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.
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Pi rounded up to four
24th June saw the launch of the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s latest pint-sized educational computer – the Pi 4. Sportinga faster Cortex-A72 processormore RAM (model options with 1, 2, or 4GB)built in gigabit Etherneta move to VideoCore VI for 4k graphics at 60fpsand much more besidesThe form factor is largely unchanged, apart from a few connector movements.
Raft of new bounties floated
With the bumper infusion of pledges in our end of 2018 blowout, a number of the previously accumulating bounties have since been claimed by eager developers. That’s left us with some slots to fill for where we want to steer RISC OS next – what big ticket items are missing from everyone’s favourite OS?So we’ve scoured your suggestions, checked the wish list (twice), and unfolded the roadmap to bring this next set to the surface…
Connecting with the 21st century
Barely a day goes by without a data leak or hacking attempt on some of the world’s biggest corporations, so it’s more important than ever to keep your security software up to date. One of the aims of this first step in overhauling the RISC OS network stack was to purge any out of date and weak protocols.
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!).
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How're you enjoying that 25Mbps internet speed, America? Oh, it's just 6Mbps? And you're sad? Can't imagine why
Internet testers went down to Georgia and found a fraudAnalysis American internet users are, seemingly, getting a quarter of the internet speed they are paying for.
When Harry met celly: NSA hoarder thrown in the clink for 9 years - after taking classified work home for decades
Contractor Martin sentenced for squirreling away 50TB of hush-hush files, exploitsAn ex-NSA contractor who admitted stashing some 50TB of secret US government documents and exploit code at his home was today sentenced to nine years behind bars.
Literally braking news: Two people hurt as not one but two self-driving space-age buses go awry
One hit by robo-ride, another injured in US, Austrian trialsTwo driverless vehicle trials were temporarily halted this week after self-driving mini-buses encountered obstacles - or think they did - resulting in minor injuries to a rider and a pedestrian.
All very MoD-ern: RAF test pilot headed into space with Virgin, £30m small sat demo project
Defence ministry gets with the Apollo vibesRoundup As the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon mission, the UK's Ministry of Defence has gone a bit wacky - not only does it have fresh space plans, but it also wants to strap laser zappers to stuff too.
You'll never guess what US mad lads Throwflame have strapped to a drone (clue: it does exactly what it says on the tin)
America. Fsck yeahUS firm Throwflame is selling - you guessed it - a flamethrower attachment for drones.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
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