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 126.96.36.199 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.
RISC OS interview with Tim H-Smith
There was recently a very interesting discussion about writing a new RISC OS game on Stardot. Our intrepid reporters have tracked down the prospective author to find out more....
February News Round-up
Some things we noticed in the RISC OS world this month. What did you see?
The South-West Show 2018 in pictures
The South-West Show 2018 in pictures (taken before and during the show).
RISC OS Open
Padlock clicks shut on network stack project
We’re excited to be able to reveal two important steps in the overhaul of RISC OS’ creaking network stack today.It’s a lock-in on step 1After a number of briefcases containing keys were exchanged, and several complex meetings concluded in a three way handshake the bounty, which opened in February 2017, has now begun at a top secret location.This particular bounty received a generous sponsorship from equally hush hush RISC OS Developments Ltd as part of their vision to improve that particular area of the OS. We’re very grateful for that, and invite other companies to present giant cardboard cheques to accelerate their favourite bounties towards each target amount too.
RISC OS 5.24 approaches
The latest stable release of RISC OS is now entering its final stages ahead of a planned release date in April 2018. This has been a long, hard slog and represents a significant milestone – it will be the first stable release for the Raspberry Pi.
Desktop development and not a flat pack in sight
If you missed October’s London Show you may also have missed the release of DDE28 too.
USB bounty complete, only 1 finger needed
We can now count on just 1 finger the number of steps remaining to overhaul the aging RISC OS USB stack following the completion today of step 1. This initial bounty was carved off a larger block after recognising that the scale of the task couldn’t reasonably be achieved prior to the next stable release of RISC OS (version 5.24), yet we needed some of the work to help towards the Raspberry Pi port.
Get your hands on the definitive BBC BASIC reference
Launched at the London 2017 show, ROOL are now shipping from stock a fully revised edition of the BBC BASIC Reference Manual for anybody who wasn’t able to make it there in person.
And maybe of interest....
FYI: AI tools can unmask anonymous coders from their binary executables
To maintain privacy, stay offline, don't maintain public repos that trace back to youProgrammers can be potentially identified from the low-level machine-code instructions in their software executables by AI-powered tools.
Crypt-NO-coins: US city bans mining funbux on its electrical power grid
New commercial alt-cash crafters turned away from slurping cheap electricityA city in upstate New York has become the first in America to effectively ban any new commercial-grade cryptocurrency miners from powering up.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Whois? More like WHOWAS: Domain database on verge of collapse over EU privacy
Governments refuse to get sucked into policy shambles, kibosh DNS GDPR plansAn effort to resolve conflicts between upcoming European privacy legislation and the global Whois service for domain names has, predictably, failed, raising fears that cybercriminals will take advantage of the impasse.
Konichiw-aaaaargh! Amazon's Japanese HQ raided in antitrust probe
Bezos Bunch under the microscope of anti-monopoly copsAmazon has had its Japanese headquarters raided by police as the web giant finds itself the focus of an antitrust probe.
UK.gov told: Draw up code of practice for cops bulk-slurping car plates
CCTV commish welcomes amendment 3 years after first suggestedUK government will be forced to debate a code of practice for cops' use of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) systems after Labour MPs tabled an amendment to the Data Protection Bill.
Clothing : Rick and Morty Portal Long Sleeve T-Shirt
E-e-everything is gonna *BURP* be fine, Morty. Share your love of Rick and Morty no matter which dimension you end up in. $29.99
Accessories : Rick and Morty Portal Watch
And away we go! Rick and Morty appear to have opened a portal on your wrist. And they seem to be stuck. You can keep an eye on time with this watch while you watch Rick and Morty swirl around endlessly. $39.99
Home & Office : Ready Player One First to the Egg and Planet Doom Canvas Art 2 Pack
stack fault. It'd be good if your art was motivational, right? Fortunately, these two canvases from Ready Player One are both decorative AND inspirational. This is a set of two canvases: First to the Egg and Planet Doom. $24.99
Accessories : Captain America Shield Watch
Not made of vibranium-steel alloy. Looking for a way to support your country while wearing your love for comic books on near your sleeve? Look no further than the Captain America Shield Watch. This watch has red, silver, and blue accents and features Cap's shield as its face. $39.99
Home & Office : Visions of the Future: Microplush Throw Kepler-16b
Where your shadow always has company. Like NASA, we love this faux travel poster for Kepler-16b enough that we wanted it in our homes, because sometimes they get chilly and we wish we were elsewhere. $24.99
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