotted what appear to be massive sinkholes on the comet's surface that are thought to be caused by the cosmic snowball melting in the Sun's rays.
Amazon wrote a new TLS crypto library in just 6,000 lines of code
At 1/10 the size of OpenSSL, it should be easier to spot bugsAmazon Web Services has released a new, open source library that implements TLS encryption - the standard behind the secure HTTPS web protocol - using far less code than the prevailing OpenSSL library.
Electronics & Gadgets : La Sardina Camera and Flash Belle Starr
Watch the mechanical birdie. The La Sardina Belle Starr is a 35mm camera whose exterior is made from oxidized brass and finished with intricate etchings and engravings. $199.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Game of Thrones Map Print Ladies' Tank Top
Shoulda taken that left turn at The Eyrie.... A map from HBO's Game of Thrones is printed all over this ladies' tank top. $24.99
Electronics & Gadgets : Lomo'Instant Sanremo Camera
Capture photos not pixels. The Lomo'Instant Sanremo gives you the satisfaction of shooting and then holding a developed photograph in minutes. $169.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Harry Potter Potion Cauldron Charm Bead
Not self-stirring. Silver-tone Harry Potter Potion Cauldron charm bead. $14.99
Electronics & Gadgets : Lomo Konstruktor-F Camera
A successful shoot starts from within. Now you can build your own analog camera with a top-down viewfinder and literally understand your photography from the inside out. $39.99
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