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.
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RISC OS Open
Connecting with the 21st century
Barely a day goes by without a data leak or hacking attempt on some of the world’s biggest corporations, so it’s more important than ever to keep your security software up to date. One of the aims of this first step in overhauling the RISC OS network stack was to purge any out of date and weak protocols.
Another bounty gets under way for 2019
Following the unprecedented pledges made by the community during November and December, we’re able to announce that the bounty to teach the C compiler some new tricks is now under way.
Bounty matching target success!
We are delighted to announce that we reached our £5,000 bounty matching target before the end of 2018! This saw some extremely generous donations from across the community into our open bounties. We have matched each of the donations, up to our total of £5,000.As a special bonus, now we have closed-off the General bounty for 2018, we have re-distributed £3,000 across three of the open bounties (the fourth has already been snapped up!).
Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ on sale now
The latest Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ has been released – and RISC OS 5.26/5.27 already support the new hardware. If you want to try RISC OS out on this, grab a copy of NOOBS Lite and select RISC OS from the installation menu.This Pi has a clock speed of 1.4GHz, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking and the improved thermal performance of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. It also has a smaller form factor and a lower price than the Pi 3 Model B+.
£5,000 of bounty matching goodness
Once more, we at ROOL are going to put our money where our website is and start matching bounty contributions from you good people. For the remainder of 2018, we will match any donations into our bounty scheme (excluding the General bounty and recurring donations) up to a total of £5,000.
And maybe of interest....
Facebook removes about as many fake accounts as it has actual monthly users (yes, billions) in effort to clean up online
Social ad biz details effort to cleanse communityAnalysis Just as the US Environmental Protection Agency allows up to 9 mg of rodent waste per kilogram of wheat and 0.15 μg/m3 of lead in the air over three months, Facebook expects toxic content will always be a part of its service.
WikiLeaks boss Assange acted as a foreign spy, Uncle Sam exclaims in fresh rap sheet
Prosecutors try to paint a line between journos and internet dump lord in case with significant free speech implicationsJulian Assange has been indicted by the US government on 18 counts of violating the Espionage Act, expanding the legal case against him and raising significant free speech issues.
Why telcos 'handed over' people's GPS coords to a bounty hunter: He just had to ask nicely
Privacy slip allegations dog US cellular network giants... while FCC twiddles its thumbsA bounty hunter was able to get the live location of a number of different individuals from American cellphone networks through a single phone call, it is claimed.
British Army cyber 'n' psyops unit 77 Brigade can't even brainwash civvies into helping it meet recruitment targets
Part-timers neededThe British Army's psyops unit 77 Brigade is still falling short of recruiting targets, despite cyber skills being bigged up repeatedly by the military and government.
Weak AF array sales at NetApp leave analysts feeling cold
Looking for flash, private cloud and public cloud data services to bump up revenuesNetApp reported quarterly revenues that were weaker than expected last night - reduced by feeble sales across flash arrays, OEM and EMEA.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Tools : Naruto Shippuden Akatsuki Cloud Umbrella
It's always cloudy. This Naruto Shippuden Akatsuki Cloud Umbrella protects you from the rain, but you'll have to join the Akatsuki first. So, if you don't have a problem with questionable loyalties, it really is a nice umbrella. $19.99
Collectibles : Dragon Ball Z Figure-rise Standard Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegetto Model Kit
Get your Potara earrings. This Dragon Ball Z Figure-rise Standard Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegetto Model Kit is ready to cut down his enemies. And we say cut because he has a giant sword. $34.99
Collectibles : Dragon Ball Z FiguartsZERO The Burning Battles Super Saiyan Broly Figure
Defeat Kakarot! This Dragon Ball Z FiguartsZERO Super Saiyan Broly Figure captures Broly in one of his most powerful forms. His special effects add-ons allow you to recreate his epic attacks. $94.99
Tools : Dragon Ball Z Goku Symbols Umbrella
Protect your Saiyan hair. Don't let the elements defeat you in battle. When your hair goes Super Saiyan, make sure to protect it in style with this Dragon Ball Z Goku Symbols Umbrella. It's better than having Goku protect your hair. $19.99
Collectibles : Dragon Ball Z FiguartsZERO The Burning Battles Super Saiyan Goku Figure
Attain the power. This Dragon Ball Z FiguartsZERO Super Saiyan Goku Figure captures Goku in his Super Saiyan form. His special effects add-ons allow you to recreate his epic attacks, so you might want to make sure to put him off to the side from the rest of your collectibl $74.99
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