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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Free Substitute Soccer game available on !Store
Jeroen Vermeulen has been busy continuing with his project to convert Python games in Python from the book "Code the Classics" by the Raspberry Pi organisation. His fifth game (Substitute Soccer) is now available as a free download from !Store
November News round-up
Some things we noticed this month. What did you see?
Drag'n'Drop 11i1 edition reviewed
The latest edition of Drag'n'Drop (now into Volume 11) was released at the recent London Show. Drag'n'Drop is a long-running quarterly RISC OS magazine published electronically as a PDF file. So you you can read it any Computer system. It reminds me of the 90s style Acorn magazines and is a mixture of news, reviews, listings, and tutorials. You can buy the listing already typed in.
New Iris October release
The London Show also brought us the latest release of the Iris web browser.
Rougol November talk - RISC OS Pyromaniac update
This month's talk was probably the first proper 'hybrid' Rougol meetings with 8 people in person and 25 (including the speaker) on Zoom. We were actually kicked out of our usual room into a smaller one, so 8 people worked well.
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RISC OS Open
We're here to guide all RISC OS users
With a little help from our friends at CJE Micro’s we’re now delighted to be able to offer a free download of the User Guide for the latest stable release of RISC OS 5.
London Show gets physical
Saturday 30th October heralds the return of the RISC OS London Show at its usual location in the St Giles Hotel, Feltham, UK. After the previous show moved online due to government restrictions, the situation is looking more favourable this year, and we’re looking forward to seeing users and developers from the RISC OS world.On the standDrop by and ask us anything about what RISC OS Open is doing, we’ll try our best to answer. It’s also an opportunity to add to one of the currently collecting bounties, or take home something tangible like a T-shirt.Or just listenEven if you can’t make it to see us on our stand, please drop into the show theatre for an update on ROOL’s activity with our favourite OS. We’ll take a look at recent changes available to download and try out yourself, status of the bounty projects we’re coordinating, and big topics on the horizon. It’s highly likely the show talks will be streamed online, so follow there if you cannot come along in person.Be preparedAs the venue is an indoor setting a face covering is recommended, and please don’t be offended if we don’t shake your hand. If you decide to buy something from our selected merchandise our preference is contactless payment by card rather than cash.Also take note of any specific advice on the day from the show’s organisers and other relevant sources.
ROOL recognised in annual RISC OS awards
All of us at RISC OS Open are very proud and thankful to everyone who voted in the RISC OS Awards. In keeping with the delay of a year to these awards, its taken us a while to spot the fact we’d actually been both nominated and had some success!Thanks also to Vince Hudd / Soft Rock Software for organising this event.ROOL’s resultsBest new developmentAnd the winner, with 44% of the vote, is: RISC OS 5.28, from RISC OS Open Ltd and contributors.
Ping! Another one fully cooked
Portable Network Graphics, with file extension PNG and often pronounced Ping, is a common bitmap graphics format which offers lossless compression for faster transfer over the internet. PNG sits somewhere between Sprite, which is uncompressed, and JPEG used for photos, which uses lossy compression (throwing some information away) to shrink the file even smaller.What do we gain?There are two aspects to the new PNG support:Being able to save directly from Paint as a PNG graphicBeing able to convert anything ChangeFSI can open and write it out as a PNG graphicUnderneath this there’s a new support module, called CompressPNG, which does the real work and which other applications will be able to make use of.If you are a developer and you’d like to add PNG export to one of your own applications it’s simply a case of making a few system calls from whatever language you prefer to use. It’s very similar to the CompressJPEG module which has shipped since RISC OS 3.60, so much so that Paint has also gained the ability to save out as JPEG via that same approach.
Going round in circles, quickly
There are a few areas where the potential for speed-ups are huge yet to date RISC OS has been unable to harness them. One such area is where the more complicated floating point mathematical operations are used, like sine and cosine, rather than simple add/subtract/multiply/divide – but that has all changed in our nightly RISC OS 5 ROMs from July 2021 onwards.
And maybe of interest....
Google sued for firing staff who claim they tried to follow 'Don't be evil' motto
Civil complaint dovetails with ongoing litigation over alleged union bustingAround 2001, Google adopted the motto "Don't be evil" to summarize its avowed values and to spell out the ethical behavior expected from employees.
Microsoft's Teams Essential tier seems designed to coax people on to Business Basic
Looks like good value, but sorely lacking in some important areasBecause not everyone is a Microsoft 365 customer, Microsoft has launched a Teams Essentials standalone product to try to nab those remaining holdouts.
Russia: It isn't just us - a bit of an old US rocket might get as close as 5.4km to the ISS
Meanwhile, Soyuz Cluedo continues: It was someone, with the drill, in the habitation moduleRussian news agency TASS has reported that a chunk of a US Pegasus carrier rocket is due to whizz past the International Space Station (ISS) at a minimum distance of 5.4km this week.
Microsoft: What's that? A patch for make-me-admin vuln? Sorry - can't hear you. Have a new jumper instead
Redmond fiddles with Paint while Windows burnsUsers wondering if Microsoft is going to do anything about the holes in its flagship operating system will be relieved to note it has found time to fiddle with Paint dialogs and unleash another Christmas jumper.
So it turns out Google would like to pass Knative to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation after all
That means the 'forseeable future' at Mountain View is... about two yearsWhat a difference two years makes. Knative has applied to become a Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) incubating project.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
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