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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February News Round-up
Some things we noticed this month. What did you see?
Drag'n'Drop 10i4 edition reviewed
If you are looking for some RISC OS reading to keep you busy and entertained we can recommend the latest edition of Drag'n'Drop.
Running Python on RISC OS
It is really exciting to see a modern version of Python running on RISC OS. Python 3.8 has been out for several months now and there is a beta version of Python3.10 available to test from Chris Johns here. Chris talked about bringing Python to RISC OS in an interview for Icon Bar last year.
Rougol February online meeting with Steffen Huber
This months speaker was Steffen Huber, the man behind Hubersn Software, talking about his RISC OS experiences and his software. Being online makes it much easier to attend and there were 40+ attendees this time. As usual all mistakes and omissions in the notes are mine (apologies).
RISC OS interview with Steffen Huber
This time round, the author of CDVDBurn talks to us...
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ObjAsm becomes self-aware in latest DDE update
The assembler tool, one of the cornerstones of the Desktop Development Environment (DDE), has taken on a life of its own in the latest update which was made available to eligible developers today. The main changes include:The addition of support for instructions from ARMv8.0 to the very latest ARMv8.6Support for the IEEE half-precision floating point instructions in the VFP instruction setA new data type for BFloat16More thorough rules checking around ‘IT’ blocksA number of bug fixes and improvements to warning and error textThe table of known CPUs to target has been updated, right up to the Cortex-X1Extra built-in variables to allow conditional assembly for a given target
Pi 400 coming in to land
It’s been a bumpy flight through 2020 but RISC OS Open airways would like to welcome the Raspberry Pi 400 as it joins the other frequent flyers of the Pi family of educational computers.
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”.
And maybe of interest....
Apple, forced to rate product repair potential in France, gives itself modest marks
Never mind the glue and soldered RAMApple, on its French website, is now publishing repairability scores for its notoriously difficult to repair products, in accordance with a Gallic environmental law enacted a year ago.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Biden nixes Trump immigrant visa ban as clock runs down on H-1B suspension
Keeping family members out of the country deemed harmfulPresident Biden has issued a proclamation revoking a series of Trump administration proclamations that halted the issuance of green cards for immigrants. The rule change, however, left in place limitations on temporary work visas for skilled foreign workers.
TikTok to cough up $92m to settle data privacy sueballs over harvesting too much data
Or about five days of annual operating profitByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, has offered to pay less than $100m to settle multiple privacy class-action lawsuits in the US.
Choose your fighter! March Mammal Madness pits poor, innocent critters against each other in mortal combat
Not literally and all in the name of educationEver idly wonder if a marmot could bring down an ant-eater? Would a fox be foxed by a badger? Could a badger out-badger a fox?
Imperva pretty adamant that security analytics aggregator product Sonar is not 'one dashboard to rule them all'
Uh huh... it's a good time to be in enterprise security analyticsTired of keeping up with security alerts from your system? Worried that your Security Operations Centre (SOC) is getting deluged in low-level reporting? Fear not: Imperva has produced an aggregator aggregation product that sits over the top of all your other alert-generating security software.
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