In today’s increasingly digital world, learning to code has become an integral part of STEM curriculums. Schools are using Raspberry Pi and other ARM-based hardware as a low-cost means of introducing students to coding.Following the recent news that RISC OS, the original ARM operating system, is going open source, TechRadar Pro sat down with the Director of RISC OS Developments, Richard Brown to learn more about how the operating system is being used in schools and other hardware projects.
Can you tell us a little about RISC OS and how long you have been using it for?
I personally have been using RISC OS since version 3 on an A5000 system. It was the first operating system I had used with a graphical interface and it very naturally felt right as you used it. The process of learning the system was incredibly easy and even after a few hours you began to realise just how much you could do. The A5000 system with the then standard set of software, enabled the user to produce output with superfluous ease.
What prompted the move to open source?
Do you think it will lead to more people using RISC OS?
Do you see more device makers opting to use your OS now that it is open source?
In your press release you mentioned the fact that BBC BASIC is being taught in UK schools, is there a lot of interest in your OS in the education sector?
What opportunities can you now pursue that were previously inaccessible due to license restrictions?
Could native ARM-based laptops be the future of mobile computing?
Where do you see RISC OS going next now that it is open source?