Founded in July 2011, the RISC OS Blog was setup to fill a void for RISC OS news, show reports and general articles left open by the closure of Drobe and the slow downfall in activity on The Icon Bar. Since then, the blog has developed enormously, it’s now fully hosted on its own server rather than being hosted through an external blog provider like it originally was.
The blog has since moved away from posting exclusively covering news, as it’s already covered well by RISC OS news site RISCOSitory as well as the ever-alive comp.sys.acorn.announce newsgroup. The RISC OS Blog now focuses on articles that are more opinion and feature based rather than just reporting news. I have however setup a rolling reel of links to news articles by other RISC OS news websites – which can be accessed on the Newsfeed section of the site.
The blog is currently maintained and run by Sion Cleaver, but contributions are always welcome. Regular posters can be given a login to post directly to the site if desired.
About the Author
Sion set the site up in 2011, but has been using RISC OS since an early age. My earliest memory of using RISC OS was playing Flashback on an Acorn A310 at the age of 5 or 6. I began getting actively involved in the RISC OS scene at the age of 13 or so, attending a few RISC OS shows – mainly the South West Show, which is the nearest regular show to Wales!
These days I’m a Cyber Security analyst for a national ISP – which mainly involves me tinkering about with Unix/Linux systems and scripting using Bash and Python. Away from work, I use FreeBSD as my primary operating system and my RISC OS setup is a Raspberry Pi 2, which is mainly used for checking emails using Messenger Pro and accessing systems remotely using Nettle.
About the website
The website is hosted on a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL & PHP) stack running on a Debian virtual private server (VPS). The site’s domain name and email server has been kindly donated by the ever-helpful chaps over at GigaTux – who are RISC OS friendly by the way!
The blog itself runs on WordPress, which seems to work reasonably well with most modern RISC OS web browsers. If you have any suggestions for a CMS solution that displays better on RISC OS browsers then by all means drop me a line.
Advertising space is available free of charge for any RISC OS enterprise, be it free or commercial. Donations to cover server costs are always welcome, but are not mandatory. Get in touch if you’d like to advertise on the blog.
The RISC OS Blog are looking for a few willing volunteers to contribute to the site. Any work is appreciated, no matter how small or large, regular or irregular. Get in touch if you’d like to get involved!
Need to get in touch?
Press releases, software submissions for review, articles to be published on the site etc. are always welcome.