Part 1: Casting your votes

You now have the opportunity to vote in the RISC OS Awards for 2018.

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.

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 there is not a list of options. 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
FamTree - Chris Hall
NetFetch 5 and Messenger Pro 8 - R-Comp
Prophet - Elesar Ltd (for Apricote / Accountz)
RiscOSM - Sine Nomine
Organizer - North One Communications
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
RDSP - AMCOG
Uptime - Chris Mahoney
Tamarc - Fred Graute
TextSeek - Harriet Bazley
USB joystick driver - Richard Walker
MapView - Thomas Milius
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
Island of the Undead - AMCOG
Super Methane Brothers - Cameron Crawley (update)
Dickie Brickie - Jeroen Vermeulen
Manic Miner - Latest update by Rob Sprowson
Quake Resurrection - R-Comp
Koi-koi - Rick Murray
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best hardware


No opinion
Ident CE - Ident Computer
Raspberry Pi 3B+ - Raspberry Pi Foundation
Wispy CE - RISCOSbits / Ident Computer
RaspberryRO Lite - CJE Micro’s
mini.m - R-Comp
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
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
Work on a port to the ASUS Tinker board that has led to laptop development work - Michael Grunditz
Graphics acceleration on ARMX6 - Adrian Lees and R-Comp
RISC OS 5 being fully open sourced under the Apache licence - RISC OS Developments Ltd
A new (test) build of AcornSSL with more up to date security - RISC OS Open Ltd
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 including the new user guide with new Titanium purchases - Elesar Ltd
For buying Castle, and with it RISC OS - RISC OS Developments Ltd
For announcing a new, more easily accessible venue for Southwest 2019 - R-Comp and Orpheus Internet
For combining forces rather than compete - RISCOSbits and Ident Computer
For a series of announcements to end the year, including a new programming contest - David Feugey / RISC OS FR
For stepping in with a solution to the controversial Adjust-click on the Switcher icon issue - Fred Graute
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
The Stardot forum
Tim Hill's HTML to RISC OS colour conversion tool
Archive-online
Acorn News Service
RISC OS Open website and forum
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
RISC OS 5 User Guide - RISC OS Open Ltd
Archive Magazine - Glastonbury Press
Drag 'n Drop Magazine - Christopher Dewhurst
GAG News - Herbert zur Nedden and the German Archimedes Group
Frobnicate (all issues of which are now online) - Rick Murray
The WROCC - The Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club
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
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 Computer Science Fair
RISC OS eXperience
Southwest Show
Wakefield Show
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
For his various LED / Pi projects - Andrew Conroy
For updating Jan Vibe's graphics programs to run on the Pi - Richard Ashbery
For the possible native RISC OS laptop revealed at the London Show - R-Comp and Michael Grunditz
For starting work on a movie editing tool for the platform - Raik Fischer
For a debugging tool from an unexpected source - Pablo Fuentes / University of Cantabria
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 decide which individual (or company) most deserves recognition for their contribution to RISC OS. You might choose Jeffrey Lee, for example, because without his efforts we might not be where we are today. Another possibility is Michael Grunditz, who is not only working on the laptop that R-Comp are looking to bring to the RISC OS market, but has also been doing browser work for RISC OS Developments. And speaking of RISC OS Developments, there is a case for the work they've done as a company to hopefully secure a better future for RISC OS itself.

Your nomination

Broken cog of the year


No opinion
R-Comp - For their GDPR notice (see the !ReadMe in the linked post for why)
Archive Magazine - For its publishing schedule
Vince Hudd - For being so far behind with everything, especially this poll! (AGAIN)
CJE Micro's - For not attending the Southwest Show
Andrew Conroy - For trying to hide behind a piece of paper when I was taking photographs at Wakefield
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 spent 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: