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 184.108.40.206 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.
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.
RISC OS London Show 2014 [Updated]
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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.
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
Sharper Tools for Crafting Code
RISC OS Open are pleased to announce the immediate availability of release 25 if the Desktop Development Environment (DDE25). The DDE is the definitive set of tools you need to author applications for RISC OS, and indeed to build the operating system itself.A considerable effort has been made to bring the DDE, C/C++, and Toolbox manuals back up to date. The Toolbox manual was last edited in 1994, so has some 20 years of catch up!The examples provided are now clearer, and make extensive use of the shared makefile scheme, which drastically simplifies building the most common of application and module arrangements.The tools themselves come with comprehensive change logs with fine level detail of bug fixes, but some of the highlights include:CC – the code generator can now optimise specifically for the ARM11 core, as featured on the Raspberry Pi platform, and accepts the #warning preprocessor directive to emit a throwback messageObjAsm – support for optional ARMv7 extensions and ARMv8 opcodes, plus stricter checking and more accurate warning reportingLinker – can now produce ‘Utility’ binaries directly from C object filesDDT – the debugger now works reliably on Cortex-A platforms such as the BeagleBoardMany of the new features and bug fixes are in direct response to
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.
And maybe of interest....
Australia's media regulator to oversee new data retention regime
Bill pitched as essential anti-terror and crime measureAustralia's government has tabled its data retention Bill and outlined a willingness to assist carriers and internet service providers (ISPs) pay for their retention rigs.
The NO-NAME vuln: wget mess patched without a fancy brand
Directory overwrite bug threatens all *nix boxenSysadmins: another venerable and nearly-ubiquitous *nix tool, wget, needs patching because of a bug first reported by HD Moore.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up
New rules apply equally to both sexes, as they shouldTwitch, the streaming site where users show off their gaming prowess to the public, has altered its terms and conditions to ban users from being cheeky by playing in the buff.
Hate the BlackBerry Z10 and Passport? How about this dusty old flashback instead?
BlackBerry Classic aims to rekindle the flamesThe barren husk of BlackBerry is looking to recapture a stake in the smartphone market by going back to its roots as a maker of business communication devices.
Turnbull: Coding skills 'will be almost as important as literacy and numeracy'
Comms Minister thinks digital technologies is baked into maths curriculumAustralia's Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has come out in favour of teaching kids of all ages to code.
Geek Toys : Shark Ornament
Dreaming of a (great) white Christmas. Sharknado ornament turns your holiday into Shark Week. $5.99
Home & Office : Vader's Little Princess 2015 Wall Calendar
Keep track of all your dates with this calendar. Perfect people battling young ones with the Force. Keep track of all your dates with this calendar. Perfect people battling young ones with the Force. $13.99
Home & Office : Batman Death of the Family Book and Mask Set
Batman Volume 3: Death of the Family has been praised all over. And now, you can get a copy... with the Joker's face, thrown in. Batman Volume 3: Death of the Family has been praised all over. And now, you can get a copy... with the Joker's face, thrown in. $39.99
Electronics & Gadgets : PowerCube
Power All The Things! Free up your power possibilities with these clever socket providers: PowerCubes. $12.99 - $24.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Star Trek Men's Wallet
They're still using money. We need to get some. Carry around your cards ST:TOS-style with this bifold wallet. $24.99
Stuff.tv Latest Gadgets
Sharp preparing 4K smartphone LCD screens for 2016
Word out of Japan this week is that Sharp isn’t content to let 2K smartphone screens rule the market for long - the company reportedly plans to launch 4K mobile LCD displays in little more than a year.The report from Feng.com (via GSM Arena) claims that demands from Chinese manufacturers for even larger and more pixel-dense panels are pushing Sharp to bring much sharper screens to mobile before long.Just got a 2K display? Cutting edge won't stay cutting edge for long, as always
HP Sprout is a PC with a 3D scanner and huge tactile touchpad
HP has just announced an oddity of a PC, and it’s actually rather exciting.Dubbed the Sprout (no, we’re not quite sure why either), this machine initially looks like a pretty ordinary all-in-one desktop. But peer closer and you’ll see it’s far from that.So that's what HP's bean (sorry) up to over the past few monthshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBnf_lHxPdE
Ultimate setup: Samsung Galaxy Note 4
So you've just wrapped your hands around your new Samsung Galaxy Note 4.Aren't you proud of your new Samsung Galaxy Note 4? Supercharge it with these aftermarket accessories
Google Project Ara
So you might have heard of this little tech startup called Google. Well, it's got a new idea for a phone. But not just any kind of phone.You see Google's looked around at the last six years of smartphone design progress, from practical but dull multi-ported devices to hermetically sealed handsets of pure beauty, and decided to throw it all away.Instead, it wants your future smartphone to be modular.UPDATE 29/10/14: Project Ara could go on sale under "Ara" name, as Google applies for trademark
Promoted: 9 tips for better smartphone photography
You've got a cameraphone, your chums have cameraphones, your mum's got a cameraphone. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a cracking camera but that 16-megapixel wonder can't do everything on its own. Follow our top tricks to snap-happy perfection.
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