Wikipedia:WikiProject RISC OS

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WikiProject RISC OS
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Welcome to WikiProject RISC OS. A number of Wikipedians have formed this collaboration resource and group dedicated to improving Wikipedia's coverage of RISC OS and the organization of information and articles on this topic. This page and its subpages contain their suggestions and various resources; it is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians interested in the topic. If you would like to help, please join the project, enquire on the talk page and see the to-do list below.


  • Create new articles on notable RISC OS related topics.
  • Spread awareness of RISC OS, in a respectful and realistic manner, to other Wikipedians.


  • Within the English Wikipedia, all articles relating to RISC OS capable hardware, the OS itself, OS components, RISC OS software and games, companies and individuals that provided hardware/software for the platform. Note: Where appropriate, please follow the guidance for biographies of living persons.
  • Through collaboration with speakers of other languages, include information sharing with other Wikipedias, perhaps by requesting translations of articles of an acceptable quality:
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  • Projet:Informatique, Projet:Traduction (e.g. Discussion:An Open Letter to Hobbyists/Traduction)


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Participant list
  1. Egel (talk · contribs)— (Acorn Hardware) 12:33, 10 February 2012 (UTC)
  2. filecore (talk · contribs)—(On the off-chance that I have something to contribute. You never know.) 11:02, 19 April 2011 (UTC)
  3. Flibble (talk · contribs)— 16:53, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
  4. Sedm0784 (talk · contribs)— 10:52, 25 July 2011 (UTC)
  5. Trevj (talk · contribs)—(references, style, refs from The Micro User printed mag, current usage) 17:12, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
  6. VinceHudd (talk · contribs)— 13:59, 28 March 2011 (UTC)
  7. Zakkrr (talk · contribs)—(I am interested in working on ideas, talks, pictures. I collect Acorns. Running Acorn Archimedes Facebook page) 10:29, 15 March 2011
  8. Bernardboase (talk · contribs)—(I summarise online forum for Archive magazine; wide interests) 01:06, 7 October 2011 (UTC)
  9. REH11 (talk · contribs)—(It's complicated) 15:08, 14 February 2012 (UTC)


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High Hardware platforms, Key Companies, Key OS Components
Mid Key Software and Games, People, Publications, Other Companies, Other OS Components
Low Other Software, Games, People and Publications

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You have no idea how difficult this sodding table was to setup :D--Flibble (talk) 18:45, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

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Article (+ links) riscos-importance Reason(s) for notability Ref links
MicroDigital Mico (e|t|h|li|w|lo) High Defunct hardware [1]
MicroDigital Medi (e|t|h|li|w|lo) High Defunct hardware, A7000+ mobo in diff case, possibly add to A7000 page
RiscStation R7500 (e|t|h|li|w|lo) High Defunct hardware [2] AU Christmas 1999, pgs.18-22
Acorn PC card (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Mid Currently redirects to RiscPC. Notable hardware
Advantage Six A75 (e|t|h|li|w|lo) High 'embedded' ARM7500 based system
TBA Software (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Mid Company of historic (and renewed) interest [3]
Ovation (RISC OS software) (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Mid Key Software
Simtec Electronics (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Mid Other Company (actual designer of A9home)
3QD Developments (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Mid Key company (range of emulator products, large amount of current RO userbase)
Advantage Six (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Mid Other Company, Stuart Tyrrell Developments, developer/retailer(?) of A9home
NetChannel (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Mid (Defunct) branded Acorn Network Computer
ANT (company) (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Mid Internet suite and important help in fulfilling NC contract with Oracle [4][5]
Icon Technology (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Mid (Defunct) Notable software [6]
Acorn Replay (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Mid Notable software, cf. Sophie Wilson's paper "Acorn Replay - Software only Full Motion Video from CD-ROM" in "Multimedia Technologies and Future Applications: Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium, Southampton, 21-23 April 1993" [7]
Fednet (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Low Company of historic interest
RiscStation (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Low Company of historic interest, developer of RiscStation R7500 AU Christmas 1999, pgs.18-22
Millipede (company) (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Mid (Defunct) developer of Millipede Imago
Neil Raine (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Low Author of Acornsoft Planetoid and Magic Mushrooms, co-author of the Font Manager, Window Manager, Iota's DataPower, tragically killed in a hang-gliding accident in Spain in 2006 [8], [9], [10]
Archive (magazine) (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Mid Non-defunct magazine
Eureka (computer magazine) (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Low Defunct magazine, magazine of The ARM Club [11]
RISC User (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Low Defunct magazine
Foundation RISC User (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Low Defunct magazine, successor to RISC User? Merged with RISCWorld in June 2008. [12]
Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Low Prominent user group, organiser of the Wakefield Acorn Computer Show
Wakefield Acorn Computer Show (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Mid Longstanding annual trade show, previously received sponsorship from Acorn Computers and Acorn User [13]
Iota Software (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Low Defunct software company [14]
Eesox (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Low Defunct software company [15]
Logotron (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Low Defunct software company [16]
APDL (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Low Apparently "first independent Public Domain and Shareware library for the Acorn Archimedes computer" [17]
Virtualise (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Low Commercial virtual memory manager for RiscPC generation hardware [18]
RPCEmu (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Mid Freeware emulator of RiscPC, included on ROOL USB stick [19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33][34][35][36][37][38][39][40][41][42][43][44][45][46][47][48][49][50][51][52]
Orpheus Internet Services (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Low ISP, owner of ArgoNet
Joe Dunn (computing industry) (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Mid Wrote BBC Micro file server (Econet?), worked on Arthur, since notable for positions at Macromedia, Adobe Systems, recently e23 Games [53][54]
Hugo Fiennes (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Low Own Acorn stuff before studying and then being headhunted by Apple, also Empeg Car [55][56][57][58][59][60][61][62][63][64]
Impression (software) (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Med Key software [65][66]
ArcFS (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Med Key software [67]
Zap (software) (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Med Key software [68]
StrongHelp (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Med Key software [69]
Uniqueway (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Med Company of historic note, involvement with ARPlayer codec, RISC DISCs, connection to RISCOS Ltd
Voyager (software) (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Med Key software [70]
R-Comp (e|t|h|li|w|lo) High Key publisher/dealer, selling VirtualAcorn products and publisher of RISC OS software
CJE micro's (e|t|h|li|w|lo) High Key publisher/dealer
The Serial Port (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Low Key publisher (historical)
EasiWriter (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Med Key software AU Jul 1991, pgs. 104-105
Norwich Computer Services (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Med Key publisher/dealer (defunct), founder of Archive
i-cubed (e|t|h|li|w|lo) Med Designer of ethernet products (defunct) [71]
ARMini (e|t|h|li|w|lo) High Most recent commercially available 'out of the box' hardware, based on the

BeagleBoard-xM. See talk.

BiK (e|t|h|li|w|lo) High A4com, Beagleboard in a box, near identical to ARMini. See talk.
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The following resource tools may be helpful.

  • Documents at courtesy of Chris Whytehead
  • The PCW index 1978-June 1989
  • RISCWorld articles index
  • Educational software reviews (from EC&T magazine as far as I can tell... can anyone confirm this?)
  • Machine TRMs

  • For UK residents signing up at Manchester Library online gives you free access to the online archives of the Times, The Guardian and The Observer, with many articles about Acorn throughout their history.--Flibble (talk) 15:17, 5 January 2012 (UTC)


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