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  • Get RISC OS running on Puppy Linux with RPCEmu
    As demonstrated at the South West 2009 show, Paul Stewart has managed to produce not only a guide to getting RPCEmu up and running on Puppy Linux - a light-weight and user-friendly flavour of Linux - he's also produced a live CD so anyone interested in trying out RISC OS can boot straight into Linux and test drive the OS.
     3 comments, latest by rjek on 26/2/09 5:38PM. Published: 23 Feb 2009

  • New RISC OS ownership claim may derail ROOL RiscPC ROM release
    RISCOS Ltd, the developers of RISC OS 4 and 6, may attempt to block RISC OS Open Ltd from releasing a RiscPC-compatible ROM built from the RISC OS 5 Shared Source project, drobe.co.uk has learned.
     131 comments, latest by Stoppers on 20/5/09 5:58PM. Published: 10 Dec 2008

  • Using ROL's 4.02 ROM image in Linux RPCEmu
    Test driving a virtually free package on a very open road
     11 comments, latest by hzn on 13/1/09 5:27PM. Published: 14 Dec 2008

  • Five tips for ROL over the next five years
    Opinion - Drobe man Paul Stewart offers a few suggestions to RISCOS Ltd to ensure the company and its platform survives over the coming years.
     188 comments, latest by druck on 27/8/09 12:39AM. Published: 10 May 2009

  • Wakefield 2008 show photos
    Images taken from weekend's event
     58 comments, latest by Anon on 9/1/09 11:49AM. Published: 28 Apr 2008

  • Wakefield 2009 wrap-up, photos and video
    The weekend's RISC OS event has been and gone and we've got the rest of our lives to look forward to. Here's a round-up of extra news and Drobe's show-related coverage and some photos taken from Wakefield 2009 - plus a video from the show floor.
     16 comments, latest by AW on 29/4/09 7:41PM. Published: 27 Apr 2009

  • RISC OS 6 in pictures
    Drobe writer Paul Stewart presents an illustrated round-up of his favourite features new to the RISC OS 6 desktop.
     20 comments, latest by sa110 on 23/7/09 10:29PM. Published: 18 Apr 2009

  • RISC OS 5 pictured running on ARM Cortex-A8 kit
    Picture exclusive - This grainy photograph shows a port of RISC OS 5, sourced from the RISC OS Open project, running on a Beagleboard - a device powered by a 600MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor with a built-in graphics chip. The port, developed by Jeffrey Lee with help from Uwe Kall and ROOL staff, is seen as a major breakthrough for the shared-source project as it proves the OS can be ported to new hardware without the need for a large team of engineers.
     75 comments, latest by rjek on 30/4/09 3:15PM. Published: 25 Apr 2009

  • South West 2009 show report
    Martin Hansen describes his time as both a punter and an exhibitor at this year's annual RISC OS event held in the south west of the UK. While there were no major announcements ahead of the show, the otherwise friendly and mildly busy atmosphere was coloured by Friday's tragic loss of Paul Vigay.
     3 comments, latest by mosschoppers on 1/3/09 8:15PM. Published: 23 Feb 2009

  • First screenshot: Beagleboard runs RISC OS 5 desktop
    Picture exclusive - This is the first screenshot of Jeffrey Lee's port of RISC OS 5 for the ARM Cortex-A8-powered Beagleboard reaching the familiar ROS desktop and running several built-in applications. The port was produced using source code made available by the RISC OS Open initiative.
     250 comments, latest by rjek on 5/6/09 5:01PM. Published: 10 May 2009

  • RISC OS Open seeks rep for Acorn World event
    RISC OS Open has appealed for someone familiar with shared source RISC OS 5 to give a speech about the project at this year's Acorn World show. ROOL chief Steve Revill said: "This is an exciting opportunity for us to talk to people who may not be regulars on the RISC OS show scene about the shared source project and all of the interesting community developments that have come out of it. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, we here at ROOL find ourselves unable to attend. We are frustrated by this development but rather than pull out completely, we would like to invite one or more enthusiastic members of the community to go along and represent us."
     7 comments, latest by Hairy on 1/9/09 11:07PM. Published: 30 Aug 2009

  • Something positive to take from the OS 5 ROM licensing saga
    Public show of affection among ROL and ROOL staff
     14 comments, latest by druck on 17/12/08 3:15PM. Published: 14 Dec 2008

  • ARM-powered computer firm in RISC OS port talks
    US-based company Genesi, which builds ARM Cortex-powered appliances that could be compatible with the RISC OS Open Beagleboard work, is said to be in talks with RISC OS companies over a possible port of the OS to its products. It's hoped ROS 5 could be made to run on the lightweight EFIKA MX Open Client, which sports a 800MHz Cortex-A8 processor, 3D graphics hardware, 512M RAM, wifi networking and more. Genesi analyst Matt Sealey said: "RISC OS is really popular in the UK and the last dedicated RISC OS box - the Iyonix - has been discontinued for six months. We are currently questioning the relevant companies in the UK, including [ROS 5 owners] Castle, about collaboration and marketing efforts, and the support they'd need to make it a reality." The EFIKA MX Open Client costs about 160 quid in real money.
     71 comments, latest by rjek on 7/9/09 9:03PM. Published: 30 Aug 2009

  • RISC OS Open 5.14 now available for free download
    As covered over the show weekend, RISC OS Open has merged Castle's final 5.13 release of the OS (which features USB 2 support) with the ROOL shared-source OS that has benefited from contributions from third-party programmers to create an official RISC OS Open 5.14 release. It can now be downloaded for free and softloaded on Iyonixes. An experimental build, version 5.15, is also available for RiscPCs, A7000s and Iyonixes - bringing RISC OS 5 to Acorn-era hardware for the first time.
     10 comments, latest by jess on 5/5/09 9:43AM. Published: 28 Apr 2009

  • NetSurf on RISC OS faces axe
    Support for the RISC OS port of open source web browser NetSurf could be dropped as the project focuses on future development. The ROS flavour of the software hasn't been worked on for more than two years - although the browser core is being actively improved - sparking concerns by the development team. In a mailing list post today, the group appealed for a RISC OS programmer to take on the role of maintaining NetSurf for ROS. NetSurf was first developed for RISC OS desktops but later branched out to other platforms, including Linux.
     81 comments, latest by em2ac on 10/9/09 7:07AM. Published: 6 Aug 2009

  • Using shared source to brighten up the desktop
    Chris Wraight reveals how the RISC OS Window Manager is being improved by a small group of volunteers to allow users to fully customise the appearance of their desktops
     28 comments, latest by lym on 12/3/08 4:36PM. Published: 27 Feb 2008

  • RISC OS 5 spotted running on RPCEmu
    Tom Walker has been busy - the new experimental RISC OS Open 5.15 ROM for IOMD-chipset computers (RiscPCs and A7000s) can work on open source emulator RPCEmu, as this screenshot shows. Follow the development discussion here and source code changes here.
     12 comments, latest by rjek on 30/4/09 3:15PM. Published: 28 Apr 2009

  • Wakefield 2007 show report
    Didn't go to the show? Stay in the know.
     16 comments, latest by aschamberlain on 4/6/07 9:54PM. Published: 28 May 2007

  • Voting now open for the Drobe Awards 2008
    The shortlist for this year's Drobe Awards has been drawn up, the voting system dragged out of the attic and we can't wait to see who will win. Log in and vote now to recognise those who have contributed the most to the RISC OS platform this year.
     20 comments, latest by jess on 2/1/09 10:44AM. Published: 22 Dec 2008

  • RISC OS camps to discuss future development
    Cynical, us?
     30 comments, latest by druck on 30/11/07 1:11PM. Published: 27 Nov 2007

  • Click right on with RISC OS
    Martin Hansen runs through a few useful desktop tricks you may not be aware of
     16 comments, latest by Anon on 26/3/09 1:01PM. Published: 22 Mar 2008

  • Open documents from Windows-using pals with handy online tool
    It can be a pain when someone sends you a file that can only be opened on Windows, Mac OS X or Linux - but with the help of a free-to-use website and NetSurf, Paul Stewart reveals how these documents can be viewed on RISC OS.
     6 comments, latest by AW on 8/5/09 12:12AM. Published: 19 Apr 2009

  • Moving tributes to Paul Vigay flood in
    Hundreds of heartfelt tributes have been paid to popular RISC OS advocate and ISP owner Paul Vigay, who was found dead off the south coast on Friday morning. Close friends described civil liberties campaigner Paul, 44, as "kind, sincere and patient" and "an extremely clever deep-thinker".
     4 comments, latest by harmsy on 2/3/09 9:43AM. Published: 23 Feb 2009

  • NetSurf progress reviewed
    Chris Wraight takes the open source web browser on a whirl-wind tour of the modern Interweb
     15 comments, latest by tlsa on 1/3/08 12:15PM. Published: 12 Jan 2008

  • How to convince more websites to work with the RISC OS Firefox port
    Although the Firefox port for RISC OS can access far more websites than any other web browser on the platform, it's still locked out of some sites because it doesn't declare itself as Firefox to web servers. Here Paul Stewart explains how to make the port tango with more picky websites.
     16 comments, latest by sa110 on 20/2/09 5:45PM. Published: 3 Jan 2009

  • Firefox port updated to release number eight
    A new version of the RISC OS port of open source web browser Firefox was published earlier this month, making it the eighth such release. This bug-fix update brings the software in line with Firefox 2.0.0.20 for other platforms.
     19 comments, latest by DrWhich on 6/9/09 11:59AM. Published: 27 Aug 2009

  • South East 2007 show report
    News, views, gossip and photos
     35 comments, latest by Pete on 06/10/08 10:51AM. Published: 20 Oct 2007

  • ARM Cortex-A8 port of RISC OS 5: first screenshot
    An ambitious attempt to port the RISC OS Open sources to the new-fangled ARM Cortex-A8 architecture (as used in various gadgets) has produced its first promising screenshot - although there is still plenty of work to be done. However RISCOS Ltd is still grumbling about licences, claiming that a non-Iyonix ROM image from ROOL sources can't be released. Meanwhile, RISC OS Open has joined an ARM community programme to boost its profile among other developers.
     16 comments, latest by bucksboy on 4/3/09 7:38AM. Published: 23 Feb 2009

  • Acorn World show is back this September
    A two-day event - named after Acorn's annual shows during its heyday - will celebrate the history of Acorn at a conference hall in Huddersfield in September. It will feature a talk by RISC OS Open and exhibitions by Viewdata BBS, The Centre For Computing History and plenty other groups and companies.
     20 comments, latest by tomato on 29/7/09 10:48PM. Published: 24 Jul 2009

  • Should ROL concentrate on a new ARM port of the OS?
    Should RISCOS Ltd focus on porting its OS to new ARM-powered devices, such as the recently unveiled prototyped netbooks, following work on bringing the RISC OS Open flavour of the OS to the ARM Cortex-A8 platform?
     22 comments, latest by rjek on 28/3/09 8:25PM. Published: 1 Mar 2009

  • Castle and ROS Open reveal plans for 2007
    Vetoes non-ARM port, will release Javascript Browse, and more
     102 comments, latest by druck on 01/02/07 09:09AM. Published: 20 Jan 2007

  • Drobe Awards 2008: The results
    As the last few hours of 2008 slip away forever, it's time to recognise those who gave the most to the RISC OS platform over the past 12 months.
     9 comments, latest by JohnR on 2/1/09 11:03PM. Published: 31 Dec 2008

  • NetSurf reaches version 2.0
    The latest milestone release of the open source web browser for RISC OS, Linux, AmigaOS and other platforms is now available for download. After almost two years of work by volunteer programmers, the team have announced a new HTML parser, SVG support, PDF export, improved page layout and a more complete GTK interface - full details here. Also: a new version of Tinct, a module used by NS for displaying images on RISC OS, is also available for download. Among other updates, Tinct now supports RISC OS 6's new 64K-colour screen modes.
     6 comments, latest by bhtooefr on 29/4/09 4:12AM. Published: 28 Apr 2009

  • Review: A9home v. Koolu
    Clash of the tiniest
     31 comments, latest by polas on 18/10/07 6:03PM. Published: 15 Oct 2007

  • South East 2008 theatre talk videos now online
    Didn't make to the South East 2008 show in Guildford this year? Not to worry, because on top of the usual Drobe coverage, you can now watch videos of the presentations made by RISC OS Open and RISC OS Ltd staff at the event. Recorded live at the show, the videos, in which products and projects are talked up by developers to punters, also include question and answer sessions from the floor.
     13 comments, latest by rjek on 9/12/08 12:02PM. Published: 24 Nov 2008

  • South East 2008 show round up
    News from the event in the south of the UK
     42 comments, latest by diomus on 9/11/08 8:45PM. Published: 19 Oct 2008

  • South East 2008 show photos
    If a picture tells a thousand words, here's a short story
     8 comments, latest by hzn on 22/10/08 10:03AM. Published: 20 Oct 2008

  • Nominations open for the Drobe Awards 2008
    Tell us who's made your year in the RISC OS world
     6 comments, latest by chriswhy on 18/12/08 6:28PM. Published: 16 Dec 2008

  • USB in latest RISC OS 5 source release
    Third batch of code available from ROOL and CTL
     3 comments, latest by hzn on 29/2/08 11:17AM. Published: 22 Feb 2008

  • Ditching desktops for portables: The way forward?
    Donning a flame-proof suit, Garry Taylor suggests the RISC OS platform swaps desks for palms to secure its future
     48 comments, latest by druck on 18/02/08 8:24PM. Published: 4 Jan 2008

  • RISC OS South West 2009 show confirmed
    RISCOS Ltd has this evening revealed it will hold a show at the Webbington Hotel, Somerset, in the south west of the UK on Saturday, February 21, next year. The event will be open from 10am to 3.30pm and include a number of presentations by companies and organisations. Admission will be free. To book a stand, contact ROL's Paul Middleton on 02920 619942 or by email.
     3 comments, latest by martin on 27/11/08 8:23PM. Published: 26 Nov 2008

  • Prototype affordable Braille display in development
    A low-cost computer-controlled Braille board has been prototyped by a RISC OS-using university student. Undergraduate Edward Rogers hopes to sell his completed units for as little as 200 quid each to schools and families to allow more blind children to continue learning Braille. And he said he wanted to launch his venture using RISC OS-powered kit before offering a package for other platforms.
     10 comments, latest by epokh on 27/6/09 12:49PM. Published: 22 Nov 2008

  • Experimental RISC OS emulation layer for ARM-powered devices
    Programmer David Given has started work on a miniature reimplementation of the RISC OS kernel and plugged an ARM emulator into it to allow simple RISC OS programs to run on Unix-like operating systems. His work includes modules taken from the RISC OS Open sources. Meanwhile, another coder has spoken of writing a similar emulation layer for Intel-powered PCs - although he wouldn't be the first to attempt such a project.
     10 comments, latest by lym on 25/11/08 11:15AM. Published: 23 Nov 2008

  • RISC OS Open: One year on
    As ROOL celebrates its first birthday, Martin Hansen studies the project's past and looks to the future
     38 comments, latest by Peter on 01/08/07 09:42AM. Published: 21 Jul 2007

  • Best of 2006 awards voting now open
    Who's hot and who's not this year?
     19 comments, latest by davidb on 19/12/06 10:19PM. Published: 17 Dec 2006

  • NetSurf 2.0 release pencilled for April 2009
    The team behind the open source browser for RISC OS, Linux, AmigaOS, BeOS and other platforms start aiming for a version 2.0 release of NetSurf in time for next year's Wakefield RISC OS show. The top priority will be bug fixing and no new features will be added after mid_February to allow the programmers time to thoroughly test the software prior to the unveiling of NS 2.0.
     6 comments, latest by ninja on 12/12/08 1:10AM. Published: 10 Dec 2008

  • ROX founder: Why I brought RISC OS to Unix
    Making Linux easy to use, advice for ROL and CTL, and more
     29 comments, latest by nodoubt73 on 4/8/07 7:19AM. Published: 25 Jul 2007

  • A call to ARMs
    Andrew Weston wonders how many brave developers RISC OS has left
     31 comments, latest by tlsa on 01/03/08 12:17AM. Published: 28 Jan 2008

  • New release of RISC OS Firefox available
    Tough bugs bite the dust in new version
     16 comments, latest by jlavallin on 2/3/08 6:41PM. Published: 22 Feb 2008


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