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.
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.
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.
Is extremely lightweight
Is fun to play around with if you are bored
Does not take up much space on disk (download for rpi is 119MB)
The new release makes it more stable than it used to be, and detects different monitors much better
Only works on specific pieces of hardware
Lacking a good web browser (netsurf tries its best, but still needs a bit of work)
Lacking other good software like media players, office apps and IDEs (unixlib is somewhat of a workaround, but is extremely unstable and slow)
No real reason to use it other than hoobyist purposes, but even then a linux distro would work better
If you have a spare SD card, raspberry PI and some time to kill, you might find some enjoyment out of this operating system, but that's about as much as you'll get out of it, using it in a professional sense is straight up impossible.
Have used RISC OS for about two years now, didn't grow up with it so not blinded by nostalgia
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