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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Packman package manager 0.7.1 beta released
Packman version 0.7.1 beta is now available.
New to this version:
- What's new filter shows all the packages that are new to you.
- Enable/Disable individual sources for a package list. If for some
reason one of your package list becomes temporarily unavailable
this allows you to easily switch them off and back on again.
Feedback wanted for a drag-and-drop install location interface for PackMan
One of the most common complaints about PackMan is that it doesn't
allow you to specify where it installs applications.
This has been alleviated a little in later versions as it lets you move
applications after they have been installed or pre-set the install
directory for groups of items.
However, the next step would be to allow you to specify where you want
R-Comp and RCI at Dutch RISC OS eXperience 2013
R-Comp and RCI are pleased to be able to attend the RISC OS eXperience
2013 event near Amsterdam, on Sat 25th May.
We'll have our range of RISC OS software, hardware, peripherals and
support packages for the whole range of modern RISC OS systems, no
matter which you're using.
Given the physical size of some items (eg. Beagleboard/Panda/Pi
!ConvText 3.10 released
It's a pleasure to be able to announce !ConvText version 3.10, which
finally supports individual script editing! Endless scrolling in your
cluttered Scriptfile is no longer needed.
Please, download !ConvText 3.10 from the following link:
RISC OS Open Ltd at London user group, Monday 20th May 2013
The next meeting of the RISC OS User Group Of London will be:
RISC OS Open Ltd
Monday 20th May 2013, 7:45pm
The Blue-Eyed Maid (upstairs in the Spice Lounge restaurant)
173 Borough High Street
Steve Revill of RISC OS Open Ltd will be updating us on a busy and
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.
Old games on new screens
Steve Harrison, the original developer of the tracker player Q The Music, has produced a new RISC OS module which allows games to be played on old Archimedes systems hooked up to modern monitors or televisions. LCDGameModes patches the screen modes that games use on the fly, such that they work correctly with a VGA or SVGA compatible screen. The effect of this is to prevent scrambled displays and fix the aspect ratio of "letter-boxed" games.
New RISC OS news web site
Another new site has appeared to fill the void left by Drobe.
Mail client Pluto updated, open-sourced
Jonathan Duddington, author of the RISC OS e-mail client Pluto, has announced that as of now, Pluto is available for free. The project has been open-sourced, enabling other developers to take over maintenance of the software. Jonathan has also updated the program for ARMv7 compatibility, enabling it to run on the most modern hardware.
The popular open-source RiscPC emulator RPCEmu has had an update. Version 0.8.10 is available now. The changes since the last release include various bug fixes and extensive under-the-bonnet refactoring in preparation for future improvements.
3QD Developments acquire RISC OS from RISCOS Ltd
3QD Developments have confirmed the acquisition of RISC OS from RISCOS Ltd. In a statement, Aaron Timbrell of 3QD Developments stated "3QD Developments Ltd has purchased the rights to all versions of RISC OS developed and marketed by RISCOS Ltd. This purchase has been made with the assistance of a number of RISCOS Ltd shareholders, customers and developers.
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
RISC OS Open at Wakefield 2013
RISC OS Open are pleased to announce that we will be attending the ever-popular Wakefield Show on Saturday 20th April.We hope to see you all there!
Raspberry Pi release RC8 out now
The updated release candidate of RISC OS for the Raspberry Pi can now be downloaded as a compressed SD card image from the Raspberry Pi downloads page.
Raspberry Pi release RC7 out now
The latest release candidate of RISC OS for the Raspberry Pi can now be downloaded as a compressed SD card image from the Raspberry Pi downloads page.This release is primarily intended to address problems with compatability with Raspberry Pi hardware using Hynix RAM chips. There are no changes to the Filecore partition (the RISC OS boot sequence and disc image) between this release (RC7) and the previous release (RC6).A summary of all the changes in the RISC OS ROM image can be found here with the full-fat change list here.
Keep up to date!
If you want to know what’s going on in the RISC OS world, you can do a lot worse than looking in our forums. You can also see what we’re up to on our Facebook page (rool.social) and Twitter feed (@risc_os).There are also loads of handy sites like these:RISCOSitoryMy RISC OSThe RISC OS blogThe Icon BarRISC OS infoRISCOScodeAnd for those of you who like it old school, there are the “comp.sys.acorn.*” usenet groups.There’s always lots going on behind the scenes, too. We’d love to post more updates to keep everyone informed but there’s just so little time! If anyone fancies helping out with putting out regular update posts about all things RISC OS, please get in touch here (subject “news help”).
RISC OS Open Christmas down time
We hope everyone is ready for an end-of-year break – we certainly are. RISC OS Open is planning to shut down over the holidays from Sat 22nd Dec 2012 to Sun 6th Jan 2013 inclusive. We may still keep an eye on emails and the site but cannot guarantee anything!Please also note that any orders or other enquiries placed over this period will probably not be dealt with until we return.See you all in the New Year!
And maybe of interest....
HP down on all fronts in Q2, but profits higher than expected
Competition is fierce in servers and PCs, thanks to DellIf you were expecting for HP to being good news to the IT industry when it reported its financial results for the fiscal second quarter, you are no doubt sorely disappointed. Well, unless you consider that in terms of profit declines it could have been a lot worse.
Microsoft floats Azure cloud into China
Redmond meets Red Dragon via 21VianetMicrosoft is bringing its Azure cloud to China, although the management of the data center will be done by a local firm.
Twitter locks down logins by adding two-factor authentication
Now please lock out the Syrians!Twitter has joined the growing number of companies offering two-factor authentication to prevent logins being stolen - a fate several high-profile users of its service have suffered recently.
IiNet offloads fibre network to NBN Co
Exits Canberra FTTP marketIn a bit of a game of pass-the-parcel, the fibre-to-the-home network assets that iiNet bought when it acquired TransACT Communications last year has been passed on to NBN Co for a minimum of $AU9 million.
Microsoft tweaks WinPhone YouTube app to fix Google gripes
Vid downloads blocked, but ads still not possibleMicrosoft has issued an update to its YouTube app for Windows Phone 8 that addresses some of Google's concerns over the earlier version, but not all of them.
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What the PS4 could look like
Sony's recent PlayStation 4 video was maddeningly vague, teasing us with blurry glimpses of the console - but Redditor morphinapg reckons they've seen enough to piece together the above render of the PS4.
Xbox One up for £400 pre-order with November 30th UK release
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