What is RISC OS?
Reduced Instruction Set Computer Operating System is the operating system developed by Acorn for its Archimedes
personal computers and their successors. RISC OS is now owned and developed by RISC OS
Limited, 3 Clarendon Road, Cyncoed, CARDIFF CF23 9JD. RISC OS version 5 has been developed by Castle Technology
Limited for the IYONIX PC.
Why do I use a RISC OS computer?
- The best and most user-friendly GUI bar none.
- OS in ROM - fast startup, can't be corrupted by viruses.
- StrongARM RISC processor - low power consumption.
- Emulators available for MS Windows, MacOS X and Linux.
- Well though-out architecture.
- Ergonomic three-button mouse.
- Fast, efficient software - economical with disc space and RAM.
- Anti-aliased outline fonts.
- Immune to all Windows and Microsoft Office viruses and worms.
- Starts up clean every time (according to desktop boot file).
- Handles GMT and BST correctly.
- Helpful software developers and vendors.
- Excellent applications like TechWriter, Artworks, Photodesk and Ovation Pro.
- Lots of freeware, shareware and PD software.
- Low cost of ownership - upgrade every 10 years, not every 18 months.
- Software compatibility - even 1980s BBC Micro programs can be run.
- BBC Basic with built-in assembler.
- Uses file type - no need for filename extensions.
- Files stay in the right order in the filer window.
- No rebuilding desktop file.
- No need to defragment the hard drive regularly.
- No irritating paper clips.
- No "Do you want to save the changes you have made?" when you haven't made any.
- No "Saving your personal settings".
- No "My this", "My that", "My the other".
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Links Checked 25th November 2009
Last updated 31st January, 2011