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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Updating RPCEmu to 5.28
Last time round, I updated my Pi to RISC OS 5.28. This time I am going to update my copy of RPCEmu running on my Mac from 5.27 to the new release which is a very similar process.
Upgrading your RISC OS system to 5.28
With the arrival of RISC OS 5.28 you are probably thinking about updating an existing machine. This has become a lot easier with recent RISC OS releases.
Gerph talks to Rougol online
This months speaker was Gerph, talking about his RISC OS experiences and his new project. All mistakes and omissions in the notes are mine (apologies).
PiHard 4.0 reviewed
With the arrival of RISC OS for the Raspberry Pi 4, I decided it was time to upgrade my old Pi 3. Traditionally, I have gone for a standard PI with just an SD card in the official compact box. But I was really taken with the stylish Delta cases shown in the RISCOSbits show talk so I decided to go for a more upmarket machine this time round with a PiHard.
Free online build service for RISC OS
It is now possible to build RISC OS code online with the free RISC OS Build system.
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Development easier than A-B-C
At the recent London show we launched DDE30, the new edition the Desktop Development Environment, to a wall of miniature faces via Zoom. If you weren’t able to attend, read on…
RISC OS 5.28 now available
Slightly delayed from our original target in Spring, we’re pleased to announce RISC OS 5.28 is now available for all platforms that met or exceeded our stable release criteria.
Charting our way
As countries around the world grapple with the COVID-19, many people will currently be required to stay indoors, or to change their work patterns and switch to video conferencing. Drinking more? Exercising less? It certainly feels like an interesting time to see what the data says about what’s happening in our community.Take a look with us at various metrics from ROOL’s data banks for the period January to April, to see how things looked heading into the “new normal”.
As I’m sure you are all aware, RISC OS Open places our user and developer community at the very top of our list of priorities. In the light of the current pandemic and the very latest advice from the UK Government, we find ourselves in a position of seeing no alternative but to withdraw from all face-to-face social engagements, such as user group meetings and shows, including the up-coming Wakefield Show.
Three interesting topics for our march towards April
With the added productivity of our bonus leap day behind us, there is still a lot to look forward to in the next couple of months. For example:Setting off towards our new RISC OS 5.28 stable releaseJourneying to Wakefield, UK for the 25th WROCC show on 18th AprilReaching new heights of bounty goodness
And maybe of interest....
Marmite of scripting languages PHP emits version 8.0, complete with named arguments and other goodies
Hallucinate, Desegregate, Mediate, Try not to hate: INXS of 25 years on, PHP liberates the number eightVersion 8.0 of the PHP scripting language is scheduled for release on 26 November, which coincides with the US Thanksgiving holiday.
UK coronavirus tier postcode-searching tool yanked offline as desperate Britons hunt for latest lockdown details
When we expect heavy traffic spikes we provision enough capacity to handle it... right?The gov.uk postcode-searching tool for Britons to find out what level of coronavirus lockdown they'll be in until Christmas has crashed on launch and been withdrawn.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Master boot vinyl record: It just gives DOS on my IBM PC a warmer, more authentic tone
And on the B-side: Linux?Looking for something to do in quarantine? How about booting DOS from a 10-inch vinyl record?
Netflix chooses its own judgment in 'Bandersnatch' case: Settle and make the nasty lawsuit go away
Maybe next time Brooker can choose to write a proper Black Mirror episodeStreaming giant Netflix has agreed to settle a lawsuit over the trademark rights to the "Choose Your Own Adventure" series of books.
HP CEO talks up HP-ink-only print hardware and higher upfront costs for machines that use other cartridges
'These actions will help us to optimize the business by reducing the number of unprofitable customers'HP might have dropped the Ink Inc from its corporate banner but CEO Enrique Lores is still mining for the black gold: with the firm clawing back cash by slapping away the grubby hands of its pesky "unprofitable customers" from its printing rig.
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