Adjust in hands of usersBy Chris Williams. Published: 25th Apr 2004, 11:37:14 | Permalink | Printable
Select OS in ROMOver the course of last week, Adjust ROM chips arrived at the doorsteps of users, confirming the availability of the first totally ROM based release of RISC OS 4 since 4.03. It also brings RISC OS back to its MOS roots and the golden age of microcomputers, where operating systems were fixed in ROM chips.
Thankfully however, RISC OS Adjust is a far cry from its MOS heritage and incorporates all the features of RISC OS 4 and RISC OS Select into one tidy package. Personally speaking, this writer finds the whole idea of opening up your RiscPC, tearing out chips and carefully fitting new ones just to upgrade your OS to be a little barbaric and the softloading system of Select was a welcomed change in the OS's upgrade approach. The RISC OS userbase still has its diversity though, and many ROM favouring users will be able to sleep soundly at night knowing that their new OS is safely protected in the silicon on their motherboards. RISCOS Ltd. have also spent a long time testing Adjust, so that all the code and resources committed to ROM are as bug free as possible.
One new Adjust user, Dave Briggs, initially commented around the time of release: "Got my Adjust 4.39 ROM set yesterday. Installing the ROMs and updating the !Boot went smoothly and all seems to be working well. Copying files seems to be a bit faster and, not having the double boot, means that the desktop certainly comes up quicker."
As RISC OS Adjust is still a 26 bit OS, Iyonix users certainly won't be able to benefit from the upgrade. While RISCOS Ltd. have in the past called for greater cooperation between themselves and Castle over the issue of 32bitting RISC OS 4, there seems to be little movement from the Iyonix developers. RISCOS Ltd. have also denied that the majority of their Select scheme could be easily made 32bit, as a lot of their work relies on kernel level changes and this is presumably where RISCOS Ltd. needs Castle's help. An increasing number of users have now threatened to not renew their subscriptions to the Select scheme unless RISC OS Select is made Iyonix compatible. We look forward to asking a lot of interesting questions at this coming Wakefield show, in May.
While there must be around 4,000 copies of RISC OS 4 in the wild, the first run of Adjust was only a batch of 150 Flash ROMs. Provided there's further demand, RISCOS Ltd. would like to do a further run of 250 OTP ROMs.
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