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Last Update: 2019-12-03 23:52 UTC

RISC OS is a computer operating system originally designed by Acorn Computers Ltd in Cambridge, England in 1987. RISC OS was specifically designed to run on the ARM chipset, which Acorn had designed concurrently for use in its new line of Archimedes personal computers. It takes its name from the RISC (reduced instruction set computing) architecture supported. Fast, compact and efficient, RISC OS is developed and tested by a loyal community of developers and users. RISC OS is not a version of Linux, nor is it in any way related to Windows, and it has a number of unique features and aspects to its design.

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Average visitor rating: 9/10 from 5 review(s).

RISC OS Summary
Distribution RISC OS Open
Home Page https://www.riscosopen.org/
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User Forums https://www.riscosopen.org/forum/
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Documentation https://www.riscosopen.org/wiki/
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Download Mirrors https://www.riscosopen.org/content/downloads
Bug Tracker https://www.riscosopen.org/tracker/
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Feature 5.24
Release Date 2018-04-23
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 100-200
Free Download IMG
Installation --
Default Desktop Pinboard
Package Management  
Release Model Fixed
Office Suite --
Processor Architecture armv6hl, armv7
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Asian Language Support  
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Version: 5.24
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-06-10
Votes: 3

I have been using RISC OS for about 31 years, and it is still better suited to my use than any other OS that I have used. The best font rendering of any OS, true drag and drop (not the fake nock offs of win/mac/x) that is truely pervasive, easy and intuitive GUI (called WIMP for Windows, Icons, Menus, and Pointer), and easy to write programs for.

On the pros:
-RISC OS is reasonable written, taking little memory/CPU time to do its tasks. With large parts still written in ARM Assembly Language.
-RISC OS is logical enough for a person to be able to understand completely in every detail.
-RISC OS has applications for graphics, video editing, and similar feilds beyond the abilities of others still to this day.
-RISC OS is very intuitive and makes being productive very easy.
-BBC BASIC V (AKA ARM BASIC) is part of the OS, including the inbuilt assembler.
-It is actually reasonable to watch streaming video (like Youtube) on RISC OS, with out the slow down you get on other OS's.
-Applications generally do not waste memory or CPU time for no reason.

On the Cons:
-There is not yet very good support for SMP, HW Graphics Acceleration, or 802.11 WiFi networking.
-Above is the only con I know of.

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Version: 5.24
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-11-08
Votes: 6

A very lightweight OS suitable for older hardware. Hopefully it can be modernized with a good HTML5 supporting web browser, which would make it a great daily driver for the Raspberry Pi.

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Version: 5.24
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-05-31
Votes: 5

A wonderful and easy to use Operating System that is very responsive on my Raspberry PI 3. It's a shame that it lacks some of the more sophisticated tools and software that Linux and Windows users are used to though. Hopefully this will be rectified at some point.

Well worth trying out if you have never used it before.

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