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.
Mysterious new product to be announced at London Show the day before London show
In a surprise announcement, ROOL have revealed the existence of "Titanium", a new RISC OS machine based around a dual-core Cortex-A15 SoC. No - it's not CJE's dual-core Cortex A15 IGEPv5 machine - it's an entirely new board design produced by Elesar Limited, and utilising TI's 1.5GHz AM5728 (a cousin of the also-1.5GHz TI OMAP5 used in the IGEPv5). And unlike the IGEPv5 or the Wandboard (as used in R-Comp's ARMX6), which are technically meant to be for embedded or developer/prototyping markets, the Titanium board seems to be aimed squarely at the desktop PC and server markets - it utilises the standard ATX form factor and power connector, has dual DVI video output, dual gigabit Ethernet, four SATA ports, eight USB 2 ports, and even two PCI-E slots.
ROUGOL & London Show news
Bryan Hogan of ROUGOL has got in touch to let us know the details of some upcoming events.
Time for a round-up of recent games news.JASPP to release more classics
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.
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
Preview of a whole new RISC OS platform
Visitors to the London show this weekend may wish to drop by the ROOL stand to take a sneak peek at a brand new Cortex-A15 motherboard designed with RISC OS in mind, which has kindly been loaned to ROOL for the duration of the show.
Official DDE gets autumn makeover
Hot on the heels of the recent launch of the three box set of books describing every aspect of the Desktop Development Tools, ROOL have put together an update of the tools themselves.
London show news
We’re packing our kit ready for the London show, which starts at 11am on Saturday 24th October 2015 and look forward to seeing you there.
A trilogy worth of reading matter
First previewed in the theatre presentation at the Wakefield 2015 show in April, ROOL are now shipping from stock three more books for developers, along with another print run of the Style Guide which sold out recently.
Dip your hand into our bonus bin
Frequent visitors of the popular Miscellaneous downloads might have spotted the recent introduction of a bonus binaries archive.If you’re not a developer, it’s probably safe to stop reading now – the HardDisc4 archive contains everything that end users could ever want. Those more adventurous or technically inclined can read on…CC-BY Chris Parfitt
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Hyper-V sets VM created date to 1601, in the reign of Good Queen Bess
Meanwhile, Hyper-V 2016 adds feature VMware's had, and Microsoft's hidden, since 2010Virtualisation mavens have been reminded that Microsoft's Hyper-V has a bug that occasionally resets the "created" date of virtual machines to the year 1601.
Hello Barbie controversy re-ignited with insecurity claims
Doll leaks data, even before the tear-downs are finishedBack in February, The Register queried the security and privacy implications of Mattel's "Hello Barbie", and now the doll has hit the shelves, a prominent security researcher has turned up the first security problems with the toy.
Telegram Messenger delivers candygrams to stalkers
Too easy to work out who's talking to whom, says researcherMere days after opsec expert The Grugq warned that popular messaging app Telegram Messenger couldn't be regarded as secure, another researcher has demonstrated how its metadata leaks expose users to stalking.
Doctor Who: The Hybrid finally reveals itself in the epic Heaven Sent
'Come on. Chop, chop. The Doctor will see you now'TV Review Readers please note: THIS IS A POST-UK BROADCAST REVIEW - THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!
Meet ARM1, grandfather of today's mobe, tablet CPUs - watch it crunch code live in a browser
Gate-level blueprints restored for anniversaryPics Chip geeks have produced an interactive blueprint of the ARM1 - the granddaddy of the processor cores powering billions of gadgets today, from Apple iPhones to Raspberry Pis, cameras, routers and Android tablets.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Home & Office : Build On Brick Mug - Metallic
Build up your coffee! Morning meetings suck. Make yours more exciting with the Build-On Brick Mug. It's a coffee mug that is compatible with LEGO®, PixelBlocks, Mega Bloks, KRE-O, or K'NEX Bricks™ and it's guaranteed to making your meeting 1137% better. $24.99
Home & Office : Han Solo in Carbonite 3D wall sculpture
We like Captain Solo where he is - in your home. This Han Solo in Carbonite Novelty Desk Light has a stand so it can hang out on your desk but the stand is also removable so that you can hang it flush against a wall if you'd prefer. It has red LED lights on the front. $49.99
Geek Toys : Star Wars Force FX Lightsabers
A more civilized weapon. Everybody needs a lightsaber. Everybody. All of life's problems can be solved (or prevented) with a lightsaber. And these Force FX Lightsabers are as close to the real deal as they come - featuring movie accurate lights and sounds. $169.99 - $229.99
Geek Toys : Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Devastator Set
Constructicons, merge for the kill With this Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Devastator Set you get the entire original combiner team. Each of them transforms into their construction mode and back. And then they also combine together to form a massive 18" tall Devastator gestalt. $169.99
Geek Toys : Legends of Zelda Skyward Sword: Link on Loftwing Statue
But not a save/warp point statue. Sorry Incredibly detailed statue of Link riding his Crimson Loftwing depicts exactly that close relationship the two have formed in Skyward Sword. Hand-painted polystone resin statue with a hand-numbered base and authenticity card. Limited run of 2500! $499.99
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