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 18.104.22.168 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.
PackMan in practice, part 2
As mentioned at the end of part one, this article about creating PackMan packages is going to look at what's necessary to generate distribution index files, ROOL pointer files, and how these tasks can be automated. Towards the end I'll also be taking a look at some options for automating the uploading of the files to your website.
GPS becomes Data Logger
At the recent London Show Chris Hall was showing his new Data Logger. Here he gives some info into the new hardware
October News Headlines
Some things we noticed this month. What did you see?
RISC OS London Show Report 2018
The 10th London show took place at its regular venue on Saturday 27th October (St Giles Hotel - Feltham, London). It was a warm and sunny autumn day (always a good start). The bridge next to the Show was closed this year which made the journey more complex...
RISC OS London Show 2018 - Notes from the talks
Here are my notes from the talks. Any mistakes or omissions are mine.
500 Server closed connection without sending any data back
RISC OS Open
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.
RISC OS 5.26 is alive!
The Open Source RISC OS source tree is now live on our site for your delectation. There are some things you need to know…
At last! RISC OS is back on NOOBS
Great news! RISC OS is back in the list of Operating Systems supplied as a part of the Raspberry Pi NOOBS – New Out Of the Box Software. It dropped off the list a couple of years ago when our support for the Pi 3 took longer to appear than we’d hoped, but now it’s back!
RISC OS is open for business!
RISC OS Open Ltd (ROOL) are hugely proud to announce that we will be working with RISC OS Developments (ROD), following their recent acquisition of the RISC OS intellectual property through the purchase of Castle Technology Ltd (Castle), in the next phase of the mission to reinvigorate the RISC OS market.
And maybe of interest....
SMS 2FA database leak drama, MageCart mishaps, Black Friday badware, and more
Plus, why is Kaspersky Lab getting into chess?Roundup What a week it has been: we had the creation of a new government agency, a meltdown flashback, and of course, Patch Tuesday.
Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again
Measurement nerds enter the 21st centuryAs incredible as it may seem, until this week the definitive measurement of a kilogram was a cylinder made of an alloy comprising 90 per cent platinum and 10 per cent iridium sat under a glass dome in a room in Paris.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client - then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality
We never meant to make that widely public which is why we made a public FAQ for itMicrosoft was, and maybe still is, considering injecting targeted adverts into the Windows 10 Mail app.
We asked the US military for its 'do not buy' list of Russian, Chinese gear. Surprise: It doesn't exist
El Reg drills into banned technology with Freedom-of-Info requestThe US Department of Defense's "do not buy" list of foreign software and equipment turns out to be about as long as the list of bug-free Windows releases or privacy-focused Facebook apps.
Amazon tries to ruin infosec world's fastest-growing cottage industry (finding data-spaffing S3 storage buckets)
AWS comes up with blanket policies to smother public-facing cloud silosAmazon Web Services is taking steps to halt the epidemic of data leaks caused by the S3 cloud buckets it hosts from being accidentally left wide open to the internet by customers.
Toys & Games : Mickey The True Original Chess Set
M-I-C. K-E-Y. M-O-U-S-E. The 32 movers are custom-sculpted from either white or black vinyl. You'll play with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as King and Queen, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck as Bishops, Pete and Goofy as Knights, and more. $69.99
Toys & Games : Rick and Morty Risk
Ricks: The Game of Strategic Interdimensional Conquest. This Rick & Morty version of Risk wisely limits you to controlling the planets and locations along the Central Finite Curve. You get to play as the Mythologs, Robot Dogs, Gazorpians, Post-Apocalyptic People, or the U.S. Government. $49.99
Home & Office : Cats in Ugly Sweaters Wreath
We wish you a merry kitsmas. This wreath features three kitties in festive holiday sweaters batting at various decorations, plus one extra cat noggin, and a huge bow. And it also has six flashy lights, much like that evil red laser dot that occasionally appears, but different. $19.99
Clothing : Dungeons and Dragons Holiday Sweater
Ugly sweater? Beauty's in the eye of the Beholder. Here's a holiday sweater for all of Santa's elves, dwarves, halflings, gnomes, half-orcs, and, of course, humans. The black, red, and white Fair Isle pattern is made up of D20s, polearms, staves, and the dragon ampersand D&D logo on the front. $49.99
Home & Office : 2019 ThinkGeek Despair Wall Calendar - Exclusive
Still use a physical calendar? Buy this one. We've teamed up with the geniuses at Despair, Inc. again to bring you a totally demotivating and hilarious calendar. You'll get a different Demotivator each month (see below) as well as important dates in geek history. $19.99
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