Part 1: Casting your votes

You now have the opportunity to vote in the RISC OS Awards for 2020.

While the poll is nominally for 2020, the period covered is the fourteen months from November 2019 until December 2020, 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 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.

There is usually one exception to this format - 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.

This year there is a second exception that also uses that format - the 'Best Show or Event' category. This category usually has the main shows of the year listed, and the 'alternative option' can be used to offer up a notable user group meeting instead. However, as a result of the pandemic and lockdowns, there has only been one physical show (Southwest 2020), and one normal show moved online (London 2020) - but user group meetings have also migrated online and become more widely attended than previously, and some particularly notable meetings have taken place. This year, therefore, leaving this category as a text entry, allowing you to choose from any of the events you've attended is the most sensible approach.

Best commercial software


No opinion
Fireworkz Pro - R-Comp
RiscOSM - Sine Nomine
Organizer - North One Communications
TextEase Studio - Elesar Ltd
CDVDBurn - hubersn Software
DeskWatcher - Thomas Milius
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
KPDFUtil - Kevin Wells
Launcher - Steve Fryatt
AppUtils - Steve Drain
DplngScan - Chris Johnson (David Pilling)
KinoAmp - André Timmermans
MIDIUSB - Dave Higton and Rick Murray
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
SCUBA Hunter - AMCOG Games
Virus - Richard Murray
Quizzics - Gareth Lock
ScummVM - Cameron Cawley (port to RISC OS)
Stargate - Terry Swanborough
Gorillas - David Williams
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best internet or network connectivity software


No opinion
Messenger Pro - R-Comp
Pluto - Martin Avison and Rob Sprowson (Originally Jonathan Duddington)
NetSurf - The NetSurf developers
Chatcube - RISC OS Cloverleaf
Sargasso - Chris Gransden (James Bursa)
FTPc - Colin Granville
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best development tool


No opinion
Desktop Development Environment 30 - RISC OS Open Ltd
Gnu Compiler Collection (GCC) - GCCSDK developers
WinED - Steve Fryatt
Python - Chris Johns
RiscLua - Gavin Wraith
Git Client - Kevin Swinton
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best hardware


No opinion
Raspberry Pi 400 - Raspberry Pi Foundation
4té - R-Comp & Wi-Fi Sheep
RaspberryRO 4 - CJE Micro's
FOURtress - RISCOSbits
WiFi+RTC HAT - Elesar Ltd
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
ArchieEmu - Jan de Boer
RPCEmu - Matthew and Peter Howkins
VirtualRiscPC - 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
Youtube downloader / video launcher - Chris Gransden (Youtubedl) and Raik Fischer (YTPlay)
RISC OS Direct - RISC OS Developments with Ident/Wi-Fi Sheep
Port of Gennan deep learning/artificial neural network library - Paolo Fabio Zaino
CDVDBurn gaining Blu-Ray support - hubersn Software
RISC OS 5.28 lands, with support for the Raspberry Pi 4 - RISC OS Open Ltd and everyone who contributed
A new Pinboard - RISC OS Developments
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 Live streaming from the Southwest Show - Wi-Fi Sheep in conjunction with the show organisers
For the RISC OS Build Service - Gerph
For the RPCEmu 'easy start bundles' - Matthew and Peter Howkins
For holding a charity auction to make up for the lack of a physical show and therefore charity stand - WROCC
For hosting an online show and arranging for it to be simultaneously live-streamed on YouTube - ROUGOL
For opting to work on a new TCP/IP stack without staking a claim on the relevant bounty - unspecified, but courtesy of RISC OS Developments.
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
Graphics programming in BBC BASIC website - Richard Ashbery
RISC OS Build Service - Gerph
RISC OS Open Forums - RISC OS Open Ltd
The Icon Bar - The Icon Bar
The Stardot forums - Stardot
The Acorn News Service
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
Impression newsletter - Chris Hall
VirtualRIscPC in Use and supplements - T.O.M.S.
Drag 'n Drop - Christopher Dewhurst
Archive Magazine - Gavin Smith
Acorn - A World in Pixels - Idesine
The WROCC - WROCC
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
RISC OS Berlin
Big Ben Club website
GAG-News
RISCOS.fr
Steffen Huber's blog
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best show or event

Your nomination

Most innovative or interesting project


No opinion
Plans to overhaul the sound system - Jason Tribbeck as a result of contact with Cloverleaf
RISC OS Cloverleaf's attempt at crowdfunding via Kickstarter - RISC OS Cloverleaf
RISC OS Build Service - Gerph
Iris Browser - RISC OS Developments
DARIC - Daryl Dudey
Alternative option - please use the nomination below:
Your nomination (or other comment if the 'Alternative option' is not selected)

Best overall contributor

Your nomination

Broken cog of the year


No opinion
The increasingly common problem of announcements being sent to a narrow audience, and thus helping to make the operating system and its community of developers and users look less vibrant.
For misunderstanding licensing and copyright requirements and banning Andrew Poole from their Facebook group for raising the point (though they later did the right thing) - RISC OS Cloverleaf
The state of many RISC OS company websites which, if they don't look like they belong in the 1990s, are often out of date and don't get updated.
Software supplied in a problematic way, potentially causing conflicts with other software and shared libraries.
The lack of a decent, modern integrated development environment.
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 or mini.m)
RapidO Ig (including 'kit' form)
Titanium-based
ARMBook
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 any user group meetings?

The pandemic has changed the way user group meetings take place. Some smaller groups may not be holding meetings at the moment, while others - and certainly the larger groups - have taken them online. This question normally asks about your local group, but this year I have rephrased it to ask about any groups, because you may be attending meetings for a different group - possibly even more than one.

I'd rather not say.
Yes, regularly or fairly regularly.
Only occasionally.
No, I don't attend any.

14: Do you know of a local group and if/when they meet normally meet up in normal times?

Similarly, this question normally asks about your local group and if you don't attend it, why not - but for this unusual period, it has been rephrased to a simpler version.

I'd rather not say.
Yes.
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: Which other operating system would you say 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 initial processing of votes and survey questions is complete. If you need further information about this policy, please contact Vince Hudd / Soft Rock Software.

Your email address: