Part 1: Casting your votes

You now have the opportunity to vote in the RISC OS Awards for 2017.

While the poll is nominally for 2017, the period covered is the fourteen months from November 2016 until December 2017, inclusive. This year, the approach taken for the poll is the same as last year, as follows:

For most of the categories there are from three to six initial suggestions along with a short text entry field. You can therefore either choose one of the options as presented, by selecting the relevant one, or you can use the text field to vote for something else - to do this, just select the 'alternative option' and enter your choice in the text field.

This means that if you feel that something other than one of the items suggested deserves a vote, you can vote for it. All you need to do is select the 'alternative option' and enter what you are voting for in the text field.

The text field can also be used to offer an additional comment or observation if you so wish - if the 'alternative option' is not ticked, anything in the text field will be treated as a comment.

Although the options on the form will not change, while the form is open the alternative suggestions will be periodically reviewed, and - depending on their number - some may be highlighted in posts on RISCOSitory, and on the @RISCOSitory Twitter feed to serve as ideas for others.

All of the categories also have a "No opinion" option, which is selected by default - if you feel that you have no way to form an opinion in any given category, you can leave this option selected rather than be forced to vote for something.

The one exception, is the 'Best overall contributor' category, for which no suggestions have been made. For this category, there is only the text field. You can use this to vote for whoever, or whichever company, you feel deserves recognition for their overal contribution to the RISC OS platform. If you don't want to vote for anyone in this category, simply leave the field blank.

Best commercial software


No opinion
Font Directory Pro - Elesar Ltd (for LOOKsystems)
AMCOG Development Kit - AMCOG Games
Artworks2 - MW Software
NetFetch5 - R-Comp
Impact - Sine Nomine
ePic - RISC OS Open Ltd
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best non commercial software


No opinion
DplngScan - Chris Johnson (originally from David Pilling)
RDSP - AMCOG
PrivateEye - David Thomas
Otter Browser - Ported to RISC OS by Chris Gransden
MiniTime - Fred Graute
VNC Server - Jeffrey Lee (and others previously)
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best game or diversion


No opinion
Equinox - Jason Tibbeck
ScummVM - Ported to RISC OS by Cameron Cawley
Doom Trilogy - R-Comp
Manga - Rick Murray
SpaceShip - Patrick M
Protector - AMCOG Games
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best hardware


No opinion
Wispy - RISCOsbits
PiFi v2 - R-Comp
S&P HAT - Elesar Ltd
RaspberryRO Lite - CJE Micro's
Micro One - Ident Computer
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best solution for backwards compatibility


No opinion
ADFFS - Jon Abbott
Aemulor - Adrian Lees and spellings.net
ArcEm - Various
ArchiEmu - Jan de Boer
RPCEmu - Matthew and Peter Howkins
VirtualRiscPC - 4QD / VirtualAcorn
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best new development


No opinion
Experimental multi-core support - Jeffrey Lee
Partition support for ARMX6 - RISC OS Open Ltd
Support for 4K sectors, meaning larger hard drive sizes - Elesar Ltd
The formation of RISC OS Developments Ltd, its successful fundraising efforts, and the release of the OBrowser front-end for Otter - Richard Brown and Andrew Rawnsley
RPCEmu now using the Qt library, which paved the way for its port to RISC OS - the RPCEmu developers, and all others involved.
Linux port of RISC OS - Timothy Baldwin
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best show of initiative


No opinion
For launching a BASIC programming initiative with the BASIC components of DDE27 up for grabs - David Feugey / RISC OS FR
For teaming up to keep products available following a website hijacking - Elesar Ltd and Piccolo Systems
For making available updated versions of Schema 2 and WimpBasic - Christopher Bazley
For making Aemulor free to download for all platforms - Adrian Lees and spellings.net
For developing RDSP to improve the sound capabilities of RISC OS - Tony Bartram
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best website or online resource


No opinion
Archive-online
Acorn News Service
RISC OS Open website and forum
RISC OS Packaging Project and repositories
PlingStore
The Icon Bar
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best publication or offline resource


No opinion
Archive Magazine
Drag 'n Drop Magazine
GAG News
Updated BBC BASIC Manual
French issue of Frobnicate magazine
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best foreign language resource


No opinion
Arcsite.de
Big Ben Club website
RISCOS.fr
Steffen Huber's blog
GAG News
French issue of Frobnicate magazine
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best show or event

Please note that for this category, only shows have been suggested. If you wish to vote for a memorable user group meeting, please use the alternative option and text box.
No opinion
Acorn World Exhibition
London Show
Recursion
RISC OS eXperience
Southwest Show
Wakefield
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:

Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Most innovative or interesting project


No opinion
Resurrecting and updating Jan Vibe's graphics programs - Richard Ashbery
HomeCtrl - a graphical user interface for home automation systems - Thomas Milius
Linux port of RISC OS - Timothy Baldwin
The 'biggest RISC OS portable' - Raik
The 'smallest RISC OS portable' - Chris Hall
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best overall contributor

There are no suggestions for this category. Instead, it is up to you to choose a person or company you think deserves recognition for their contribution to RISC OS and the community.

Your nomination

Broken cog of the year


No opinion
Vince Hudd - For being so far behind with everything, especially this poll!
RISC OS Open Ltd - For the not-so-epic ePic announcement and launch - a nice (and sensible) update to their product line, but not worthy of the way it was hyped up before the show at which it was launched.
RISC OS Open Ltd - For 'forgetting' about DDE28, resulting in it not being publicised enough
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Part 2: Filling in the survey

An annual survey can help form a picture of the RISC OS landscape, for example allowing developers to see what platforms are in use and to decide, therefore, what support to provide for them in their software. Combining that survey with the annual awards vote is a logical approach.

Just as the Awards voting form above shows a "No opinion" option for every category, all of the survey questions include an "I'd rather not say" option, which is selected by default. If you want to answer some questions, but not all of them, you can do so, or you can skip straight past the survey and submit your votes for the awards poll without answering a single one of these questions.

However, the more you answer, the more helpful you are being. Hopefully, none of the questions are too intrusive, and you can rest assured that your privacy will be respected: Once the answers are counted up and the results published, all of the source data will be deleted.

1: How many RISC OS systems do you own?

This can mean both hardware and emulated systems, and can include computers you still have, but which are no longer in use.

I'd rather not say.
None
One
Two
Three
Four
Five or more

2: And of those, how many are in regular or semi-regular use?


I'd rather not say.
None
One
Two
Three
Four
Five or more
For questions 3 and 4, please answer in respect of the RISC OS computer you use the most. If you feel that you use more than one RISC OS system roughly the same amount of time each, use the one you would consider your primary machine - or, perhaps, your favourite, if that's a better way to decide.

3: Which version of RISC OS do you use most?

If your specific version isn't listed, please select the closest version below the one you use - so, for example, if you use RISC OS 3.7, please select RISC OS 3.5. Users of RISC OS Select (or Adjust) should choose RISC OS 4.2

I'd rather not say.
RISC OS 2.0
RISC OS 3.0
RISC OS 3.5
RISC OS 4.0
RISC OS 4.2
RISC OS 5.0
RISC OS 6.0

4: What is your main platform for using RISC OS?


I'd rather not say.
Raspberry Pi-based
BeagleBoard-based
PandaBoard-based
ARMX6 (including 'kit' form)
RapidO Ig (including 'kit' form)
Titanium-based
Iyonix
RiscPC
A7000/A7000+
VirtualAcorn/VirtualRPC
RPCEmu
Other

5: How long have you been a RISC OS user?


I'd rather not say.
I upgraded to it from Arthur!
I've been using it since Acorn were around.
I started using it after Acorn closed, but more than two years ago.
I'm a newbie - I've only started using it in the last couple of years!

6: Do you use RISC OS in a professional capacity in any way?


I'd rather not say.
Yes, my main job involves RISC OS.
Yes, not just RISC OS, but to a large degree.
Yes, but only to a limited degree.
No, I use RISC OS purely for pleasure.

7: Would you say your overall use of RISC OS has increased or decreased over the last year?


I'd rather not say.
It's increased a lot.
It's increased a little.
It hasn't really changed.
It's decreased a little.
It's decreased a lot.

8: How much would you say you've spent on RISC OS hardware over the last twelve months?


I'd rather not say.
£0
£1 to £50
£51 to £150
£151 to £400
£401 to £1000
More than £1000

9: How much would you say you've spent on RISC OS software over the last twelve months?


I'd rather not say.
£0
£1 to £50
£51 to £150
£151 to £400
£401 to £1000
More than £1000

10: How much do you think you'll spend on RISC OS hardware over the next twelve months?


I'd rather not say.
£0
£1 to £50
£51 to £150
£151 to £400
£401 to £1000
More than £1000

11: How much do you think you'll spend on RISC OS software over the next twelve months?


I'd rather not say.
£0
£1 to £50
£51 to £150
£151 to £400
£401 to £1000
More than £1000

12: If your spending (past or projected) is low, which of these reasons most explains why?


I'd rather not say.
N/a - my spending isn't low.
I simply don't have the money to spend.
Cash is tight, but I'm saving up to buy something in future.
Everything I have works well enough.
My reason is:

13: Do you attend your local user group meetings?


I'd rather not say.
N/a - there isn't a local group.
Yes, regularly or fairly regularly.
Only occasionally.
No, I don't go at all.

14: If not, do you know of a local group and if/when they meet up?


I'd rather not say.
N/a - as stated above, I do attend.
Yes, but it isn't for me.
Yes, but it isn't practical for me to attend.
No, I don't know if there's a local group.
Unfortunately, there isn't a local group.

15: By choice, do you use any platforms other than RISC OS?

If you only use another platform because you must do so at your place of work, or you must do so to perform a necessary task for which RISC OS is unsuitable, please answer "No" to this question.

However, if you use another platform in either a professional or personal capacity through your own personal choice, then please answer "Yes" - unless, of course, you'd rather not say.


I'd rather not say (please move on to question 20)
Yes
No (please move on to question 20)

16: Which of these other platforms do you use as well as RISC OS?


I'd rather not say.
Windows
MacOS
Linux-based (excluding Android etc)
Android
iOS
ChromeOS
Other
Most people these days use a number of different platforms, so you may have ticked more than one of those above. If this applies to you, please consider which one you use most of all for the next few questions. If you feel you use more than one equally, please choose one of them for the purposes of these questions.

17: If so, which other operating system do you use most?


I'd rather not say.
Windows
MacOS
Linux-based (excluding Android etc)
Android
iOS
ChromeOS
Other

18: On what processor do you use that operating system?


I'd rather not say.
ARM
Intel/AMD
Other

19: And do you use it more or less than RISC OS?


I'd rather not say.
More
About the same
It varies
Less

20: In which age range do you fall?


I'd rather not say.
Under 20
20 to 29
30 to 39
40 to 49
50 to 59
60 or over

21: Are you male or female?


I'd rather not say.
Male
Female
Other

Part 3: Submitting your vote/survey answers

Your votes will be submitted when you click the button below.

No cookies will be placed on your computer as a means to prevent multiple votes from a single machine. This is in case of households in which more than one person uses RISC OS on a single computer - and/or who may be voting from a single computer - so that everyone can vote.

Instead, you are asked to submit your email address. This will be used in conjunction with your IP address to help identify and avoid duplicate votes. You do not have to provide an email address but, if you don't, should multiple votes be identified from your IP address, only the last one will be used. (This also means that you can change your vote simply by voting again.)

If you do provide your email address, it will be deleted along with all the other source data once the votes and survey questions are counted up and the results published.

Your email address: