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.
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RISC OS Open
Did you notice? We changed everything
There’s a surprising amount of behind-the-scenes work required to keep the services you’re using on the RISC OS Open website running, but it’s not glamourous work:Deleting spam accounts (thanks Dave!)Administering bounty donations and taming the beast (thanks Andrew!)Maintaining package lists (thanks Theo!)Keeping host OS versions patched and up to date (thanks James!)
Fruit of community effort ready to pick
Updating the User Guide from the parrot’s previous outing in 1996 has been a huge task. We’ve incorporated some of the introductory chapters about using RISC OS from the Welcome Guide (your supplier should still give you specific instructions about plugging the computer together), plus adding new chapters to cover the extra bundled applications and features in RISC OS 5.A total of 62 chapters and over 900 images were brought together, with contributions and reviewing from the community. There’s now also some tutorial material included in the latest HardDisc4 to accompany the text.In light of the community input we’ve squeezed the price down to just £20.00 (plus delivery, cost depends on destination) with an electronic copy following shortly for those who prefer to read on screen.
ROOL goes dutch at RISC OS eXperience 2018
Saturday 12th May sees the Big Ben Club hosting this year’s international RISC OS eXperience show. We look forward to seeing you there!
RISC OS 5.24 stable is now available
After a long run up RISC OS Open Limited (ROOL) are pleased to announce the much anticipated latest stable RISC OS release for many of the computers your favourite OS currently runs on.
RISC OS Open at Wakefield 2018
RISC OS Open look forward to seeing you at the Wakefield RISC OS show, this Saturday 21th April 2018.We’re on stand 15 all day, or come to hear what we’ve doing and how to get involved in the midday theatre slot.New releasesIt’ll be a chance to get hands on with RISC OS 5.24 – the new stable release – making its first public outing, packed with over 650 changes and improvements since the last version in 2015. Newly updated editions of the popular RISC OS Pi and ePic SD cards will also be launched on Saturday.The recently revised Desktop Development Environment (DDE28b) will be on sale for budding developers.And as if that isn’t enough, the brand new edition of the RISC OS 5 User Guide will be available to take away on the day; light reading for the long journey home.Easier ways to buyFollowing feedback at previous shows (we do listen!) we’ll also be able to take payment by card for the first time, including contactless payments. It’s never been easier to buy merchandise or pledge towards one of the open bounties.
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Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker
Shooter dead and now named by cops, one worker in critical condition, two seriousCops have named the programmer who went on a gun rampage at WTS Paradigm - a US maker of enterprise resource planning software - this week. He shot four colleagues, leaving one in a critical condition.
In a race to 5G, Trump has stuck a ball-and-chain on America's leg
China tit-for-tat tariff tiff a terrible thing, warns FCC CommissionerComment President Donald Trump's trade war with China may come with a serious cost to America's next-generation cellular networks, a federal regulator has warned.
Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate
Class-action lawsuit over iOS 6 snafu allowed to move aheadApple is accused of deliberately shafting people who didn't upgrade their iPhones and iOS, in a class action lawsuit over its FaceTime video-conferencing software.
NSS Labs fires off anti-malware-testing lawsuit at infosec toolmakers
Alleges CrowdStrike, Symantec, ESET, Anti-Malware Testing Standards Org collusionNSS Labs has thrown a hand grenade into the always fractious but slightly obscure world of security product testing by suing multiple vendors as well as an industry standards organisation.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
No, that Sunspot Solar Observatory didn't see aliens. It's far more grim
Janitor probed over child sex abuse image allegations, facility reopensOn September 6, the Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico, USA, was evacuated and sealed off without explanation, sparking wild conspiracy theories as to why.
Bags & Backpacks : Apollo Mini Messenger Bag - Exclusive
Shoot for the Moon. This ThinkGeek / GameStop exclusive features a lunar map design. When you flip open the flap, you'll be greeted by two NASA patches, and an interior space that includes a document pocket, a main compartment, and a padded laptop / tablet sleeve. $39.99
Bags & Backpacks : Mercury 6 Messenger Bag - Exclusive
"It's a little bumpy about here." Bring your stuff with you in this messenger bag that celebrates the Mercury-Atlas 6 and John Glenn's Earth-orbiting flight aboard the Friendship 7, with a retro space aesthetic, reminiscent of Mercury astronauts' silver pressure suits. $69.99
Clothing : Doctor Who Trust Me Lounge Pant
Crazy person in a blue box. Although trusting random strangers IS a good way to start an adventure, it's also a good way to end one. So just make sure before you jump in that box that you listen for two hearts first, k? $24.99
Clothing : Rick and Morty Glow-in-the-Dark Lounge Pant
Wubba lubba dub dub. Rick and Morty in Rick's ship are printed on the left leg of these lounge pants. In addition, the design glows in the dark. You get the logo, the outline of the ship - all the important bits, and not just if you have nightvision googly eye glasses. $24.99
Accessories : Aquaman Uniform Slippers
Put your feet up after ruling 70% of Earth. Maybe the seven seas are your domain, but everyone can be more comfortable on land with these Aquaman Uniform Slippers. They have padded soles and no-slip dots on the bottom, helping you to stay upright. They do not, however, allow you to talk to your fis $29.99
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