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 22.214.171.124 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.
South-West Show 2019 Report
The South-West Show took place in its new (much more accessible and suburban) home in Bristol. Read on to find out more (any mistakes or omissions are mine)...
South-West Show 2019 talks
There was a full set of talks at the South-West show
South-West Show 2019 in Pictures
Take a walk around the South-West 2019 with us....
Show West Show 2019 preview
Next weekend (Saturday 16th February) sees the regular South West show in its brand new venue. Organised as usual by R-Comp and Orpheus Internet, the show will take place at the Arnos Manor, in Bristol. The venue is really easy to reach by both car and public transport and you can book a room if you want to stay the night.
Some things we noticed this month. What did you see?
500 Server closed connection without sending any data back
RISC OS Open
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.
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…
And maybe of interest....
WWW = Woeful, er, winternet wendering? CERN browser rebuilt after 30 years barely recognizes modern web
Berners-Lee's WorldWideWeb code can't handle much, but hey, it now runs in a browserIn preparation for next month's 30th anniversary of the proposal that gave us the world wide web, boffins at the behest of CERN have recreated the world's first web browser, and made it accessible as a modern web page.
Germany tells America to verpissen off over Huawei 5G cyber-Sicherheitsbedenken
Europeans can't find any evidence of Chinese spyingGerman is expected to snub US pressure to cut Huawei out of its next-generation 5G networks, rejecting claims that the Chinese manufacturer is a security risk.
ReRAM biz Crossbar hopes fad-du-jour IoT AI can help it avoid the tracks of Intel's Optane storage chip juggernaut
ReRAM seeks artificial helpCrossbar, developer of Resistive RAM (ReRAM) chips, is setting up an AI consortium to help counter, er, resistance to the technology, speed up its adoption, and hopefully outrun Intel's Optane.
Pure Storage's would-be Data Domain killer out in March - but it's still shy about the internals
Go on, flash storage bandits - spill your gutsPure Storage will introduce a shiny new backup box - dubbed ObjectEngine - from as early as next month to pinch sales from veterans including EMC-owned sectoral kingpin Data Domain.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Git money, git paid: GitHub waves larger wads of dollar bills to tempt bug hunters
Bounty bonanza balloons and beguilesSocial code storage biz GitHub, now a ward of Microsoft, on Tuesday divulged plans to make itself more attractive to hackers by flashing larger sums of cash and offering better indemnity.
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