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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2×Pi×r ... Pi 2 Release Available Now
Today marks the availability of the very latest beta release candidate for the popular Raspberry Pi educational platform. This ROM now includes support for the Mark 2 Model B Raspberry Pi hardware, using the newer BCM2836 system on chip and a total of 1GB of RAM. The model A, B, and B+ are still supported too.Visitors to the South west show on Saturday 21st February 2015 can pick up a copy on either SD card or micro SD card.If you can’t make the show, it can also be ordered online for the same low price as earlier releases. We’ll be making it available as a download in the next few days for users who are confident burning the image onto their existing cards.With a lucky rabbit’s foot in our side pocket, this follow up to the earlier RC12 is in fact RC14 and includes the following headline changes in addition to the Mark 2 Model B support:The kernel now understands and can render sprites with alpha levels of transparency, and hence the desktop can use these facilities too.The kernel now supports a much wider array of pixel buffer formats for the screen including 4k and 64k.The USB driver, DWCDriver, now uses fast interrupts to handle some of the load from the USB peripheral. Previously normal interrupts might miss
Essential guide to stylish development
Last published in July 1993, today RISC OS Open Limited are pleased to announce the immediate availability of a fully revised and updated Style Guide for RISC OS. This Guide is an essential part of the RISC OS developer’s collection. It describes the standards of ‘look and feel’ to which you should write a RISC OS application. The main aim of the Guide is to help all developers to give their applications a common and consistent look and feel so that users will be able to find their way around new programs easily and will be able to use applications together when appropriate. There is advice on how to implement this, and detailed descriptions of how to produce the icons you will need to use in your dialogue boxes and windows.Extending to some 152 pages the guide includes the following major changes:Lifting of dated restrictions to applications such as memory, colours, and screen resolutionsRequirement to use standard cut-and-paste, and preferably the drag-and-drop models for selectionFull details of the facilities afforded by the Choices directory inside the Universal Boot sequenceGuidance on how to handle Unicode, desktop themes, and alpha transparencyIntegration of the help and keyboard improvements introduced with the IyonixPromotion of the Toolbox to effortlessly create Style Guide compliant applicationsRicher dialogue layouts through use of the Nested Window Manageras well as numerous corrections, revised or improved drawings and screenshots.
Cut and Paste. Cut and Paste.
CJE Micro’s / 4D has very kindly sponsored ROOL in order to help us go the final mile and finish the development work on complete global clipboard support to Edit and SrcEdit.This feature means users will finally have the full range of cut, copy, paste and delete operations to help them transfer information between Edit/SrcEdit and other applications with global clipboard support. With the aid of this generous sponsorship, we are expecting to galvanise the final development and make this feature available in the forthcoming RISC OS 5.22 release, due out in the coming months.See the work in progress at the RISC OS South West Show this weekend.
Raspberry Pi 2 at the South West Show
RISC OS Open are pleased to announce that we will be attending the RISC OS South West Show on Saturday 21st February 2015, near Bristol in the UK.
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Curiosity rover left armless by short circuit
Mars nuclear space tank parks after trouble strikes while retrieving sampleHumanity's Mars-resident nuclear-powered, laser-packing space tank Curiosity has a broken arm.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Reg exec in deluxe roo-skin pen case beernami trauma
Vulture South scrambles to source replacement marsupial pouchWe're shaken to report that El Reg big cheese Linus "Fish Fingers"* Birtles yesterday suffered a traumatic beernami which left the contents of his executive leather case "totally f@@k€d".
Ford to save you from BIKE FITNESS HORROR
No more uphill... literallyMWC 2015 Ford is looking at electric bicycles as part of an intelligent, integrated future for mobility.
Outbreak! Fake Amazon voucher offer seeds mobile malware attack
Get your Gaz-onSpoofed Amazon vouchers are being used to spearhead a campaign to contaminate Android mobiles with malware, messaging security firm AdaptiveMobile warns.
New SSL attack: Apple, Android gear FREAK out, open up to spies
OpenSSL, iOS and OS X tricked into using weak 1990s-grade encryption keysSecurity researchers are warning of a flaw in OpenSSL and Apple's SecureTransport that's a hangover from the days when the US government was twitchy and clueless about technology.
T-Shirts & Apparel : Star Wars Tie Fighter Charm Bead
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Geek Toys : Star Trek TNG Vinyl Pop Figures
Shoulda named him LoCUTEus of Borg. Funko's added Star Trek: The Next Generation to their POP! lineup of vinyl figures, which means you can hang out with a supercute, 3" tall version of ST:TNG crewmembers and enemies. $9.99
Electronics & Gadgets : Om/One Levitating Speaker
We see this speaker in your future.... Meet the Om/One, the world's first levitating Bluetooth speaker. $199.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Harley Quinn Satin Robe
Time to rev up the Harley. Maybe you'd prefer your Harley a little slinky. That's where this Harley Quinn Satin Robe comes in. This knee-length number has four diamonds on both the left and right chest and a removable black belt, ripe for all your "I have a black belt" jokes. $49.99
Geek Toys : Big Trouble in Little China Vinyl Pop
Everybody relax - Jack's here! Now Funko's added Big Trouble in Little China to their POP! lineup of vinyl figures, which means you can hang out with a supercute, 3.75" tall version of your favorite characters! $9.99
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